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Where to buy magret de canard/ moulard duck breast in DC/ NoVA?

eatingoutdc Feb 13, 2012 12:04 AM

Any suggestions in DC, Arlington, Alexandria, or Fairfax County? When I do see duck it tends to be muscovy. I want a full moulard duck breast for a recipe.

Thanks :-)

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  1. agarnett100 RE: eatingoutdc Feb 13, 2012 06:23 AM

    I would try Wegmans, Eastern Market or Dean&Deluca - it may just be easier to order it direct


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      eatingoutdc RE: agarnett100 Feb 13, 2012 06:32 AM

      Thanks, I'll go to Eastern Market and look. For whatever reason I almost never go there. The last time I went to Wegman's they just had pre-seasoned duck breast, but I think I've seen regular duck there before. They do carry some D'artagnan stuff (don't know about the duck) so it might be worth a trip to Wegman's the next time I need to go that way to visit H-Mart. Dean and Deluca had duck breast but I think it was muscovy.

      I considered ordering from D'artagnan directly but shipping is pretty ridiculous since it obviously has to be overnight. So I'd need to order a lot more stuff or see if I can pool some friends together for a bigger order.

      1. re: agarnett100
        Manassas64 RE: agarnett100 Feb 14, 2012 08:48 PM

        You can also call Wegmans and ask them to order it for you. I have ordered all kinds of stuff from their meat department. A lot of times they just don't carry it in a particular store as there isn't interest. But many times, since I'm from NY, they do carry these things in their NY store and can get it to VA for me.

        1. re: Manassas64
          eatingoutdc RE: Manassas64 Feb 14, 2012 08:55 PM

          Cool. I can try that too. I'm closer to Eastern Market on weekdays, so I think I'll see the poultry place there first. If that's a bust, I'll try calling Wegman's.

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        moosy RE: eatingoutdc Feb 13, 2012 07:51 AM

        Whole Foods (on P at least) carries ducks most of the time. Boning out the duck breast is easy and you can comfit the legs....

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          drewpbalzac RE: eatingoutdc Feb 13, 2012 03:52 PM

          True magret is hit or miss as a stocked item and I second those who suggest ordering it.
          I would try Market Poultry at Eastern Market. They've rocked on any special order I have ever had, give them a call - 202-543-7470.


          Wegmans has carried it but it is not an everyday item – it comes and goes, like their stock of foie gras.

          D’Artagnan does do home delivery though and since it is 99% likely that you are going to get D’Artagnan anyway if you special order it you might just want to go to the source.

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          1. re: drewpbalzac
            eatingoutdc RE: drewpbalzac Feb 13, 2012 08:00 PM

            Thanks, I'll have to call or stop by Market Poultry.

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            kristen3 RE: eatingoutdc Feb 14, 2012 06:46 PM

            I've seen it at Balducci's in Bethesda... I'd call first to check

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              eatingoutdc RE: kristen3 Mar 30, 2012 08:42 PM

              Just in case anybody cares, Wegmans in Fairfax had a ridiculous amount of D'artagnan magret, like more than I've ever seen before. The woman there said they tend to sell out quickly around the holidays and the last time I was there was probably in November/December, which explains why there wasn't any at all.

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              Thaipo RE: eatingoutdc Nov 15, 2013 02:44 AM

              I realize I'm late here, but for anyone else who ends up here trying to find the same thing, Springfield Butcher has moulard duck breast (magret). I would call ahead if it's out of your way.

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                hill food RE: Thaipo Nov 15, 2013 08:11 PM

                it is an old post, but I'd call ahead anywhere. Eastern Market usually has Muscovy and Long Island but I wouldn't want to send anybody anywhere in DC traffic on a (heh) wild bird chase.

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