I am fairly ambitious for a home cook. Or at least, I'd like to think so. Particularly so when it comes to cooking meat.
But for me there's a lot of pent up desire because I simply don't where to source a bunch of things. Right now, I've got a hankering to give rabbit a try. But really, I am curious to try mostly anything that's a little more unusual but still quite common in high-end restaurants. Here I am thinking of wooly pigs (Berkshire, et.al), veal sweetbreads, suckling pigs, duck, duck, goose, veal chops, &c &c. (I am an unapologetic omnivore.)
Perhaps, I should restate. I do know where to source a lot of this stuff. But every time I look at the list of D'Artagnan, I get excited and also poorer. And shouldn't it be possible to get some of this stuff fresh? There must be a meatmarket that does this kind of thing somewhere in LA, right? Where do the restauants
Having recently made a successful trip to El Monte in search of cheese and downtown on a weekday morning in search of the freshest fish, I am suddenly full of hope.
I live in Los Feliz. But I figure that knowing about these places makes stopping by when you are in the neighborhood possible. Does anyone care to add to my list:
1. El Monte- the place for cheese! Burrata, fresh mozza, smoked mozza, ricotta, and mascarpone. The ricotta is $6 for 3 lbs. What a deal!
2. Downtown LA - fresh fish on Sanford Street. The fresh fish goes quickly and arrives at an unGodly hour.
Well, Chinatown is probably good for some ingredients and others could probably direct you to exactly where. I know I've seen VERY fresh fish there, and while not 'fresh' I did notice they had air-dried duck at Wing Hop Fung, which is a really fun herb-and-everything-else store to browse:
Incidentally, if you're near the L.A. metro trains, Chinatown and Thai Town are both easy to get to on them, they have their own stops, pretty much.
Rabbit's great with a very rich gravy and french fries, the one goose I ever made was essentially a liposuction patient and I was underwhelmed with the result. Have gotten good frozen duck etc. from Gelson's, if you ever happen to not be by someplace more exotic.
Harmony Farms isn't bad, and they certainly have a wide selection, but keep in mind if you're looking for "fresh" you're out of luck. Basically everything they source is frozen. They have fresh beef and chicken (I believe) but anything more exotic than that is frozen solid. Up to you if that's a deal breaker, but it's worth noting.
Hawai'i Market in San Gabriel (SE corner of Valley Blvd and Del Mar) carries all sorts of meat, e.g. boar, rabbit, venison, snake, as well as all types of organ meats and uncommon seafood.