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They say the stomach is the way to the heart. This Valentine’s Day, consider flipping the equation. Plenty of Peruvian restaurants serve the organ grilled and skewered, but it also shows up in everything from salads to pierogi at upscale establishments showing off their nose-to-tail cred. Here are five places where you can muster your inner Khaleesi:


5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 201

Sliced veal heart with chimichurri sauce



1926 9th St. NW

“Heart of Darkness” sandwich with thinly sliced beef heart, bone marrow mayo, carmelized onions, horseradish, and arugula


Birch & Barley

1337 14th St. NW

Stuffed pierogi with grilled duck heart, potato, Emmentaler cheese, rosemary-apple puree, and pearl onion



775 G St. NW

Pig heart pastrami as part of a plate of house-made pâtés and terrines


Mintwood Place

1813 Columbia Rd. NW

Wood-grilled confit calf heart salad with cauliflower, salsify, mixed greens, and a poached egg


Photo by Rosina Hubner. Graphic by Carey Jordan.