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Best sausages and cured/smoked meats

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Getting to be the season for cassoulet, choucroute garni, and the like. Suggestions on the best sausages and smoked meats in the Bay Area?

My favorite sausage and confit makers are Fatted Calf and Cafe Rouge.

Anybody know a source for Piotrkowski Smoked Poultry smoked duck legs? I used to get them at the SF Ferry Plaza farmers market but they haven't been there for a long time.

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  1. My friend made an excellent choucroute a few weeks ago with all ingredients from Dittmers
    400 San Antonio Road
    Mountain View, CA
    (650) 941 - 3800
    Store Hours: Monday-Friday 9-6 and Saturday 9-5

    It was my first ever choucroute, so I can't make any kind of comparative evaluation. All the French guests seemed very happy.

    But I can say that, in particular, the petit sale was absolutely wonderful.

    Link: http://becksposhnosh.blogspot.com/200...

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    1. re: Sixy Beast

      Dittmer's has moved around the corner and is now on El Camino Real. Still has the the great European style smoked meats and sausages.

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      Joan Kureczka

      I really liked the duck confit available at the Ferry Plaza from Golden Gate meats, which I recently used in a cassoulet along with Toulouse sausages from Fabriques Delices (bought at one of the "Made in France" sales).

      1. Seakor Deli, on Geary near 25th in SF
        also near there, New World Market on Geary

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        1. re: Anne in SF
          Robert Lauriston

          Unless I'm confusing it with someplace else, Seakor's similar to European Food on Clement, which I think has better prices and a bigger selection.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Different strokes for different folks.

        2. The Europeon Deli on 32nd and Clement across from Albertsons. BIG SELECTION.

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          1. re: originaljoe
            Robert Lauriston

            That's actually called European Food. Great selection and prices. Also by far the biggest selection of smoked fish I've seen around here.

          2. For the record, Piotrkowski Smoked Poultry closed, and Fran Piotrkowski has been working for Park Avenue Catering since 1996.

            1. Since this has been bumped by Roberts update.
              Hobb's Applewood Smoked make some very good Products.
              In particular their Cajun Andouille and Toulouse Sausage, Slab Bacon and Tasso.
              Worth seeking out http://www.hobbsca.com/

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              1. re: chefj

                Hobbs bacon is tops. It's not easy to find but I found some it at the West Berkeley Bowl.

                Fatted Calf and Cafe Rouge are still really good for French-style sausages suitable for cassoulet. Fifth Quarter also.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  It is good to hear that Berkeley Bowl is finally supporting Hobb's I guess enough people asked for it.
                  Perhaps with some prodding they will carry Andouille and Tasso as well.
                  Hobb's Toulouse is very good as well.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    I buy Hobbs bacon regularly at Piedmont Grocery; it's the only grocery-store bacon I buy.

                2. I think Bi-Rite's sausage is really good.

                  1. I like the smoked sausages from Angelos. 2 outlets, one on 121 not far from Sears Point, the "home" place on Old Adobe Road outside Petaluma.

                    He also does little knobs of smoked pork he calls "Ham for 2". We usually get a dinner and enough leftovers to make Jambalaya or just a few sandwiches.