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May 19, 2010 11:50 AM

Where to buy duck legs in SF?

I've looked in a few butcher shops, and they sell whole ducks only. Where can I buy just the duck legs (drumstick and thighs)? If possible, fresh is preferable, and I hope that I don't have to go to an insanely-priced upscale market.

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  1. Sunset Super has them in the open deli case by the meat counter. Pretty cheap; unclear provenance.

    Sunset Supermarket
    2425 Irving St, San Francisco, CA

    1. I think 22nd and Mission Market usually has them.

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      1. re: debby

        Why is it so difficult to find a reliable source for duck south of Market St? I was at Mission Market just a few days ago and all they had on display was whole duck, previously frozen. Bi Rite usually has fresh Liberty duck legs and breasts, but call first. As for 99 Ranch and Manilla Mart, no fresh duck, whole or parts, as of last weekend, at least at the two stores I went to.

        1. re: Zeldog

          Because not many people cook ducks. It is simple as that. As a Chinese, we eat plenty of duck but it is always bought already cooked at a deli. My mother never cook a duck in her 80 years of existence.

      2. New May Wah on 8th and Clement has them. You can either by the whole duck fresh and cut it up yourself, or you can buy a bag of frozen duck legs. Cheap. They come from Napa/Sonoma (I've seen the trucks) but I have no idea what kind of feed they might be eating.

        New May Wah
        719 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

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        1. re: saisicareme

          Reichardt Duck Farm in Petaluma has been supplying fresh Pekin ducks to Chinese businesses for generations. It has a near monopoly. Here's the website if anyone wants to check on provenance or contact the owners with questions.

          That is the family business that Jim Reichardt of Liberty Ducks/Sonoma County Poultry grew up in.

          When you need a large quantity of legs, it's worth your while to order from this direct and have it shipped or arrange for pick up in Sonoma County. Otherwise, the duck legs are available at Chinese butchers along Stockton Street and Clement St.

          There are other small farms that raise ducks. But if you spot a delivery truck in SF, most likely it is from one of these two Reichardt family businesses.

          Reichardt Duck Farm
          3770 Middle Two Rock Rd, Petaluma, CA

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Do the Chinese butchers usually carry fresh legs?

            1. re: michaelnrdx

              Yes, fresh. But whole ducks are more common, you might need to make a couple stops to find legs. But they're out there and I've always been able to pick up some when I need them. You might call Sunset Super (a Chinese supermarket) to check on availability, since sfbing says she's seen them there.

              1. re: michaelnrdx

                You can buy fresh duck legs at a poultry market in Chinatown on Grant Avenue between Pacific and Broadway. The name escapes me at this moment. There are two poultry shops next to each other. The larger one has only fresh chicken and parts. The smaller one next to it has the duck legs. Ask the clerk if you don't see them. They are kept in a small refrigerator inside the shop, not in the window display. About $3 per pound.

                1. re: PBSF

                  Yes, I know which one you are talking about. I go there pretty often for chicken actually. They are the cleanest butcher shop I know, which is suprising, since most Chinese butcher shops are really dirty and smelly.

                  1. re: michaelnrdx

                    You're right that both shops are very clean; the staff in the very bright, larger one that sells only chicken even wear disposable latex gloves and they don't handle money; same reaction as you, what a welcome surprise.

          2. Mollie Stone -.$5.79/lb.

            1. When you consider the price and shrinkage, the duck confit legs at Costco are pretty gosh darn good. Liberty duck legs are pretty small. The Grimaud at Costco are four in a package, and cost about $8.00 for the box. 99 Ranch used to carry fresh legs, but last time I checked they were rather pricey. Maybe $4.00 lb, but that is normal now.