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hotoynoodle Dec 6, 2009 07:54 AM

i'd like to do one for a holiday party. where have you guys have found best price-to-quality in boston? please don't say savenor's, and i don't have the inclination to travel to the burbs.

has anybody gotten it from any of the butchers on blackstone street? (haymarket.)

  1. cassoulady Dec 7, 2009 05:33 AM

    Call Lionettes. I have bought them there several times, cant recall price but I know every time I have thought, gee these are really a great deal. And the flavor was amazing.

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      hotoynoodle Dec 7, 2009 12:43 PM

      i was in the north end today, buying sausage from the guys across from neptune - dipaolo & rossi. i love those guys. instead of shanks, he talked me into a leg, since it will be for a big group. thanks for your help anyway.

      1. re: hotoynoodle
        9lives Dec 7, 2009 01:00 PM

        They're my #2 in the NE behind Sulmona's; not for any good reason..just habit and I've come to know the guys at Sulmona..but both butchers are excellent.

        A leg is much more conducive for a large group than shanks...1/pp

        Another cut you might want to try some other time is a lamb top (round). They weigh 2-3lbs and are very flavorful. Most NE butchers don't carry them. Golden Goose and Sav's has them for
        about $10/lb. Great for roasting or cutting into kebabs..

        I'm sure you'll enjoy the leg. It's great for a crowd!

        1. re: 9lives
          hotoynoodle Dec 7, 2009 01:44 PM

          lamb is my favorite meat and i always forget how cheap it is. i rarely go to sulmona's, lol. habit on my end i guess too. but i love the old-school feel of the place and i've been going for years, so am glad i was wandering around down there today. and their sausages rock -- cooking them right now!

          1. re: hotoynoodle
            StriperGuy Dec 7, 2009 02:23 PM

            I was in Sulmona once and saw some unusual sausages hanging in the icebox.

            I asked what it was and they said venison sausage.

            I asked to buy some. They said it was for a friend of there's who had shot a deer and not for sale. I was visibly saddened...

            So they gave me 3 pounds, no charge. :-)

            1. re: StriperGuy
              9lives Dec 7, 2009 02:36 PM

              Glad you enjoyed what may have been my venison..:)

              Spring is great for game birds and there's always extra....


              1. re: 9lives
                StriperGuy Dec 7, 2009 02:44 PM

                Who knew you go after terrestrial prey as well ;-)

              2. re: StriperGuy
                hotoynoodle Dec 7, 2009 03:34 PM


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        9lives Dec 6, 2009 03:15 PM

        I haven't bought it on Blackstone but Sulmona on Parmenter a few blocks away generally has them. I don't recall the price but I know it was reasonable.

        You could call for price and to make sure they have them and will hang on to them for you..742 2791

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          grant.cook Dec 6, 2009 02:26 PM

          I've always enjoyed dealing with a halal butcher out in Norwood - Zam Zam meats on Route 1.. the guy will cut you whatever you need (I got lamb breasts there a few weeks back)..

          1. itaunas Dec 6, 2009 08:55 AM

            Puritan beef yesterday had a huge variety of different cuts of goat (including 4 goat heads -- now I have "Angie" running around in my head) and I did see a pair of lamb shanks, but there wasn't much lamb on display. I didn't catch the price but it didn't seem so expensive and usually have more stuff in the walk-in (often in better shape than the display), but McKinnon's in Davis beats them on price for a lot of things like this (sale on leg of lamb there now, not certain about shanks). Demoula's is also a good source for shanks, but less convenient and McKinnon's has better prices (Puritan probably too).

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            1. re: itaunas
              steinpilz Dec 6, 2009 09:04 AM

              I got lamb shanks at McKinnon's a month or two ago, lots of other great cuts there as well.

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                hotoynoodle Dec 6, 2009 09:12 AM

                i figured mckinnon's too, but blackstone st. is so convenient for me. how was the pricing at mckinnon's? have never actually been and only recently got a car, lol, so my travel and carry options have widened a bit.

                (last year i hauled a frozen 20 pound goose from live poultry, plus haymarket produce, on the green then blue lines and i thought i was gonna die.)

                1. re: hotoynoodle
                  smtucker Dec 6, 2009 09:15 AM

                  We purchased some really nice lamb shanks at the Somerville Market Basket this week. I think this is the first time I have seen them in the case.

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                    hotoynoodle Dec 6, 2009 09:42 AM

                    price please? am trying to cost this out before i commit.

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                      marilu Dec 6, 2009 12:01 PM

                      I am not a lamb shank person, but my husband loves them and I always find them at Market Basket. They also now have the lamb riblets which he says are very good. I can't remember how much the shanks are per pound, but usually spent $4-5 for one if I'm not mistaken.

                      1. re: hotoynoodle
                        fesenjan Dec 6, 2009 12:22 PM

                        I regularly buy lamb shanks at the Danvers Market Basket, for I think $4.99 a pound or perhaps $3.99.

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                          smtucker Dec 6, 2009 12:49 PM

                          It was cheap for lamb shank.... Looking at my receipt, the cost per package was between $4.50-4.96 per shank, and each shank was over 1.5 lbs. Four lamb shanks, served with sides, was 7 servings. Could have been 8 if one of my guests hadn't been so enthusiastic.

                      2. re: hotoynoodle
                        steinpilz Dec 6, 2009 03:07 PM

                        Pricing at McKinnon's is remarkable IMO, if you haven't been there definitely stop by.

                        I'd guess that I got two shanks for less than $5 total.

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                    Taralli Dec 6, 2009 08:31 AM

                    If you're willing to travel to the Cambridge/Watertown line, call & ask this guy what he charges: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/667205

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