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chefschickie Jul 18, 2008 04:47 PM

DH absolutely adores Sweetbreads, anybody have any suggestions where they might be served for lunch or dinner??
I searched the board, but pretty much only old posts about it....

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  1. wolfe RE: chefschickie Jul 18, 2008 05:04 PM

    Recent sweetbread posts along with others.
    missneedle 7/15
    oldTimer 7/12
    carrie218 7/3
    SteveG 6/26

    1. Paul H RE: chefschickie Jul 18, 2008 07:16 PM

      Sweetbreads are on the menu at Fringale as an appetizer. The preparation is excellent (with a vinegar veal-stock [?] reduction), and I have a hard time ordering anything else.

      Fringale Restaurant
      570 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

      1. Ruth Lafler RE: chefschickie Jul 18, 2008 08:48 PM

        I had a delicious sweetbread appetizer at Jack Falstaff this spring. Many years ago I had some great sweetbreads at Piperade -- they're the regular Monday special.

        1. Robert Lauriston RE: chefschickie Jul 19, 2008 10:54 AM

          Menu changes daily, but the best I've had were at incanto.

          SPQR usually has them.

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            Carrie 218 RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 20, 2008 07:52 AM

            SPQR always has them and several months ago I would have recommended them whole-heartedly. Not now; they have changed the preparation and they aren't nearly as spectacular as they were when the restaurant opened.

            1. re: Carrie 218
              Robert Lauriston RE: Carrie 218 Jul 20, 2008 10:50 AM

              The menu still lists sweetbreads with celery, garlic, onion, and oregano, which is how they were prepared when I had them in December.

              General discussion of whether the food has gone downhill:


              1. re: Carrie 218
                Amy G RE: Carrie 218 Jul 20, 2008 11:05 AM

                I think they are much better as the pieces are a bit bigger and thus the center is which is firm but still gives is more noticeable. Before all you could taste was the fried coating. Portion is much bigger which is the down side for me as I can only eat so many of them, but it is perfect to share now. So it is the same dish, but with bigger pieces that are more distinctly sweetbread like.
                I had not gone back since April or so and was blown away by my dinner there last week. They had a Petrale sole dish with string beans that was unreal A food writer friend from Florida insisted he wanted to check it out and we were both in disbelief about how good the food was. Pastas are more al dente which I like as I had gotten some pastas back when they opened that were about over done for my taste. To each their own, but I like the new menu format and food better.

                1. re: Amy G
                  Carrie 218 RE: Amy G Jul 20, 2008 04:56 PM

                  My critique from about a month ago (which I can't seem to find now but will re-print from another site) -- contrary to Amy's assessment, I don't believe the portion is bigger:

                  "They have changed the service on the sweetbreads; it used to be part of that which you could order as smaller plates or singularly for $8.00. Now it is on the right-hand side of the menu as part of "Antipasti Grande" and the plates range from $13 to $16. I have to say that as much as I loved their sweetbreads, the new service and preparation is worse; the sweetbreads used to be cut smaller and the ample $8.00 plate had lots of small, crunchy bites. I believe they are serving the EXACT SAME AMOUNT, however they are no longer cutting them small, but frying them bigger and just serving them on bigger plates for double the price. Yep: $16.00! Not worth it in my opinion."

                  1. re: Carrie 218
                    wolfe RE: Carrie 218 Jul 20, 2008 06:15 PM

                    You mean this one that I referenced in my first reply above?

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                      Carrie 218 RE: wolfe Jul 20, 2008 09:04 PM

                      Oooops - thanks!

            2. EnderWiggin RE: chefschickie Jul 20, 2008 03:27 PM

              The Girl and the Fig in Sonoma has great sweetbreads as well as Angele in downtown Napa.

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                grantham RE: chefschickie Jul 28, 2008 01:17 AM

                North Beach Restaurant in North Beach.

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                  wolfe RE: grantham Jul 28, 2008 06:49 AM

                  What about La Folie?

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                    rworange RE: grantham Jul 28, 2008 10:04 AM


                    With your recent positive posts on North Beach restaurant, I wish you would start a separate topic on what you find special about the place. I didn't have much luck there,but maybe I've ordered the wrong thing.

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                      Robert Lauriston RE: grantham Jul 28, 2008 11:16 AM

                      What was good there? Reports here on North Beach Restaurant have been pretty mixed and sometimes quite negative, especially given the relatively high prices. You could eat at Incanto, A16, La Ciccia, or even Quince for less.


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                        rworange RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 28, 2008 02:13 PM

                        Robert, I'm more than aware of the comments on North Beach Restaurant. However, grantham has enthusiastically mentioned some dishes that don't get attention at that place like the sweetbreads mentioned in this thread and the shrimp risotto and something else in another.

                        Grantham ... I've started a new thread about this ... maybe you can chime in on this one ...

                    2. singleguychef RE: chefschickie Jul 28, 2008 10:42 AM

                      Had great dish at Bar Tartine recently. But it's tricky with restaurants that have changing menus.

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                        grantham RE: chefschickie Jul 29, 2008 01:07 AM

                        I enthusiatically stand by my endorsement of the North Beach Restaurant sweetbreads dish. The Bistro Jeanty sweetbreads also deserve accolades. At Bistro Jeanty, however, I neglected to mention the lincredible lamb tongue salad, which I couldn't help comparing to the one at Acquerello, I had sampled three nights before.
                        We were formerly Bouchon fans (what an incredible fois gras), but are now Bistro Jeanty addicts.

                        By the way, it was the risotto pescotore, not shrimp, that my wife will never forget at North Beach Restaurant.

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