A trip to a Carytown restaurant left one woman with a bit of a bad taste in her mouth.
Dorsey McFadden said she is usually adventuresome when it comes to trying new foods, but that she got more than she bargained for after ordering the bleu ball pizza
ďIt had a funny name but didnít think too much about it. Later, I came to find out that the steak was bull testicles
,Ē said McFadden.
She admits she didnít specifically ask what was in the pizza, but when she saw the words swing steak listed on the menu, she didnít imagine that her topping would be coming from that part of the bull.
ďI was more astonished that they wouldnít just tell you," explained McFadden. "Itís not a question of allergies for me, but itís a question of full disclosure. Certainly I think there are some people who for religious reasons or personal reasons just wouldnít want to eat that.Ē
However, she said when she asked the waiter about the name, he chuckled and said their staff came up with the name together and just thought it was appropriate.
In addition, McFadden said the waiter never explained to her that the swing steak on the menu is poached bull testicles.
ďI found out later through some friends that went there and ate the pizza and then found out what it was. Also, there are people on Twitter talking about it and thatís how I found out that I wasnít the only one,Ē McFadden added.
BlowToad's General Manager Chris Simons said he understand McFadden's concern.
"We do put on the menu that itís swing steak. Thatís another name generally used for it," said Simons. "We definitely put the burden of explaining on our servers as opposed to the menu. We donít try to purposely hide it, though.Ē
Simmons also said n fact, he said when they were creating the menu and researching how other establishments prepared bull testicles, they learned it is the most popular dish at Bronco Stadium in Denver.
In fact, simons said the pizza is one of BlowToadís most popular dishes.
ďItís a great flavor. It does create a buzz when our servers explain what it is. People ask about it and we even send out samples to their tables and they try it. Itís mental for some people. If they can get past the mental aspect of it, the flavor is fantastic
,Ē added Simons.
ďI think everything else was good about the restaurant," said McFadden. "The beers were excellent. The waiters were good. I just want to know what Iím eating. They werenít saying what part of the animal it was. I donít think they were trying to be dishonest, but I do think it was misleading.Ē
The next time McFadden is in a restaurant, she said she will ask more questions.