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Sweetbreads and/or Foie Gras

MilaSoler May 4, 2009 11:19 AM

Hey Foodies,

Does anyone know if there is a store I can buy both sweetbreads and/or Foie Gras in the bethesda, rockville area???


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    katecm RE: MilaSoler May 4, 2009 01:31 PM

    If you are willing to go a bit further south, the SuperFresh off Massachusetts, behind AU law school, tends to have a lot of D'Artagnan products. You can almost always find foie there, and then there's usually a mixed variety of other products.

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      MilaSoler RE: katecm May 5, 2009 06:21 AM

      Thanks everyone for the responses! I cant believe a SuperFresh carries it...pretty kewl.

    2. tommyskitchen RE: MilaSoler May 4, 2009 04:45 PM

      Bertucci's carries Foie Gras, but it is VERY expensive.


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        DanielK RE: tommyskitchen May 4, 2009 09:24 PM

        I'm assuming you meant Balducci's, not Bertucci's. They carry either the D'Artagnan or Hudson Valley foie, I can't remember. Foie is ALWAYS expensive.

        Sweetbreads, maybe try the asian markets?

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          tommyskitchen RE: DanielK May 4, 2009 09:57 PM

          Oops my mistake! A co-worker picked up from there tonight and I guess I had it on the brain.

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        Pappy RE: MilaSoler May 5, 2009 08:27 AM

        I am CONSTANTLY on the look out for sweetbreads and have not seen them in probably 10 years. I used to catch them about twice a year at Sutton/Balduci's, but haven't seen that in a long time. They say I can special order them, but I have never done it.

        Daniel, I have never seen them in either the Latin or the Asian markets, and I frequent those places every week. Nor calf's liver.

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          DanielK RE: Pappy May 5, 2009 07:15 PM

          I'll take your word for it, Pappy. I suggested ethnic markets since they do usually carry far more offal than supermarkets.

          What about a place like Lebanese Butcher?

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            Ericandblueboy RE: DanielK May 5, 2009 08:10 PM

            I'm not aware of any Asian culture that eats sweetbread - shocking, but true.

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              DanielK RE: Ericandblueboy May 6, 2009 07:18 AM

              That's interesting, Eric. I'd never thought about it that much.

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                kobetobiko RE: DanielK May 6, 2009 08:15 AM

                Eric is correct. Sweetbreads are not used in Asian cuisines, so you won't be able to get them in Asian markets.

        2. tommyskitchen RE: MilaSoler May 7, 2009 05:50 AM

          FYI - I see "Medallion of Foie Gras with Truffles" are on sale at Balduccis this week for $17.99 ea....


          1. tommyskitchen RE: MilaSoler May 10, 2009 09:18 AM

            FYI - Was just at Balducci's (Thanks Daniel!) and saw that Foie Gras was $99.99 a pound......


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              dysney RE: MilaSoler May 7, 2010 09:38 AM

              The Organic Butcher in McLean VA can get sweetbreads for you. I believe they also carry foie grau! The guys there are really awesome and will order almost any kind of meat you want and it will be the freshest and best of all their meat is from grass fed animals!

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                zenim RE: dysney May 13, 2010 10:11 PM

                Regarding sweetbreads Whole Foods will order them for you. It takes four days to a week. This is also true of Wegman's in Hunt Valley and they often have them in stock. Graul's in Annapolis also have them sometime. Wegman's always have fois gras.
                Any news on the new Wegman's near Crofton?
                We did the Maiden Voyage on the Queen Victoria in 2008 and to test the chef we asked for sweetbreads and in three nights we dined on beautifully prepared sweetbreads.

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