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Aug 23, 2010 12:46 PM

Sweetbreads; Where to Buy and Who has the Best?

The ones at Bijou are so-so; who has better? Where can I buy to fix at home? TIA.

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  1. Hey, mucho gordo!

    Excellent sweetbreads can be acquired at any of the following sources. My current preference is McCall’s followed by Harvey’s Guss. Given their delicacy and sometimes limited availability, always call before you visit.

    McCall's Meat & Fish Company
    2117 Hillhurst Ave
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
    (323) 667-0674

    Harvey Guss Meat Company
    949 S Ogden Dr
    Los Angeles, CA 90036
    (323) 937-4622

    Huntington Meats
    6333 W 3rd St
    Stall # 350
    Los Angeles, CA 90036
    (323) 938-5383

    Marconda’s Meat Market
    6333 W 3rd St
    Los Angeles, CA 90001
    (323) 938-5131

    El Gaucho Meat Market
    2715 Manhattan Beach Blvd
    Redondo Beach, CA 90278
    (310) 297-2617

    El Gaucho Meat Market #2
    847 S State College Blvd
    Anaheim, CA 92806
    (714) 776-6400

    Manhattan Meats
    1111 Manhattan Ave
    Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
    (310) 372-5406

    Marconda’s Meat Market
    6333 W 3rd St
    Los Angeles, CA 90001
    (323) 938-5131

    Tito’s Market
    9814 Garvey Ave
    El Monte, CA 91735
    (626) 579-1893
    ... be sure to try their delicious empanadas get some of their incredible bacon. Might as well grab a milanesa or choripan sandwich while you're at it. Same goes for the El Gaucho's above.

    Bon Appetit!

    4 Replies
    1. re: degustateur

      EXCELLENT! Thank you. Is there a reason why your prefer McCall's? Better quality? Cheaper?

      1. re: mucho gordo

        Hello Again, mucho gordo!

        I favor McCall’s for their exceptional quality (organic grain-fed, IIRC) and competent service. As relatively new kids on the block, they are extremely dedicated and conscientious. Their small operation is a passionate labor of love. What’s more, Nathan and Karen, both of who are schooled and seasoned chefs, are a really sweet young couple. One may indeed pay a bit more here, but cost is no object to me in this regard when all factors are considered. After all, you did request the best. Call them, talk with them and place your order. You won't be disappointed.

        Take a look at this excellent write-up and clip from

        1. re: degustateur

          Thanks again "d". Definitely worth a try. Video shows a nice, clean, modern shop

      2. re: degustateur

        And anywhere that you know of in OC?