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Eight Blood-Spiked Dishes to Try in D.C.

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Did yesterday's premiere of True Blood's sixth season incite a craving for something a little heavier than the average red sauce? Probably not, but although it can seem taboo today, eating and drinking blood has been a culinary mainstay all over the world for centuries. Historically, this "trend" started as a matter of thriftiness — not wasting any part of a kill — and has developed to become a delicacy for only the strongest of stomachs.

The DC area is home to plenty of dishes dripping in sangre. Just like the show True Blood, this list is not for the squeamish. Seen any other vampire-friendly dishes around town? Share in the comments.
—Shayla Martin


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. B Too

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1324 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 627-2800
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The dish: Bloedworst Wafel Met Appeltjes
This Belgian specialty features a waffle stuffed with "boudin noir", also known as blood sausage made with animal blood. The waffle is then topped with caramelized apple, green apple sauce and vincotto cream.

2. The Pig

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1320 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 290-2821
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The dish: Sundae Bloody Sundae
This chocolate ice cream sundae utilizes pig blood as a substiture for egg yolks in the ice cream to turn it into a smooth custard. According to Chef Fleming, the recipe is based on an ancient Italian recipe for blood pudding.

3. Sichuan Jin River

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410 Hungerford Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
The dish: Duck Blood curd in Sichuan sauce
The "Authentic Chinese Style" menu at Sichaun Jin River features delicacies like intestines with hot peppers, duck tongue with pickled pepper and the duck blood dish above.

4. Full Key Restaurant

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2227 University Blvd W
Wheaton, MD 20902
(301) 933-8388
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The dish: Duck blood in ginger and scallions
Full Kee's blood dish provides a bit of texture. Slices of congealed, solid pieces of blood are sliced and then stirfried with onions, scallions and garlic in a light sauce.

5. Ireland's Four Courts

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2051 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 525-3600
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The dish: Traditional Irish breakfast
The Irish breakfast includes black and white pudding – sausage made with blood and sausage without blood.

6. Quan Quynh

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6763 Wilson Blvd, Ste 9
Falls Church, VA 22044
(703) 854-1058
The dish: Bun Bo Hue
This Vietnamese Spicy Beef noodle soup includes shredded beef, pig knuckle, congealed pig's blood and rice noodles.

7. El Chucho Cocina Superior

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3313 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 290-3313
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The dish: Sope de Moronga
While blood sausage isn't hard to find in DC, El Chucho does something different by removing the sausage from its casing and placing it atop a fried corn flour crust. The loose sausage is then topped with fresh tomatoes and a shiso leaf.

8. Del Campo

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777 I St NW
Washington, DC 20001
The dish: Morcilla
Blood sausage isn't just for Irish breakfast. The new South American restaurant Del Campo in Penn Quarter features morcilla, a sausage made with pig's blood.

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1. B Too

1324 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
The dish: Bloedworst Wafel Met Appeltjes
This Belgian specialty features a waffle stuffed with "boudin noir", also known as blood sausage made with animal blood. The waffle is then topped with caramelized apple, green apple sauce and vincotto cream.
1324 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

2. The Pig

1320 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
The dish: Sundae Bloody Sundae
This chocolate ice cream sundae utilizes pig blood as a substiture for egg yolks in the ice cream to turn it into a smooth custard. According to Chef Fleming, the recipe is based on an ancient Italian recipe for blood pudding.
1320 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

3. Sichuan Jin River

410 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD 20850
The dish: Duck Blood curd in Sichuan sauce
The "Authentic Chinese Style" menu at Sichaun Jin River features delicacies like intestines with hot peppers, duck tongue with pickled pepper and the duck blood dish above.
410 Hungerford Drive
Rockville, MD 20850

4. Full Key Restaurant

2227 University Blvd W, Wheaton, MD 20902
The dish: Duck blood in ginger and scallions
Full Kee's blood dish provides a bit of texture. Slices of congealed, solid pieces of blood are sliced and then stirfried with onions, scallions and garlic in a light sauce.
2227 University Blvd W
Wheaton, MD 20902

5. Ireland's Four Courts

2051 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
The dish: Traditional Irish breakfast
The Irish breakfast includes black and white pudding – sausage made with blood and sausage without blood.
2051 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

6. Quan Quynh

6763 Wilson Blvd, Ste 9, Falls Church, VA 22044
The dish: Bun Bo Hue
This Vietnamese Spicy Beef noodle soup includes shredded beef, pig knuckle, congealed pig's blood and rice noodles.
6763 Wilson Blvd, Ste 9
Falls Church, VA 22044

7. El Chucho Cocina Superior

3313 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
The dish: Sope de Moronga
While blood sausage isn't hard to find in DC, El Chucho does something different by removing the sausage from its casing and placing it atop a fried corn flour crust. The loose sausage is then topped with fresh tomatoes and a shiso leaf.
3313 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

8. Del Campo

777 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001
The dish: Morcilla
Blood sausage isn't just for Irish breakfast. The new South American restaurant Del Campo in Penn Quarter features morcilla, a sausage made with pig's blood.
777 I St NW
Washington, DC 20001

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