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Beef Tongue...Where to buy?

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I'm talking about buying it already cooked. I've made it plenty of times but was thinking the other day...people love to eat tongue sandwiches but i've never seen it sliced and pre packaged anywhere.

I live in Newport Beach so anywhere in the OC area would be great.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Delis have it. Its not fresh and sliced, they do it for you at the counter. On the Westside, you can get it at Juniors. Don't know about the OC, but I am sure there is a deli out there somewhere that has it (I'd call ahead of time though, as not every deli has it). Jewish style delis have it, also European ones but you should call ahead.

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    1. re: noshie

      In fact, I was at Junior's for breakfast the other day and saw several huge tongues (tongui? ;-) in the deli case. But I agree, any decent OC deli should have it, and I'm bet Das Ubergeek can enumerate them for Jaytizzle.

    2. I live in Newport as well and when I am jonesing for tongue I head over to El Toro Bravo on 19th Street in Costa Mesa. It is pre-cooked and ready to go. This is of course a Mexican restaurant so it might not work for you sandwich idea but it sure does work for a taco. You can ask them not to chop it up for you. You can buy this and many other types of meat by the pound.

      If you feel like driving to Orange, there is a great German deli called Mattern on Chapman Ave. They sell a more deli style variety by the pound.

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      1. re: cdmedici

        I love El Toro Bravo. I get the Lengua Burrito or Taco's.

        I just can't seem to find them ready for sandwich's. Also there aren't that many deli's in the Newpor Beach area.

      2. just so you know, most of the delicious tongue served in delis is not 'fresh,' it is 'cured.'

        fresh tongue is an entirely different dish.