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Specialty meat market?

DrurySheriff Nov 28, 2006 05:01 PM

Anybody knows where I can buy sweetbreads, calf's lungs, calf's brains? I've had these in several restaurants in this area...I'm sure, there are meat suppliers who sell these types of meats. Thanks.

  1. Meg Nov 28, 2006 05:57 PM

    The H Mart (i go to the one at Gallows and 29) has the widest selection of unusual animal organs/parts that I've seen in any store. Though I think they're typically pig parts. Might be worth calling.

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      MakingSense Nov 28, 2006 06:40 PM

      The large market building in the Florida Avenue Market (roughly 6th and Florida, NE) has a very wide variety of vendors who have unusual meats and cuts. Many immigrants shop there for goat, halal meats, offal, etc. not commonly available in supermarkets. It's also a good place to purchase in large quantity.
      Try some of the vendors in the wholesale market itself. Many will sell retail. There are Asian, Hispanic and other products.

      A good butcher shop may be willing to special order them for you although it is increasingly hard to find such shops.

      1. chowser Nov 28, 2006 07:38 PM

        I wonder if you could get it, or at least order it, from the Springfield Butcher. Here's an article about meat markets in the DC area w/ an address and phone number for the Springfield Butcher:


        If you're willing to travel, there's a good chance that Ayrshire Farm would have some, too.


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          mikesquirrel Nov 29, 2006 10:04 AM

          I know that i saw that wegman's in maryland have sweetbreads, not sure that the ones in virginia do.

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            DrurySheriff Dec 8, 2006 04:04 PM

            Thanks everyone for the tips. I appreciated it.

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              DrurySheriff Feb 28, 2007 01:28 PM

              After searching for offals in the suggested places, here what I found: There is no sweetbreads in Wegman's Virginia. IAnd none in Springfield's butcher. I've been going to Wagshall's in DC, they have variety of offals but you have to call before to check. So far, I've been buying frozen sweetbreads from there. They only have fresh ones once a week. BUT...Wholefoods market in Centreville/Fair Lakes has fresh sweetbreads, veal kidneys, and tounges. They are cheaper too than the ones in Wagshall's. Thanks everyone for the ideas.

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              1. re: DrurySheriff
                Pappy Feb 28, 2007 02:21 PM

                I am shocked to hear this. The Wholefoods that I have shopped in don't sell any veal at all. I believe this is due to animal cruelity issues. In fact, they stopped selling lobsters last summer for the same reason, although I have heard they reversed this policy. Is it possible that each Wholefoods can determine its own position on the matter?

              2. Gonzocook Feb 28, 2007 02:27 PM

                Try Eastern Market. They have the more hard-core meat lover's parts.

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                  paxamicus Mar 12, 2007 07:28 PM

                  Have you tried the Mt. Airy Locker Company in Mt. Airy, MD?


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                    treetop tom Mar 12, 2007 08:49 PM

                    J.W. Treuth & Sons in Oella, MD, processes 100 beef a day and has a retail store that sells all types of high-quality beef and beef by-products. Kind of a long haul for somebody in NOVA, though. www.treuth.com

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