I want to make a braise of lamb shoulder, but I am not sure where to buy this. It seems that all I can find is leg of lamb or lamb chops or rack of lamb. Any ideas?
Jons Market on Vermont at Hollywood, I bet most Jons carry that, maybe some hispanic markets. Call Papa Cristos on Pico at Normandie.
Try calling the Top Valu market in West L.A./Culver City area, south of Culver Blvd. at 4700 Inglewood Blvd. 310-390-9630. This is a market that caters to Latinos. They have cuts of meat not usually found in the mainstream supermarkets. I love their entire store. They have a large international foods section, a nice bakery with made on-site Mexican pastries, wide variety of hot take-out foods, and usually 3-4 aqua frescas to choose from. Prices are very reasonable, especially produce where you can find ripe, ready to eat items. They are in the process of putting in a tortilleria to make fresh tortillas. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.
What neighborhood are you in? Alexander's Meats, in Howie's Market in San Gabriel, breaks down all of their own meat and so can give you any cut you'd like, including lamb shoulder. The butchers there really know their stuff and will cut to order. It's on San Gabriel at the corner of Duarte. (626) 286-8871.