100 Favorite Dishes: Chicken Gizzards at Sushi Yama

As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no particular order. Some are little known, others celebrated. Some are pricey, others can be eaten on the cheap, but all are delicious to the extreme. Don't hesitate to share your own nominations in the comments. More of the dish's tasty details are after the jump.

No. 91: Chicken Gizzards at Sushi Yama

How do I begin to extol the gloriousness that is the fried chicken gizzards at Forest Lane's tucked-away gem, Sushiyama? Living in a city where sometimes I miss a certain degree of culinary variety, this dish is a delightful find.

Gizzard, a muscle-lined digestive organ found in birds, is typically quite bland, but is loved by those who enjoy its chewy texture. When seasoned, coated in flour and fried, the result is an explosively pleasurable experience of textures and flavors -- simultaneously crunchy, chewy, salty, garlicky and juicy. A squeeze of lemon cuts the grease factor and rounds out the whole dish by adding a bit of citrus. How much do we love this dish? We're hoping that putting it on this list convinces those who have never fathomed ever eating gizzard to give it a try. Chicken never tasted this good.

Sushi Yama Japanese Restaurant‎
8989 Forest Lane

Check out our previous favorite dishes by clicking on these links:

No. 100 Oatmeal Pancakes at Legal Grounds
No. 99 Shanghai Buns at Jeng Chi Dumpling House
No. 98 Mashed Tater Parfait at Cowboy Chow
No. 97 Chicken and Waffles at Victor Tango's
No. 96 Colorado Lamb Osso Bucco at Hibiscus
No. 95 Flatbread Pizza at Dish
No. 94 First Chinese Barbecue in Richardson
No. 93 Elotes at Fuel City
No. 92: Summer Platter For Two at Big Shucks

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