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Dec 24, 2009 08:09 AM

Frogs Legs In DC

I just won a new cookbook on Bistros and Brasseries (my favorite type of cuisine). After flipping through it I vowed to make some of my favorite recipes instead of always depending on Bistro du Coin and Bistro D'Oc to provide me with French deliciousness.

Probably the wildest recipe I want to try is frogs Provencal. The only problem is I have no idea where one can purchase frogs. One friend said H Street Market might have them. Any ideas?

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  1. Great Wall (the asian grocery) in Merrifield/Mclean carries LIVE frogs. They're pretty big -- look like appropriate size for the cooked legs I've seen. They'll clean and butcher them for you.

    Great Wall is at Arlington Rd exit on 495 at the intersection of Gallows Rd.

    here is a google map of most of the east asian groceries/markets in the dc metro area, if you want to call some closer places.

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    1. re: Russel Shank

      I should mention that is should be in DC, not the suburbs. I don't have a near a metro if possible (otherwise I could take a cab if needed).

      1. re: Elyssa

        If you're still curious, you're in luck actually. Google says Great Wall is 1.0 miles from the Dunn Loring-Merrifield ORANGE Metro stop, just walk straight down Gallows.

        There's tons of office business, shopping and ethnics businesses, and an Inova and other medical offices -- so there is probably super frequent bus transit from the metro, cabs, and probably a local shuttle also.

        I've heard there is a competing ethnic supermarket nearby also. Great Wall is next to the Golds Gym. The parking lot is usually pretty full, but there are places to chain up a bike also.

        2982 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA‎ - (703) 208-3320

    2. I've seen them in the frozen section of the Bestway near Huntington Metro. The Bestway downtown may have them as well.

      1. I just saw frog legs at the seafood section in Giant on Connecticut and Van Ness. It was pretty weird. I think they were rather inexpensive and looked like they had a lot of meat.

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        1. re: pussy

          frog legs are good..

          That dish carries a lot of moral(?) weight though.. that's like four full grown frogs you have to dust for a definitely non-filling meal.

        2. Shame on you, Elyssa! Eastern Market.
          Market Poultry carries frog legs along with a selection of other wild things like turtle, grouse, alligator, etc.
          Ain't poultry, but there they are.
          Frog legs are good. Not wild at all back home in Louisiana. I've even eaten fried frog legs in roadside diners.

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            1. re: Russel Shank

              They're frozen at Market Poultry. Not sure that I've ever seen them fresh, except in markets in China. Even the ones I saw in European markets were frozen.
              Not to say that you can't find fresh ones, but I doubt they're a fast selling item. Guess they can be ordered fresh for the restaurant trade like many things.

              1. re: MakingSense

                Hmmn, probably.

                I know Rio Grande used to carry them as a special pretty often, but that was nearly a decade ago.

                Great Wall asian supermarket in Mclean/Merrifield carries live frogs and turtles -- they're intended for stuff like Salt Baked Frog.. not sure if the legs are ideal for the usual frogs' legs dishes.

                1. re: Russel Shank

                  FWIW, was just at Rio the other day (Reston Town Center shopping - food for all ages in the family, etc). Anyway, seems like the frog legs are a regular now on the menu. It's been 3-4 years since I last sat down to eat there, and the whole menu looked a little different from what I remember, but especially the listings of legs (yes, they're on there a couple of times). Oh - and not sure if you noticed, but they changed the name over to the parent - Uncle Julio's Rio Grande Cafe.

            2. re: MakingSense

              I love frogs legs...I just never imagined cooking them myself...that's the wild part.

              I had no idea that Market Poultry carries frogs legs along with alligator etc. Great to know!