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Nov 6, 2002 05:21 PM


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Where can I find good Linguica in SF or Berkeley? I'm a displaced Bostonian and I need to make kale soup. Without Linguica it's not worth eating. Any suggestions appreciated.

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  1. Tower Market in San Francisco and Andronico's in SF and Berkeley both carry good quality linguica.

    Another place that sells (and makes) excellent linguica is Neto's down in San Jose. On Fridays they offer a real chowhound experience, an outdoor bbq lunch.

    Here's a link to their website:

    Link: http://www.netosausage.com/

    1. I and everyone in my house are recent converts to linguica. we got some from a friend and now we keep pre-sliced sausages in the freezer for quick tasty additions to...anything! eggs, mac + cheez, sauteed greens.

      The meat counter at Berkeley Bowl recently upgraded their linguica to Nicosia's "gourmet" brand. It is lighter in color (less artificial "red"?) than the previous selection and the flavor and texture is wonderful. spicy and deep without being too peppery or rich.

      as i said, we're linguica newbies so I don't know if this is traditionally good linguica, but we sure like it.

      Any chance you could pass along your recipe for Kale Soup? sounds good if it involves kale and linguica (which I alredy know taste great together!).



      1. Best linguica (kielbasa,my favorite)and other sausage, bacon and ham--all smoked over applewood-comes from Corralitos Market in "downtown" Corralitos (off 101 east of Rio Del Mar in Santa Cruz County). Take a cooler some lazy Sunday and stock up (big apple growing area, check out farm signs and buy a box!). Market is ONLY store in Corralitos, so you can't miss it.

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        1. re: christinet

          You're right. The Corralitos Market is wonderful. You can also get there from Highway 1. Here's a link to their website -- it contains a map.

          Link: http://www.hshields.com/market.htm

          1. re: Nancy Berry

            Thanks for link. Who knew the web had gotten to Corralitos? Can't wait to get there soon to stock up freezer.

        2. Call up Grubstake in San Francisco and ask them where they get their linguiça--somewhere near Tracy, I think. It's the best linguiça that I had in the Bay Area.


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          1. re: mikeb
            Melanie Wong

            Hey mike! Are you still on the road or reached home yet?

            I can't remember the name of the place in Tracy either, maybe Amaral? Anyway, here's a link to a description of my breakfast and my fascination with the linguica Grubstake serves. It really is special.

            Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              The linguica at Grubstake is as close as you will find to authentic linguica made in the Azore Islands. My father used to make linguica and it is dryer and has pieces of pork as opposed to ground pork in the casings. It should also have a red wine flavor as the pork should be marinated in red wine, garlic and seasonings. What you're getting at Grubstake is as close to the real deal as you will find in the Bay Area. IMHO

              1. re: Jim

                Jim, thanks for the info. Yes, the linguiça at Grubstake does have a red wine-y taste, now that you mention it.

              2. re: Melanie Wong

                Hi, yes I did just arrive home. Haven't had any linguiça yet, but I expect to in the next week or so. Nice to be back on a half-decent computer without a rinky-dink modem. It is very difficult to load the Chowhound Boards (especially the SF one) on a 28.8 modem. Shortly, I intend to post a bit about a couple of places to try from SF to and up the Mississippi on some of the other boards.

                Below, I've attached my previous post on Grubstake to get in one final plug for them.

                Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                1. re: mikeb

                  Would I have made money betting that you've already had a smoked meat sandwich? (g)

                  Fwiw, the linguiça served at Grubstake comes from Fernandes Sao Jorge Linguica in Tracy. Good stuff.

                  I'll be watching for your posts on the other boards via HotPosts. Probably never visit those places up the Mississippi myself, but your reports are always a joy to read.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    Oh yes, two Montreal Smoked Meat sandwiches have already met their doom.

                    Thanks for asking finding out about Fernandes Sao Jorge Linguica. I will be passing it on to at least one interested party. Of course, I had already learned about where Grubstake gets their linguiça earlier today. I still get the Chownews for the Bay Area even though I am no longer a resident. And I intend to keep the subscription running far into the future. For those of you who like to know or be in the know I recommend doing the same. Follow the link below.

                    Link: http://chowhound.safeshopper.com/23/c...