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Apr 21, 2004 07:47 PM

balkan food markets

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Does anyone know where there is a Balkan Food Market in S?. Does one even exist? I'm looking for some small appetizers or desserts from Croatia. Thanks!

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  1. Good question - the Croatian market we've been going to on Polk is about to reopen as Al Baraka Halal market. Don't know if it will still have the croatian specialties and we may need to find a new spot.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Thank you! Where on Polk is the store and do you know when it is reopening? Cheers!

      1. re: 415foodie

        Here's a link to Jen Maiser's update on the last incarnation with the address.

        I walked by last week and saw the new sign up. Still looked like some work going on inside, but not too much, so should be open soon, if it's not already.

        Let us know if it still has Balkan foods.


    2. The International Food and Meat Market aka Old World German Sausage Co. at 52nd and International has Balkan specialties. It's a very small market with a very small selection of shelf goods (the meat sausages are the star), but if you're looking for something specific you might call and ask if they have it.

      People who have been following my mother's cevapcici quest will undoubtedly be pleased to know we bought a box (the market only sells them frozen in 7-pound boxes) for her birthday picnic and they were a big success.


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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        At long last, the denouement!

        Fwiw, i was in Ratto's in Oakland today and noticed jars of hot/spicy or mild ajvar on the shelf.

        1. re: Melanie Wong
          Robert Lauriston

          Indus Foods has both hot and mild Zergut ajvar for $2.69 a jar, and Berkeley Bowl for $2.99. Both places tend to sell out of the hot.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            The Aria Market on Webster St. in Alameda has a huge selection of Zergut products, including both hot and mild ajvar in multiple sizes.

            They also carry some sausages that appear to be in a Balkan style.