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Oct 14, 2010 03:34 PM

Peninsula (San Mateo) Spots for Chicken and Beef Bones

I have recently moved to San Mateo and am trying to find a good and inexpensive source for beef and chicken bones for stock. Manilla Market had become my default spot before leaving the city.

I know there is a 99 Ranch in Foster City - is that my best bet or are there other good places to try?

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  1. On Monday I happened to notice the Whole Foods in San Mateo was advertising that they sell chicken backs and other scraps for stock. I don't remember the listed price, although it is probably more expensive than 99 Ranch.

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    1. re: bayareabeagle

      $1.69 / lb for the chicken necks and backs at San Mateo WF.

      1. re: osho

        99 Ranch was .99 for the chicken bones and didn't have any beef bones available. I had gotten spoiled with the .49-.69 a pound chicken bones at Manilla Market or the 5lbs for $3 at Mission Market. I will keep trying to find a source and will report back.

    2. Besides 99 Ranch in Foster City, check out Marina Food in San Mateo. It's right by 101 & Hillsdale on the east side of the freeway.

      Marina Food
      2992 S Norfolk St, San Mateo, CA 94403

      1. Draeger's in san mateo is surprisingly cheap for that stuff. When I was a regular at the butcher counter they'd even give me a few bags free from time to time. Just ask the butcher for them. i think regular price on the chicken was ~.79/lb; not sure on beef.

        1. You might also try Lunardi's. There's one in Millbrae and another in San Carlos. Also Piazzas near CSM. I've gotten chicken bones from the butcher in both those places, and beef bones from Lunardi's. Lunardi's is the best all-around relatively cheap supermarket on the Peninsula, IMHO, and has a large and well-supplied butcher.

          1. A lot of the mexican places do their own butchering. Have you tried the La Hacienda on Amphlett?

            La Hacienda Restaurant
            1377 Laurel St, San Carlos, CA 94070

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            1. re: bbulkow

              I haven't yet - thank you for the suggestion!