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San Diego Sweetbreads

I've recently been converted into the cult of sweetbreads. It seems, that they're all over the menus around San Diego. Does anyone else notice this? Recently, I've enjoyed them as appetizers at the new Cowboy Star restaurant downtown and at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma. Both really delicious! The treatment has been almost as an "upscale" chicken tender with interesting sauces. Can anyone suggest other places serving good sweetbreads? Are there interesting cultural variations of sweetbreads I should be aware of?

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  1. I have not had them, but I have heard that Mille Fleur offers them.

    1. Bite on University does them. Check out their menu at www.bitesd.com.

      1. We had some in a tasting menu at The Better Half. Very good.

        1. Piatti in La Jolla Shores sometimes has them, they're the best I've had in San Diego (though I haven't made a special search for them...).

          Pampas Grille on Aero Drive at least used to have them on their regular menu, simply grilled, no sauce/adornment, fairly cheap too, IIRC.

          1. We recently had REALLY good sweetbreads at Whisk N Ladle in La Jolla. This restuarant was formerly known as Fresh and then Fresher.

            1. They are on the appetizer menu at www.labastidebistro.com in Scripps Ranch. I have been told they are delicious.

              1. I had them at Pampas Grill on Aero Dr. a while back. The offer them as an appetizer, but they let me have them as an entree. They were good, but pretty rich. I think they grilled, then deep fried them.

                1. Thanks for all the suggestions, folks! I guess we'd better get to eating, right?

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                  1. re: gpdexter

                    In responce to cultural variations of sweetbreads, the French do quite well with Ris de Veau a la Financiere. Truffles and thymus galnds, what is not to love?

                  2. my girlfriend insisted on going to Thee Bungalow for Rest. Week and they had sweetbreads for an appetizer.

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                      1. Arterra has them - current menu shows "CRISPY “CHICKEN-FRIED” SWEETBREADS~ Green Onion Biscuits, “Andouille Sausage Gravy”, Quail Egg ~ $16.50" Kind of a fun take on a southern breakfast?

                        In winter I had them there in a soup.

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                        1. re: FireFlyFiftyFive

                          Those sound delicious FireFly. I'm a sucker for anything "chicken-fried" with gravy. I've been to Arterra for business lunches and always enjoyed the food. Haven't had dinner there yet, but should make an effort.

                        2. I had yesterday a very good variation of animelle which is an italian version of sweetbread at Piatti. Sauteed with mixed mushrooms and garlic.

                          1. I read today that the Pearl in Point Loma has a sweetbread appetizer that is a regular on the menu as well as a $25 three-course menu every Monday night.

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                            1. re: foodiechick

                              Slight correction, Foodiechick: The Pearl's three-course, $25 menu is indeed every Monday, but starting in July -- so, July 7 is the first evening.