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I found an amazing recipe for braised beef cheeks on Best Recipes but oh where oh where does one find the stuff? I've tried calling around local ethnic markets as well as the high end places like Whole Foods but no luck. Does anyone know of a place where I can buy beef cheeks, preferrably in the Westside?
Thanks so much.

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  1. I've bought some at Hows Market. It seemed to be a sort of random thing so I would suggest you call first.

    1. Have you tried a Mexican carniceria, asking for cabeza?

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      1. re: SauceSupreme

        the kosher butchers on pico can get it for you.

        1. re: trojans

          can you post a link to the recipe?

          Chowhound team PLEASE don't delete.

          1. re: trojans

            SauceSupreme or any other helpful chowhound is welcome to post a link to a recipe, but only on our Home Cooking board, here: http://www.chowhound.com/boards/31 . He or she can then post a head's up here to notify hounds in LA.

          2. re: trojans

            I didn't realize there were kosher butchers on Pico. I've seen one on Santa Monica by Colby. Do you know the name or cross streets of the one you're referring to? Thanks!

            I'll test out the recipe after I get my hands on the cheeks and then post it if it's worth the effort. It's one of those things that require a 24 hr marinade and 3 hrs of cooking time.

            1. re: HungryKat

              i like Doheny Meat on Pico. Call ahead 310 276 7232

        2. Not the Westside exactly (or is it?), but if you call ahead at Marconda at the Farmer's Market (3rd & Fairfax) I'm pretty sure they can order it for you. They can usually procure special orders in 2 or 3 days. I have to add, their meat is extremely good, they are adorable, and my only problem with them is the size of their cuts is usually too big for me.

          1. I got beef cheeks last February from Manny the butcher at Bel Air Prime meats on Beverly Glen. You need to call ahead. (310) 475-5915. Most other butcher shops won't sell them unless you're buying 10 lbs, which is a lot. But with a few days' notice, Manny got me 4 cheeks and even trimmed them for me.
            For the record, we used Tom Cilicchio's recipe from "Think Like A Chef" and served them over spaetzle. They were, to use Tom's word, "sensual." Eat well and good luck!

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            1. re: GourmetGhost

              Thank you all for your suggestions! I'll let you know how it turns out.