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Organic or Free-Range Chicken Parts in SF?

pane Jul 21, 2011 12:44 PM

I've been cooking (*almost*) exclusively with free-range or organic meat for a few years with no problems. Finally, I've hit a road block--I found a recipe for chicken wings, but realized that I've never seen wings at any of the butcher shops that I frequent. I don't cook chicken frequently, but when I do, it tends to be a whole bird.

Any idea where I can find chicken wings in the city that are organic/free-range or sustainably raised, or am I stuck with Safeway quality (or Safeway equivalent butcher shops) for this particular bird part?


  1. wolfe Jul 21, 2011 03:07 PM

    Not in San Francisco but I have gotten those kind of wings at Magnani's and VerBrugge in Berkeley. The ones from VerBrugge looked like they were from Schwarzenegger chickens.

    1. osho Jul 21, 2011 02:24 PM

      Believe it or not, Whole Foods carries organic chicken wings. As always, call before you go.

      1. Melanie Wong Jul 21, 2011 01:03 PM

        You need to check out the poultry shops in Chinatown on Grant Avenue between Broadway and Pacific. The one I frequent most often is Man Sung, everything seems cleaner and fresher to me there. You can buy wings or other chicken parts grown by Petaluma Poultry for Chinese clientele. I buy racks and feet there to make chicken stock too.

        P.S. And you can buy as much or as little as you want. The chicken parts are loose and not packaged in plastic. So it's easy to see how fresh they are at Man Sung.

        Man Sung
        1116 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA

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        1. re: Melanie Wong
          ML8000 Jul 21, 2011 02:12 PM

          Great tip MW...those Chinatown chickens were superior way before the organic thing hit the grocery stores. And the specific to the Chinese clientele is real. In the 90s I was picking up some stuff up from a wholesaler near Evans/Jennings etc and I overheard an older Chinese gentleman having a conversation/deal with an old school meat packer guy. Something about .15¢/lb...yada, yada...they were talking about 500 lbs of chicken feet and haggling about it.

        2. Robert Lauriston Jul 21, 2011 12:48 PM

          Butchers can special-order a lot of things that you won't see in the case. Ask at your usual.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            pane Jul 21, 2011 12:50 PM

            I asked my butcher, and no can do.

            This is (somewhat) short notice--I'm cooking for a party on Saturday, so I'd need to pick them up tomorrow or Saturday a.m.

            1. re: pane
              Robert Lauriston Jul 21, 2011 12:56 PM

              Short notice, but you might try calling likely suspects such as Golden Gate, Bryan's, Fatted Calf, Avedano's, Bi-Rite, Falletti ...

              Bi-Rite Market
              3639 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              235 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

              Golden Gate Meat
              Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

              Falletti Foods
              308 Broderick St, San Francisco, CA

              Bryan's Quality Meats
              3473 California St, San Francisco, CA

              Fatted Calf
              320 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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