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Cajun market ??

John LaFayette Jan 4, 2007 05:38 PM

I have used a butcher in Hayward area for years, Bobby Lee's Smokehouse. But they appear to have closed and no answer on the phone as to whats going on. Does anyone know if they are remodeling or are gone ?? Looking for a cajun market or a good butcher. I need a couple pounds of TASSO ( a spiced / smoked pork butt ) and cannot find it anywhere but online. Rather buy locally. Any ideas ?? Thanks. JL

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    Celery Jan 5, 2007 04:14 PM

    Golden Gate Meats at the Ferry Building/SF often has tasso. Call ahead because it's not always in stock, but they've been the best bet I've found in the area. Used it for my New Year's black eyed peas and it had a good amount of spice.

    I do like Taylor's for boudin blanc, but have never seen tasso there.

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      John LaFayette Jan 5, 2007 02:59 PM

      Stopped at Bobby Lees in Hayward. They will be 3 months down for a full store remodel. Bigger and better. Good news.

      Had not considered the positive impact of e-commerce for the Gulf Area. Will do what we can. I did find many sites that claim to be based there.

      Thanks all JL

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        Melanie Wong Jan 5, 2007 05:41 PM

        Thanks so much for the follow-up, that is indeed GOOD news.

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          roberty Sep 28, 2007 12:38 PM

          There is no answer at Bobby Lee's and the newspaper articles say he retired with no successor. I tried the number today, 9/28. No longer in service. I really want some of his Boudin Sausage and can't find anything like it.

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        Bryan Gros Jan 4, 2007 09:29 PM

        I was going to suggest Aidells for tasso, and they allow you to pick up a package at the factory (or at least they used to).

        But anyway, I don't see tasso listed on their website now. Maybe they don't produce it anymore.

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          Bryan Gros Jan 5, 2007 05:31 PM

          I emailed Aidells and got a quick reply. They do still make tasso. Only for foodservice though, and in 8 pound packs.

          But they will sell you a pack if you want, and you can pick it up at the factory. Call for details.

          Maybe I should now email them back and ask them why they don't make any fresh sausage anymore? Only the pre-cooked stuff...

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          harrisea Jan 4, 2007 07:33 PM

          While I very much appreciate and support the desire to buy locally, I'd like to point out that there is no better time for us to go out of our way to support businesses in the Gulf South. Not a lot operating anymore (I get my tasso from K-Pauls, pralines from Loretta's)but the more the rest of the country can help out the more will get back on their feet.

          1. rworange Jan 4, 2007 06:08 PM

            Try the Housewives Market in Old Oakland.

            In the link to J & S deli, there was a meat that I noticed, but couldn't remember the name ... your post reminded me it was tasso. I mistakenly called it sausage because I was thinking sausage at the time after visiting Taylor's.

            I think in the same building either Jack's or Taylor's carried it as well.

            A really cajun place in Vallejo is Soultran Fish. While their thing is mainly fish, they did have a few sausages, so you never know, they might carry some smoked pork butt too. You could give them a call.

            There are a couple of African American markets in Richmond, but they seem to cater mainly to Southern soul food rather than Cajun ... lots of smoked turkey wings, and smoked ham hocks etc. However, I really wasn't looking closely for cajun or tasso. Bayview Market on Carlson and a market on the corner of 23rd & Macdonald. However, the quality looks better at Housewives.

            Gee, I hope Bobby Lee's is just closed for vacation after the holidays and not permanently ... though IIRC, Bobby Lee was getting up there in age.

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              John LaFayette Jan 4, 2007 06:13 PM

              J & S Deli has it. Great. Jambalaya is not right with out it. I am stopping at Bobby Lees again to find out more. Thanks, John

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                rworange Jan 4, 2007 06:24 PM

                I'd give any of those markets a call before traveling up there. The sign was handwritten leading me to suspect it was a special and not regular item. Good luck & happpy eating.

                Also updated my op with names of the Richmond markets.

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              divingchef Jan 4, 2007 05:58 PM

              John-Taylors has great sausages and boudin but no Tasso..there is another stand to the left as you walk in(sorry dont know the name?)that sometimes has Tasso.I got some last time a few months back,its not readily visible-you have to ask for it.
              This stand has a lot of smoked meats and some prepared foods and spices.

              Good luck!

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                Nancy Berry Jan 4, 2007 05:46 PM

                Taylor's Sausage in the Housewives' Market in Oakland (538 Ninth St.) is a good bet. They sell lots of other meats besides sausage and specialize in New Orleans-style sausage and other meats.

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