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Jan 8, 2004 12:57 PM

Haggis in San Francisco Bay Area

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This question has come up in the past, but I haven't seen a satisfactory answer, and since Burns night is coming up again, I thought I'd try my luck asking it again. Is there a store that sells haggis in the Bay Area? I will be serving this in my home, so I am looking specifically for a store, not a restaurant or pub, and I'd prefer fresh, not canned, haggis. I've heard that it's impossible to find haggis in this country due to import restrictions...but some hardy butcher must be making it (like in So I Married an Ax Murderer...).


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  1. my wife just told me this is scottish.she suggested that you call one of the scottish stores in town and ask them. if they are scottish they might be able to help you. sorry i dont know where the stores are but i have passed them when on the bus.yellow pages should do it.

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    1. re: joe
      Marc Wallace

      There's a Scottish store in Jack London Square.

      Doesn't list haggis (it's more a gift store), but the folks behind the counter often look like authentic Scotland imports... worst case they might have pointers, as suggested.


    2. w

      Ah yes, Burns night, which represents the birth of Scotland's greatest poet, Robert Burns, on Jan. 25th.

      Haggis, quite simply, is a large boiling sausage stuffed with oatmeal and a number of meats flavored with onion.

      Not sure if this is "local" enough for you, but how about trying on the web? You'll find all sorts of recipes and numerous links for ordering Haggis, cookbooks, tall tales, and even traditional Burns night dishes such as Cock-a-Leekie, tipsy laird, tatties -n- neeps (potatoes and turnips), etc.

      From what I can gather, it appears that lamb, liver, heart, onions, suet, and oatmeal are the main ingredients.

      For pure silliness, try, where you'll find all sorts of anecdotes surrounding Haggis legends, etc. Did I mention that whiskey is involved?

      Hope this helps!

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      1. re: wedgeheadjunkie
        Melanie Wong

        Recent travelers to Edinburgh told me they couldn't find any to eat when they were in country. Apparently it's not as popular any more. I had it once when I was in high school...ancient history.

      2. I asked the same question just yesterday in a class I am taking in the San Carlos area and a Scotman in the class said there in a English store on El Camino in San Carlos that sell this in cans. But I am think you said that you do not want cans. I plan to go to this store and I will place the address and phone later if you are interested.

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        1. re: Yimster
          Melanie Wong

          Courtesy of SF ChowNews #76, here's the contact info.

          British Food Ctr [Peninsula]
          1652 El Camino Real
          San Carlos 94070

          The store has a good deal of meat products in the freezer cases too. Maybe there's some frozen haggis in there, which would be closer to fresh than canned. Worth a call.


        2. n

          In "So I Married an Axe Murderer", Mike Myers plays a Grant St. butcher of Scottish descent. At least in the movie, they sell Haggis at his butcher shop. Sorry this doesn't help but at least you can fictionally get haggis (and see a very funny movie as well).

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          1. re: notmichaelbauer

            Actually it's his love interest who works in the butcher shop, which was played by Iacopi Meats on Grant. Sadly closed now. A very funny movie.

          2. I actually was just looking haggis up recently, and ran across this article:

            It's from 1998, but it mentions Scottish Meat Pie Co. in Davis, California as a place that makes haggis. You might try them.

            I understand that authentic haggis is illegal in the US because it contains sheep lungs and windpipe, considered unfit for human consumption.