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where to buy duck legs around greater Boston area?

chow_how Jun 2, 2012 06:30 PM

The thing is, for some reason, there are fewer and fewer places selling ducks, especially duck legs. Now, I know there are at least two places at Chinatown that sell live ducks. Of course, they handle it for you. You don't need to learn how to kill and clean a duck. But they sell it as a whole and that is too much for me. At least two market at Chinatown sell duck parts. I don't like their quality. H mart in Burlington and Whole Foods only sell duck breast. John Dewar meat shop in Wellesley (new location) and Savenor's (I think?) sell duck legs, but pricy.

I google a little and learned that in the past, some whole foods and stop&shop sell duck legs, That's where you can get not-so-expensive duck legs. But now, whole foods only sells duck breast and stop&shop doesn't sell ducks (anymore?). So, where can I buy duck legs that are not so expensive and not at Chinatown ? Thanks.

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  1. GretchenS RE: chow_how Jun 3, 2012 06:38 AM

    I cannot remember how much they cost, but Wilson Farms in Lexington nearly always has packages of three duck legs and I found them very good quality the two times I bought them. Call ahead though because they are not there 100% of the time. And I did find them once (packaged singly) at Roche Bros in Marshfield so if you have a Roche Bros near you, might be worth a call, that one was very good too.

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      chow_how RE: GretchenS Jun 3, 2012 11:12 AM

      I just called them and they said they don't sell duck legs. ?????
      Ok, I called them again and now they have it. I guess it's just a matter of the person if he/she is knowledgeable about it. So, yes, three duck legs per pack and about 10-12 dollars. I will keep in mind if I can't find anywhere else. I am still looking for a place to buy individual duck legs. Thanks!

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        kobuta RE: chow_how Jun 3, 2012 12:49 PM

        I was just there about 2 hours ago and saw a shelf full of duck legs.

        EDIT: Oops, meant to add this to my post about North Quincy S&S below, but site won't let me delete and re-post.

        In all honesty, if you're already going to Chinatown, you're talking about another 15 minutes to get to N. Quincy when there's no traffic. Or another 15 minutes on the Red line and then a 5-7 minute walk to the S&S. It's not far from the N Quincy T stop.

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          Ferrari328 RE: kobuta Jun 4, 2012 07:54 AM

          Kobuta, do you have an address? S&S website lists two Quincy locations.

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      adamgendreau RE: chow_how Jun 3, 2012 06:50 AM

      Places in Chinatown sell live ducks? That's news to me! Would love the names of these places, if you're willing to share.
      How much are you looking for? The smaller the quantity you buy, the more expensive they will be. Might not be a bad idea to hit up a wholesaler and buy a 25# case and freeze what you don't use.

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        chow_how RE: adamgendreau Jun 3, 2012 11:17 AM

        Ming Kee Live poultry, 54 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111, (617) 482-3618
        The other place doesn't have a store name so I can't google it. It's only about one block away from it.
        I think small quantity is better because I wouldn't know what to do with like 24 duck legs. haha. I don't eat that many ducks. thanks.

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          9lives RE: chow_how Jun 3, 2012 02:58 PM

          The "other" live poultry store in Chinatown is on Beach St..a few doors away from Gourmet Dumpling House..across the street from Bubor Cha Cha. I don't specifically know if they sell live duck; but several types of chicken.

          I would guess that Mayflower Poultry in E Cambridge would have duck legs..worth a phone call.

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            adamgendreau RE: 9lives Jun 3, 2012 04:14 PM

            Thanks for the info! I've been looking for some live avian company and some delicious peking duck. 2 birds ...1 stone, as it were.

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              rlee21 RE: adamgendreau Jun 5, 2012 12:06 PM

              The other one at 48 Beach St. and is called Wing's Live Poultry. I haven't bought duck from them before, but I think I've seen them there before.

      2. kobuta RE: chow_how Jun 3, 2012 08:17 AM

        I don't buy duck legs, but I certainly recall seeing duck legs at the N Quincy Stop and Shop by me, even as recently as earlier this year. I haven't heard or seen anything that suggests S&S won't sell ducks - so maybe more of a "will your local store carry it" type of thing.

        I haven't looked for this though, so I can't say for certain it'll be there. Might be worth a call to the local store manager, if N Quincy isn't out of your way.

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          chow_how RE: kobuta Jun 3, 2012 11:22 AM

          N Quincy is a kind of too far for me. Do you know any other places? All stop&shop I know don't have it. The only one I heard might have it is the one in Watertown. I called them last night and they said they don't have it at all. Funny, people keep saying that here or there (around this area) might have it but I really haven't seen one!

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          psychoandy RE: chow_how Jun 3, 2012 10:19 AM

          Check out Market Basket. Haven't been there in a while but last time I was there I believe they had duck legs as well as breasts from this company: http://www.canardsdulacbrome.com/en/p...

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            chow_how RE: psychoandy Jun 3, 2012 11:24 AM

            I used to go to Market Basket a lot. I have never seen them there, somerville or Burlington. I just called both of them and they said they don't sell duck meat. I think maybe it's just one time thing.

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              chevrelove RE: chow_how Jun 5, 2012 07:37 PM

              If you're near/in Watertown, then the Shaw's in Porter Square should be an option for you. I've always seen individual (fresh) duck legs available there. Seemed reasonably priced, though not dirt cheap.

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                opinionatedchef RE: chevrelove Jun 6, 2012 09:59 PM

                wow, i NEVER would have guessed that. Thx much!

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                  chevrelove RE: opinionatedchef Jun 7, 2012 07:30 AM

                  Yes, and wish I could remember the name of the brand. (They offer only one brand, and I don't know the variety of duck used.) In the meat section on the far wall, near the organic chicken. They offer a couple different cuts, all neatly vacuum-sealed. Have always been tempted, but I'm waiting for them to go on sale.

          2. steinpilz RE: chow_how Jun 3, 2012 12:20 PM

            They used to have them at Whole Foods, I saw them in Back Bay and in both Newton stores but then they went away, maybe the River Street store would be best to call? I'd also try calling Savenors, they usually have a couple different types of duck breast and may have legs. I used to roast them with garam masala.

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              Madrid RE: chow_how Jun 3, 2012 04:44 PM

              try Sherman Market, Union Sq, Somerville.

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                random amblings RE: chow_how Jun 3, 2012 05:01 PM

                In the past I found them at Baza foods in Newton on Needham Street. Again, call ahead, because they aren't always in stock.

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                  lergnom RE: chow_how Jun 4, 2012 10:38 AM

                  We've bought frozen duck legs for duck confit at Super 88 in Allston. Any of the Chinese supermarkets should have them frozen.

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                    frond RE: chow_how Jun 5, 2012 10:22 AM

                    I have seen them at Donelan's in Acton.

                    1. BobB RE: chow_how Jun 6, 2012 07:59 AM

                      Savenor's always has duck legs - not cheap, but very high quality. They also sell duck fat for confiting them.

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