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Feb 9, 2007 07:38 AM

Which restaurant serves sweetbreads?

Have searched google fruitlessly for restaurants in the Boston area serving sweetbreads! I tried a Chowhound search as well, but all of the posts are old/outdated so that the restaurant's menu has been changed by now. Am willing to drive 30 minutes outside of Boston also to find the darned sweetbreads...but am too lazy to cook them myself. Thanks so much!

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  1. A lot of restaurants - especially French - either have them on the regular menu, or as frequent specials. Eastern Standard, Les Zygomates, Aujourd'hui, Locke Ober, Petite Robert are just a few that come to mind off the top of my head.

    1. Look for the "BRAINS" sign! Yeah, you have to go French for them, almost always, although I do find Malaysian and Korean cuisine are big into "nonstandard" body parts, including brains. Probably would have to be a Malaysian sit-down place, not a buffet!

      P.S. "come to mind off the top of my head" Brilliant!

      P.P.S. Aren't you afraid of "mad cow" or similar diseases? The chance of contracting them from eating brains appears to be much higher than eating other body parts.

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      1. re: rakh

        Sweetbreads aren't brains. They are thymus glands. Yum. The best I've had in Boston were at No 9 Park.

        1. re: rakh

          sweetbreads are not brains. they are the thymus gland. i don't think in this country with products from reputable/reliable providers that you have to worry about diseases such as Mad Cow, at least i don't.

          1. re: rakh

            Veal sweetbreads are actually pancreas or thymus, not brains...

            1. re: rakh

              Thanks. I DO know they're thymus glands, but that doesn't pun-up as well.

            2. The best I've had were in an appetizer at Sage. They're not on the current menu, though.

              1. sibling rivalry and hammersley's sometimes have them too.

                1. I've had them at Troquet. Locke-Ober does them in a pastry crust.