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Nov 12, 2007 06:41 PM

Veal kidneys? (sometimes offal isn't so awful)

My family background is partly English - I'm the only person I know who grew up thinking sauteed veal kidneys and mushrooms in bechamel was a big treat for Sunday breakfast.

Does anyone know a reliable source?

Please don't suggest the North End. I lived there for 20 years and was a regular customer of the butcher shops the entire time. They're wonderful. never had problems ordering any kind of chicken, beef, lamb, veal as scallopine or a roast, but the couple times I asked about veal kidneys they suddenly got a little deaf or had problems with my English.

I've checked out the Super 88 in Allston a couple times but have only seen pork kidneys.


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  1. Are you looking for veal kidney dishes or raw veal kidneys? Petit Robert Bistro in South End had veal kidneys as a special during lunch a couple of weeks ago, but I didn't try it, so I have no idea how it is... good luck!

    1. I'd try some of the Halal food stores in your area. Maybe Cheema's Supermarket in Allston could help you out.

      1. I just saw some at Somerville Market Basket but I don't think they have them reliably. Likewise I've seen them at Savenor's but not always. I'd call one of the fancier butcher shops.

        1. I'm surprised the NE butchers do not sell veal kidneys. My Italian mother prepared them frequently. It was a simple dish... sauted in EVOO with onions, garlic,pancetta, mushrooms... white wine sauce.... I want some Now!

          1. i've seen kidneys (they were small, i'm assuming they were lamb or veal) at C-Mart in ChinaTown.

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            1. re: ScubaSteve

              C mart usually has pork kidneys. Taiwan Cafe has a good prep w/sesame oil/..#11 on lunch specials.

              Was in Sulmona this AM..They no longer get them; the veal hind quarters are coming in without kidneys...maybe a special order?

              I've seen them at Savenor's..but I'd call first to confirm or special order.

              1. re: 9lives

                then these were pretty small kidneys, about 3" in length. i always think of pork kidneys as being a bit larger.