Where to Find Frogs' Legs in Dallas

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A story in yesterday's New York Times has me thinking about frogs' legs. The story details France's historic obsession with the amphibian delicacy. The passion has waned as tastes have changed and a ban in the '80s made it illegal to trade in French frogs. Still, some restaurants hang on to the culinary tradition, making use of imported frogs or farm-bred animals not affected by the ban.

Frogs' legs are on menus in Dallas as well. The most obvious sighting (given the strong French tradition) is served at Toulouse on Knox Street, where they're prepared a la Provençal, with garlic, capers, olives and tomatoes. They're more Americanized at Nova, where they're treated like chicken wings (they do taste similar), fried and served with celery and blue cheese.

My favorite frogs' legs can be ordered at the newly opened Mot Hai Ba in East Dallas. Jeana Johnson says the dish they serve is inspired by a meal they had at a collection of street stalls, which was served by a waitstaff. "Our waiter said if you don't get this, you're really missing the best thing," Johnson said. It was inspiring enough that she's recreated the dish at her new Vietnamese restaurant.

Johnson fries the legs in a light tempura -- the crunchy delicate breading laced with fresh dill. Dipped in a subtly sweetened fish sauce, the fragrant herb pops, and the meat encased in the coating is moist and tender. It's a great appetizer, but watch out for the tiny bones.

Location Info

Mot Hai Ba

6047 Lewis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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27 comments
McAwesome
McAwesome

"Mot Hai Ba" is a ridiculous name for a restaurant.

LaSherra Green
LaSherra Green

The blandest tasting meat in the world. Shark running close second.

Angel Parkey
Angel Parkey

then, TAKE IT BACK! Don't let the assholes win.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Now if someone could make them like Sahkuu's chicken wings.

NewsDog
NewsDog

Fish Shack in Plano. Fried or grilled. 

cynicaloldbastard
cynicaloldbastard

The Alligator Cafe in Casa Linda now has frog legs as a regular special.

robizzle311
robizzle311

I still love the old school Appetizer at Pappadeaux.  They will still make them on request :)

Pan seared with tomatoes and garlic and side of buttery toastpoints.  So good!

Logan Hill
Logan Hill

Anywhere that serves frog legs is probably full of assholes too : )

Jan Morga
Jan Morga

No thank you! LOL When we move to Dallas, I'll be looking for some good Mexican and BBQ food! :D

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Taste like checken.

Are they using a whole frog allocation program at MHB?

Other locations to get ur belly full..... Offshore's Nextdoor , Flying Fish, Catfish Smith or Siagon Block,

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Going to have to give this a try. My last frog-leg experience was at Papadeaux, and it was not very pleasant - over breaded and under cooked. *blech*

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

It's a McAwesome name for a restaurant.

Daniel
Daniel

@Danni McCarthy   That looks like an ass and legs yum!

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@Jan Morga There will be plenty of both.

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