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Hog Head - where to buy in SD

afinkle Oct 19, 2008 11:32 AM

I'm on a mission to make head cheese. Before you gag at my desires, has anyone seen a place in San Diego (I'm guessing mexican market somewhere) that sells whole hog heads?

I may settle for veal head from Vine Ripe if all else fails...

  1. DiningDiva Oct 19, 2008 02:58 PM

    Try Pancho Villa on El Cajon where it crossed the 805, and of course, Northgate. Call ahead and ask. I was at Pancho Villa yesterday and perused their meat case and saw lots of non-traditional cuts including pieces and parts most Americans wouldn't consider buying. (They also had vine-on cluster tomatoes for $.69/lb that were really pretty good)

    1. kare_raisu Oct 19, 2008 04:32 PM

      Absolutely hit up the major supermercados in SD county. Cabeza de Puerco is THE meat for Pozole.

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        normalheightsfoodie Oct 20, 2008 11:24 AM

        Have you tried Iowa Meat Farms on Mission Gorge, I bet that they could get it for you.

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        1. re: normalheightsfoodie
          MercatoMaestra Oct 20, 2008 05:07 PM

          Maybe the big Korean Market on Mercury - Zion Market?

        2. afinkle Oct 21, 2008 01:55 PM

          I'll try for Northgate and Pancho villa which is a bit closer to me, but I was hoping for some confirmed sightings.

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          1. re: afinkle
            menuinprogress Oct 21, 2008 02:47 PM

            We have bought it at Northgate several times. If they don't have any on display, ask them if they have any in back.

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              normalheightsfoodie Oct 22, 2008 10:27 AM

              HAve you thought about calling them?

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              mikec Oct 21, 2008 05:05 PM

              Ranch 99 definitely carries them. Or at least did a few years ago.

              1. kare_raisu Oct 22, 2008 11:59 AM

                Looks whats shrink wrapped and listo para pozole
                in Guanjuato!


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                1. re: kare_raisu
                  afinkle Oct 22, 2008 09:53 PM

                  Where is that from? no address or even city given...

                  1. re: afinkle
                    kare_raisu Oct 22, 2008 10:32 PM

                    Guanajuato in the state of the same name - north central mexico

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                  Happy Cows Oct 23, 2008 07:33 AM

                  You might also ask Dave from Da-Le Ranch if he has any. I just ordered 1/4 hog and someone who is also ordering 1/4 didn't want their portion of head. So I'll get 1/2. Now, I need to figure out what I want to do with it...

                  He's at the Little Italy Farmers Market on Saturdays. Good luck!

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                    Happy Cows Oct 25, 2008 01:27 PM

                    Dave at Da-Le Ranch says that he has several heads available. Email him for delivery to the Little Italy farmers market.

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