This is my first chow post - so thanks in advance for your help to a newbie. I fear I may be around too much, as everything here is a more interesting topic to me than my work...
My current problem:
I have gotten myself into this situation again. Last time, I ended up at a wholesale butcher with a small retail store, meat swinging past my head since the retail store is essentially nonexistent, getting the manager to call a friend at another warehouse to find me some veal shanks. This place did not even sell retail, but they made an exception for me. I won't lie, it had to do with the fact that I am female, but at that point, I put my feminism aside as I had promised my friends osso buco. It wasn't that good, it was frozen, and not nearly thick enough, but I was desperate for follow-through
I have been making it for a while, but it started when I lived in Wisconsin, and I had a handy group of suppliers. I moved (back) to Chicago and find that it is either hard to find, hard to find unfrozen, hard to find not already cut too thin, or so expensive I can't handle the ridiculousness.
My backup is Paulina Market - for other things I usually like the quality, but I categorically cringe at the prices, and I fear it will be frozen and disappointing for the $20 a pound (!!!).
Anyone know of a place where it might not be frozen, I might be able to get it cut to my chosen thickness, and it isn't so expensive?
I have tried to do some research here and elsewhere, but have yet to find something concrete. Any chance it might me at Minelli Bros, Caputo's, or some other place you like?
I am not afraid of the suburbs, nor of being surrounded by raw meat.