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Where to buy sweetbreads?

Kosmonaut Oct 21, 2006 01:09 AM

I recently had the mollejas at Lala's Grill on Melrose, which were very good. Also, mollejas tacos at King Taco are awesome.

Where can one buy fresh sweetbreads in LA? I checked Whole Foods today and did not see them in the butcher section.



  1. w
    wpage May 17, 2010 05:41 PM

    The Mexican meat shop (forgot the name) on the NW corner of Manhattan Beach Blvd and Inglewood in Redondo Beach usually has them.

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    1. re: wpage
      WSB May 18, 2010 08:56 AM

      The Market is called El Gaucho and it's Argentinian. And they always carry sweetbreads.

    2. Will Owen May 17, 2010 04:25 PM

      I took my late pa-in-law's advice and ordered some from the meat department at How's in Pasadena, who got me some nice ones from Harris Ranch for cheap. Most good butchers have a schedule for placing and filling orders like this, and in my experience the prices are reasonable. Just go in and ask.

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        jaykayen May 17, 2010 03:45 PM

        Wholesome Choice in Anaheim

        1. OCEllen May 17, 2010 02:39 PM

          Any place in OC selling them regularly? City of Orange in particular. I'm also looking for lamb kidneys.

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          1. re: OCEllen
            Professor Salt May 17, 2010 02:55 PM

            Lamb offal is always on hand at Super Irvine in Irvine. Tongues, kidneys, as well as muscle meat.

            Can't help you with the sweetbreads.

          2. Dommy May 17, 2010 11:47 AM

            McCall's Meat and Seafood in Los Feliz has them...


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            1. re: Dommy
              SIMIHOUND May 17, 2010 01:09 PM

              My mom kept kosher and we always had them so I assume that the kosher butchers sold them.

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              somenoise May 17, 2010 11:33 AM

              I know it's a few years later, but you can also buy molleja at any Argentinian butcher/deli/market in the LA area. This includes Mercado Buenos Aires in Van Nuys, El Camaguey Meat Market in Palms, and Argentina Grocery Inc in Pasadena. I'm sure others abound but I can vouch for the quality (and $$$) of the meats at these three. Buy a couple of Longaniza to grill with some french rolls while you're at it!

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                drumbago Oct 21, 2006 01:28 AM

                I've had luck by calling ahead to Bristol Farms (Pasadena) and asking the butcher if they have it in stock. If they don't, you can ask to have them order it for you. He'll call you when it comes in.

                Bristol Farms
                (626) 441-5450


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                1. re: drumbago
                  Kosmonaut Oct 22, 2006 04:38 AM

                  Thank you!

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