Eat Duck Gizzards & Beef Tongue in Seattle

I have had the not-so-much-pleasure of tasting lambs tongue before (never duck gizzards), on my 13th wedding anniversary. Not really a fan. Actually, I only took one bite. That was enough.

But, that doesn’t mean that I should exclude ever tasting any other animal tongue out there. Does it?

Just a hop, skip and jump (all uphill) from Pike Place Market in Seattle, sits a trendy French inspired bistro, Marche. It was a fluke that we found it on the way back to the Mayflower Park Hotel. A fluke, in the greatest way.
marche bistro seattle

“Marche serves food inspired by the tradition of French bistros, highlighting seasonal, full-flavored robust food and wines exceptional in value and quality”

We bellied up to the bar. As usual. I couldn’t resist ordering a glass of “seduction red” keg wine. Literally, the bartender poured it from a beer wine tap. Very seductive.
Keg Wine at March Bistro in Seattle
 Keg Wine at Marche Bistro in Seattle

He then enthusiastically recommended the beef tongue and duck gizzards. Really? I wonder how many, prior to myself, took him up on this offer: a dinner of duck gizzards and tongue?

I actually considered it a bonus that there would be two new offals in one meal.
Beef tongue at Marche Bistro Duck Gizzards at Marche Bistro in Seattle

The beef tongue arrived to the table carpaccio style, sliced see-through thin. It lacked the gamey flavor of the lamb tongue that I had previously tasted. Phew.

Beef tongue could easily be mistaken for a dry roast beef.

Fried duck gizzards were a fine companion for the tongue. Did I mention fried? And we all know that just about anything deep-fried tastes good. These gizzards were reminiscent of the escargot that I had at sea, the flavor and texture of an ever-so slightly chewy, baked crimini.

Duck Gizzards and Beef Tongue

The finale, to wash down the prior odds and ends, was the largest meringue I had ever seen. I took my fork and immediately stabbed the middle. Similar to the petite-sized version, it was crunchy on the outside with a slightly gooey center. We only made it through a quarter of this sugar-infested dessert.

The meringue did do its job of masking the taste of beef tongue and duck gizzard that was left in my mouth.
Meringue at Marche

We enjoyed our experience so much that we went back the next night…but, just for the keg wine.

Have you ever had beef tongue, duck gizzards or keg wine?

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2018-12-21T17:36:56+00:00March 30th, 2012|Categories: FOOD, North America, QUIRKY, TRAVEL, Washington|Tags: , , |


  1. Alison March 31, 2012 at 3:27 am - Reply

    Good on you for trying these foods that, to be honest, sound horrible but I'm sure were actually quite tasty.  However I have no doubts at all that the meringue was delicious, and it's massive! 🙂

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey March 31, 2012 at 6:57 am - Reply

      It always surprises me when restaurants have these types of items on their menus, because it means that not just me is ordering them 😉

  2. Lizzy Bradbury April 2, 2012 at 12:17 am - Reply

    I have to say that sounds like the strangest meal – possibly ever! My husband's family always have tongue at Christmas – A tradition I have not yet taken up 😉

  3. Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) April 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    You're so brave! I would love to be such a culinary daredevil 🙂

    • Annette | Bucket List Journey April 3, 2012 at 9:12 pm - Reply

      Believe me, sometimes I am really happy that my goal is to only try everything ONCE!

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  7. Kerry July 9, 2014 at 2:08 am - Reply

    There has been a family member or two of mine who have eaten tongue and I never had the urge to join. The food ones are probably the most difficult for me that you tackle in these lists. I am more adventurous when it comes to food than my father, but that’s not really saying much. 🙂

    • Annette White July 9, 2014 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      I really to have a thing for eating weird food, but I completely understand that it is not for everyone!

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