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These neighborhood restaurants' off-menu items are secret pleasures for those in the know.

These dishes from neighborhood restaurants aren’t on the menu. You just have to know.

Baked brie at The Grape. Photo by Can Türkyilmaz

Only so much ink will fit in print. Ask any graphic designer. That’s one reason almost every restaurant serves a dish or two that is not on the menu. Some are famous. Others are the result of cravings, hangovers and happy accidents. Even though one or two might annoy the cook or waiter, these off-the-menu dishes keep customers smiling.

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El cachetón margarita at The Blue Goose

Blackened alligator on dirty rice at Alligator Café

Baked brie at The Grape

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