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Feb 3, 2001 04:36 PM

Butcher, help

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I'm looking for a good butcher who will sell me a smallish number of lamb kidneys. I tried the big one in the It. Mkt (I can never remember their name), and they said they'd order me some, but I'd have to buy them by the case, which I don't want to do (I have no real freezer space and anyway, doubt I'll go through 10lbs in a matter of less than a year).

Any other suggestions?


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  1. Gabriel:

    Try calling Sonny D'Angelo's on 9th Street. He's the guy that makes all the wonderful sausages, but also does lamb and game meats. If he can't get them for you he should be able to send you in the right direction. You could also try Harry Och's at Reading Terminal Market.

    Good luck! What are you cooking???


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    1. re: Katie Benes
      Gabriel Solis


      Thanks for the suggestions. Is Sonny D'Angelo's the one nearer Washington that has the great sausage with parmesan or the one nearer Christopher that sells boar and pheasant and whatnot?

      I've become near-fixated (alright, absolutely fixated) on the notion of having sauteed lamb kidneys. It's a sort of long story, but basically I like few things more than offal, and the kidneys came up in a conversation and now I can't get the impression out of my mind: little crescents on a plate, glistening from being sauteed in butter, a few chives sprinkled over them, a pan sauce around them, and garlicy potatoes on the side. Don't know how I'm going to rest until I eat it. Until I find someone who will sell me a reasonable amount of lamb kidneys I'm probably going to have to console myself with sweetbreads (apples and oranges, I know, but it's a good way to take my mind off the kidneys).


      1. re: Gabriel Solis

        Hi Gabriel:

        D'Angelo's is the one closer to Christian that does pheasant, snake, buffalo, and the most fabulous sausages of all sorts. It's at 909 South 9th Street, (215)923-5637. Sonny is the owner and should be able to help you.

        Kidneys wouldn't be *my* jones of choice but perhaps I have never had them well prepared. They have always tasted vaguely ammonia-like to me and I never liked them. I understand the craving thing well - I get the same way for sushi, and nothing will make it go away except a night of sashimi and handrolls! The supermarket sushi (perish the thought!) and even anyplace other than my favorite Japanese restaurant are just a tease and won't even put a dent in my desire. I hope the sweetbreads help in the absence of your beloved kidneys, but you're right, it's just not a fair comparison.

        Good luck and I hope you find what you're after!

    2. Gabe: I've never heard of such a thing! I used to get them (and veal kidneys too) at Schnucks in St. Louis. If you asked at a regular grocery store, couldn't they get a few pair for you? Try someplace that gets lots of meat delivered. And please report back. An unrequited craving for kidneys is a very sad thing! pat