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Jun 21, 2009 01:36 PM

best spot to buy tongue?

For our first father's day (my wife is due to give birth imminently!), my wife decided to surprise me with one of my favourite dishes -- very, very slowly cooked beef tongue.

She went to our regular butchers, Dewar in Newton, to get the tongue. Having just partaken, I can say it was delicious. However, when I asked about where she bought it etc, I was surprised to hear that a) Dewar's only stock frozen tongue, since they don't get many customers for it and b) it was really qute pricey! She can't remember how much the tongue weighed, but let's call it 3-4 pounds. She paid just over $40 for it, which I thought was rather steep.

What's the going rate for good tongue these days, and where do CHers recommend to purchase it, preferably fresh.


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  1. You might try giving Lionette's market in the south end a call. They'll generally order up whatever you might need (and from animals who've been properly raised!). The Hi-Lo in JP sells them as well, fresh, but not as well butchered as I've had from more upscale places.

    And I agree, paying more than $5/lb seems silly.

    1. "What's the going rate for good tongue these days?"

      Surely I can't be the only one whose first response was "Twenty bucks, same as in town!"

      I would call Blood Farm in Groton (978-448-6669) and make a special request. Might take 'em a day or two, but the price will be worth the drive, and you can stock up on their other glorious meat products while you're there.

      1. Last year River Rock Farm had beef tongue (frozen) for sale at the Lexington Farmer's Market for several weeks running. It was very inexpensive compared with what Dewars charged or for River Rock Farm's other products, for that matter. If memory serves it was $4 or $5 / pound. As the fellow at the market said, every cow comes with one tongue; the price is right because tongue just isn't that popular (more for me and you!). You might try contacting them directly.

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        1. re: PinchOfSalt

          I have found it at the Super 88 *(haven't looked for a while) and at the Butcherie

          1. re: teezeetoo

            Oh, of course the Butcherie. Yes, they're sure to have good tongue at a reasonable price.

            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

              Yes- my people LOVE tongue, and we get it at the Butcherie all the time. If you can get Veal tongue, rather than beef, you might be incluing to make it a bit more often as it is generally smaller (duh!) and therefore more palatable to prepare -

            2. re: teezeetoo

              super 88 and i've seen it at the battambang in lowell. both times about $3 a lb, not frozen. er, i think the $10 a lb is outrageous. for tongue?

          2. The larger Market Baskets carry them in the case from time to time; call the new, ginormous Chelsea location. Market Basket carries more variety meats that have vanished from other chains, especially locations catering to Latin American populations that demand them.

            PS: I love tongue. I wish it were more readily available as a deli meat in these parts.

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            1. re: Karl S

              The allston Stop and Shop on North Beacon often has both beef and veal tongue. Have picked up both there and at the Watertown S&S on several occasions and have had complaints over the quality

            2. My mom gets them from the Chinese supermarkets (C-Mart or Super88 - and probably even Kam Man) when she needs to. I can't say I've bought them, so I don't have info on price.

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              1. re: kobuta

                I walked through CMart today and didn't see any but I've seen it before..I think about $3/lb