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Jul 9, 2007 08:10 AM

source for unusual herbs and spices, esp turkish/greek

I am searching for local (SF esp) markets to source some unusual spices and ingredients (meats, sausages, breads, cheeses), especially those of the eastern mediterranean (Turkey/Greece) but also of Spain/Portugal. Any ideas? I used to shop at SF Herb, but looking for more unusual selection.


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  1. I know of two Greek stores. For Spanish stuff, Spanish Table in Berkeley. General spices, Rainbow Grocery in SF or Lhasa Karnak in Berkeley.

    Spanish Table
    1814 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

    Lhasa Karnak Herb Company
    2482 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

    Hellenic American Imports
    2365 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    Greek Imports
    6524 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014

    Rainbow Grocery
    1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Lhasa Karnak is also willing to special order just about anything if they do not carry it.

    2. Samiramis reportedly has some Turkish stuff.

      Samiramis Imports
      2990 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      1. Also San Francisco Herb Co., which has a wide selection and better prices than Rainbow.

        San Francisco Herb Co.
        250 14th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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          1. The Parkside Farmer's Market has spices, olives, produce, and much more at reasonable prices. It's located at 555 Taraval at 16th Ave in San Francisco