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Prepared Foods Markets in SF

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looking for help finding markets in the SF area that specialize in Ready-to-Heat prepared foods...entrees, components, desserts. Ethnic or general ok...

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  1. All of the Mollie Stones, Whole Foods, and Trader Joes have what you are looking for; TJs more ethnic than the rest. Nijiya in Japantown has a huge array of Japanese ready-to-heat as well.

    Are you looking for something more specific or eclectic?

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    1. re: Carrie 218

      thank you...perhaps less chain oriented than TJ or WF...a bit more local...perhaps 1 or 2 locations?

    2. The "oi mai" (to-go) places along Clement St., Stockton St., Irving St., or San Bruno Ave. in San Francisco. Andrew & Co. on Polk St. (havne't tried it), Boulette's Larder, Delessio (two locations)...

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Andrew & Co. does a very good job. Good rotating variety.

      2. Delissio (2 branches, one on market near Valencia, one on Broderic at Oak) has wonderful prepared food. It's all pre-cooked and held somewhat warm. I'm sure if you have a large event you can plan ahead with them and they could prepare large batches, but otherwise to feed up to 8 you could just grab that much food from them.

        I like Delissio's food much better than Whole Foods, Mollie Stone, etc. for prepared vegetables, meats, soups and the like. Delissio also has fantastic cakes, cupcakes, and other desserts that WF or Mollie Stone can't touch with a ten foot pole.

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        1. if you live near glen park, the new canyon market on diamond also has lovely prepared foods. not quite as ice as delessio, but close.

          1. In the Excelsior, there's Lombardo's Fine Foods:


            1. Harvest Market is good, the one SOMA is better than the one in the Castro on Market.

              My last Delissio visit I found the polenta and Mac n Cheese dishes were too oily and the chicken tasted weird and too fatty, I ended throwing in the trash.

              I think it depends on which Whole Foods I have had better prepared items at the SOMA and the Calif. locations.

              There are several places in the Ferry Plaza that have prepared take out, Boulette's Larder is one of a few.

              In San Anselmo you cannot beat Comforts Restaurant and Deli.

              Genova Delicatessen in Oakland - I use to keep a couple of their lasagnas in my freezer to have on hand, good soups.

              Bi-Rite Market- has some good items

              Bryans Market on California has wonderful crab cakes easy and nice to have with a salad.

              Cafe Madeleine- if you work downtown try their chicken pot pies and a few salads are good.