I'm looking to make myself A nice ye olde English steak and kidney pie and I'm trying to track down some kidneys, ideally beef, but lamb will work. Where the hell will I find this in Austin. I've tried central market and wholefoods, the meat house in Westlake.
There are a few other butchers, but are any going to carry kidney or shall I just turn my hand to a steak pie? Any ideas?
You might have luck with DaiDue, or maybe be able to find someone through them. I expect you'll have to talk to them and talk about them prepping something for you (ie not walk up and get 'em)
[by the way - I've never done more business with them than by charcuterie - which has been great... let us know what you find]
I'm sure but for doing the legwork myself that you could find something that'll work for you through the farmers market (downtown would be the ideal place to start). There are plenty of purveyors including Loncito's lamb and Thunderheart bison.
Failing that, you may want to try Longhorn Meats on east MLK. I can't guarantee you'll find what you want there, but you might. You might also check with local halal markets. There are plenty in the N. Lamar/Rundberg area.
I'd think that you could maaaaybe find them at HEB (they usually have quite a bit interesting animal parts in the floor coolers at the Oltorf location), but I'd be very, very surprised if you couldn't find them at Fiesta. Have you checked out either of those?
Also, WF is good about ordering stuff - might be worth asking the meat dept just to see what they say.
Some of the butcher shops in town may be able procure this kind of thing if they don't have it. Give Johnny G's or Long Horn Meat a call. Generally, you'll have better luck at local ethnic markets - try a carniceria in your neighborhood, or an Asian grocery.