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ISO Veal or Beef Brains

pilinut Mar 2, 2011 10:01 PM

Every once in a while I get a craving for the breaded fried brains I enjoyed as a child, but I don't know where to find veal brains here. Does anyone know of a good source?

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    hyperbowler Feb 2, 2012 12:25 PM

    I had some brains at Maykadeh a few years back, but I'm not sure from what animal they came. They were cut coronally.

    Locanda's menu includes a sheep brain dish.

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    1. re: hyperbowler
      Robert Lauriston Feb 2, 2012 02:02 PM

      Maykadeh serves lamb's brains.

    2. Tripeler Mar 4, 2011 05:33 PM

      There are many who crave Brains


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      1. re: Tripeler
        takuhead Jan 31, 2012 08:13 PM

        Brains that are not from Harris Ranch or other feedlot cattle?
        I'm having a hard time finding a sustainable grass-fed source...any tips?

        1. re: takuhead
          wally Jan 31, 2012 09:51 PM

          Have you asked Prather?

          1. re: wally
            takuhead Feb 4, 2012 04:45 PM

            good idea - will try them next :)

            1. re: takuhead
              sfbing Feb 5, 2012 12:08 AM

              I asked them about this when buying my side of beef from Prather. B/c of their other business of supplying the medical industry, Prather is pretty obsessive about not letting neural tissue contaminate their equipment. They wouldn't even provide us with the beef neck, let alone the brain.

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        SteveG Mar 4, 2011 01:41 PM

        Had some good calf brains at Incanto about 4 or 5 years ago.

        On taqueria menus, you are looking for sesos.

        1. pilinut Mar 3, 2011 03:38 PM

          Thank you, Robert and vulber! That's a good start. Perhaps the butchers in the Mission will have the beef brains, and I shall place Maykadeh and Vallarta on my must-try list. I am already salivating. . .

          Vallarta Restaurant
          14366 E 14th St, San Leandro, CA 94578

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          1. re: pilinut
            vulber Mar 3, 2011 03:48 PM

            One place you might want to try is the meat market at the southwest corner of 23rd and mission - can't remember the name off hand - they tend to have more of the obscure offal items

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            vulber Mar 3, 2011 11:33 AM

            most of the taquerias in the mission have brain tacos (or brain burritos for that matter, but i think that would be a bit too much). my favorite is vallarta

            1. Robert Lauriston Mar 3, 2011 08:12 AM

              To cook or in a restaurant?

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              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                pilinut Mar 3, 2011 11:06 AM

                Ooops. I wasn't very clear in my query, but either one--or both! I've all but given up on finding brains in restaurants. And I have a delicious old recipe for canneloni that calls for brains.

                1. re: pilinut
                  Robert Lauriston Mar 3, 2011 11:57 AM

                  Anyplace with a hardcore French chef might make brains in brown butter by special order: Chez Spencer, La Folie, Chapeau.

                  Maykadeh does great things with lamb brains, not sure about veal.

                  Pakistani restaurants sometimes have brain masala, not sure which kind of brains they use.

                  butchers: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/28849

                  Chez Spencer
                  82 14th St., San Francisco, CA 94103

                  La Folie
                  2316 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston
                    vulber Mar 3, 2011 12:05 PM

                    good point, i know shalimar and chutney both have brain masala

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston
                      osho Mar 4, 2011 08:16 AM

                      Goat brain is served at Shalimar.

                    2. re: pilinut
                      rcspott Feb 4, 2012 05:01 PM

                      Would you be willing to share your cannelloni recipe. I have had ravioli with brains in the filling and they were to die for.

                      1. re: rcspott
                        pilinut Feb 7, 2012 07:59 AM

                        I'm afraid it will have to wait until I get back to my cookbooks several weeks from now. But I agree wholeheartedly that pasta fillings with brains mixed in can redefine the possibilities!

                        1. re: pilinut
                          wally Feb 7, 2012 09:04 AM

                          In the '80's, Genova Delicatessen in Oakland had them as an ingredient in their meat ravioli. No more though.

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