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freckleface782 Jun 8, 2009 07:47 PM

I'm looking for some items in New Orleans that are usually a little harder to find in such as: Sea Urchin, Quail Eggs, Sweetbreads and Zucchini Blossoms. Please help!

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    joedontexan RE: freckleface782 Jun 8, 2009 09:05 PM

    sweetbreads can be found at Bayona I believe

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      JazzyB RE: freckleface782 Jun 9, 2009 05:18 AM

      Sweetbreads are offered in most better rest.

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        hazelhurst RE: JazzyB Jun 9, 2009 06:23 PM

        My old stand-by Galatoire's has offered them for years..evevn when no one else did. I wonder if anyone locally has brought back skate? I have not seen it in New Orleans...New York re-discovered it some years back.

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          edible complex RE: hazelhurst Jun 12, 2009 09:31 PM

          Iris does an amazing skate!

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            hazelhurst RE: edible complex Jun 14, 2009 01:56 PM

            I am glad to hear that....how do they prepare it? The classic is buerre noir and it is very hard to beat that. I've seen it in town off-and-on for a long time but not as a regular item.

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        Hungry Celeste RE: freckleface782 Jun 9, 2009 07:12 AM

        Quail eggs are easy; go to an asian grocery store and you can buy 'em by the dozen. Asian Gourmet market in Kenner, Hong Kong market in Gretna, various other asian markets around town.

        Sea urchin: can't say that I've seen it outside of restaurants. Kanno in Fat City and Horinoya on Poydras both offer urchin at times.

        Zucchini blossoms: check the farmers' markets; sometimes WF has them (at absolutely ruinous prices)...dunno if any of the latin american markets springing up like weeds after a rain has them or not. I'll look around; maybe Union supermarket in Kenner?

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          JGrey RE: freckleface782 Jun 9, 2009 08:27 AM

          Saw both quail eggs and zucchini blossoms at the farmer's market on Broadway this morning. Not sure if those vendors are at the Saturday market.

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            Vineaux RE: freckleface782 Jun 9, 2009 04:18 PM

            Bayona has always been known for their sweetbreads. Recently. I've had them at Brigsten's (very good) and MiLa (outstanding)

            1. Bill Hunt RE: freckleface782 Jun 10, 2009 08:50 PM

              We had several of these at Restaurant August:

              Quail eggs
              Squash Blossoms (OK, not exactly what you asked for, but similar)



              Restaurant August
              301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

              1. nomadchowwoman RE: freckleface782 Jun 12, 2009 01:46 PM

                I bought just-picked zucchini blossoms at the Crescent City Farmer's Market last Sat. for $4 for a pt.container; there were 8 or 9 of them.
                Sweetbreads at all the above-mentioned restaurants, but I've also had them at Wolfe's (the one on Rampart & Dumaine, formerly Peristyle) several times, where they've been excellent, at Herbsaint, at Iris.

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                  gastrotect RE: freckleface782 Jun 15, 2009 09:32 AM

                  Oh, I have to watch this thread. I'd like to know about some of these myself. Sweetbreads shouldn't be hard to find though. I can't speak for all the recs here (though I completely trust them), but I did have some very good sweetbreads at Le Crepe Nanou (Uptown near Kyoto and Creole Creamery).

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