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Jun 25, 2009 01:29 PM

Buy fresh chicken liver in San Francisco

Where can I find fresh chicken liver in San Francisco?
Organic and local farmed preferred ...

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  1. Where have you checked? Falletti's almost always has it, you could call and ask them when it would be freshest or if they break down chickens every day. Items like that tend to be freshest in the morning, and you may also spot a hangar steak or two if you get there early.

    1. I've seen chx liver at a couple of the small latino grocery stores in the mission (Casa Guadalupe @ $1.69/lb most recently) but not organic and doubtfully local.

      Casa Guadalupe 2
      2909 Mission St, San Francisco, CA

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      1. re: beerandpork

        Why not local? I haven't been to Casa Guadalupe, but I know that the Chavez supermarket chain on the Peninsula and South Bay sells Fulton Valley chickens. The Latino markets in Santa Rosa sell Rosies from Petaluma Poultry and/or Fulton Valley chickens. The free range birds are typically labeled pollo ranchero.

        In SF, I'd go to the Chinese poultry shops on Grant Ave near Broadway. They carry Petaluma Poultry and other chickens raised in Turlock, Stockton and Modesto. Don't know if they have the organic line.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Man Sung on Grant Ave in Chinatown has some of the freshest chicken livers available anywhere. They process chicken on site (at least the last time I was there they did) Not sure if they are organic to but they are local chickens.

          Man Sung
          1116 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA

          1. re: yimster

            Thanks, Man Sung is my go-to place for chickens too. I often buy carcasses and feet to make stock, and they're clean and fresh as can be.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Yes, they seem to be the cleanest and freshest in Chinatown. Do they stay process chicken there now. I do not go during the week now so do not see the work in the back but the last time I could see the work stations.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                I've noticed in several posts that you've mentioned that the Chinatown chickens at Man Sung and other poulty shops on Grant are from Petaluma Poultry. Do you mean they're raised in Petaluma or that they are the same chickens that Petaluma Poulty markets as Rocky and Rosie?

                I always thought that the chickens in Chinatown were free range, but was told differently by a friend and when I ask the shopkeepers if they have antibiotics or hormone shots etc. I was told of course not b/c it's illegal. So I'm rolling my eyese here. Chicken does taste better but I usually buy the regular white feather variety. I'm kind of confused by the different varieties. Loong Koong, Ching Yuen, Vikon, etc. There's a new shop where New On Sang used to be that has a flat price per bird not pound that looks like they process the chickens in the back like On Sang used to.

                I would appreciate any enlightenment you can provide and sorry about the length of the post.

                Man Sung
                1116 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA

                Koong's Restaurant
                103 N Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035

                  1. re: jzc

                    Hormones are illegal. Antibiotics are legal. I think i have seen in some markets labeling that their meat has no hormones even though that is like stating the obvious, but i am sure they label it that way to 'pretend' that its a point of differentiation from other markets. Antibiotics, however, are not used in only some cases, one of them being organic chickens.

                    No information about the Man Sung chickens.

          2. I usually buy mine from Mission Meat Market on Mission between 21st and 22nd but I have also purchased from BiRite on 18th between Guerrero and Valencia. MMM sells Rosie birds so it is possible the livers are from the same, but BiRite indicates that theirs are organically grown (and twice as expensive)

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            1. re: Meredith

              I get mine in Berkeley from Magnani's whose chickens are also Rosie or similar. They are usually $1.99 a pound, only mentioning them for a price comparison.

            2. Safeway chicken livers?

              They're pretty good, cooked with them a few times now.

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