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San Carlos: Dalex - the best European food store in the Bay Area?

Ok, so I'm looking at some of the Russian businesss on the website Russian Dining
http://www.russiandining.net/2006/06/...

They list this joint in San Carlos and I'm not finding anything until I google on the address and come up with this website
http://www.employees.org/~dalex/

The only other info I'm finding is a recent mention of Dalex artichoke dip being sold at the Campbell Farmers Market.

You know, if you click on some of those pictures on the site like for the house-made saurkraut and pickles or smoked fish ... it looks promising.

Some of it I kind of find funny ... taking pictures of every shelf in the store ... seems like the regular type of Eastern European groceries. I'm kind of intrigued by the picture for the frozen foods which lists a whiteboard with what seems some specials written in Russian. I wonder what they are. The jars on the top shelf of the mineral water / honey picture seem interesting.

Anyone been?

Dalex Co., 1062 Terminal Way, San Carlos, CA 94070
Phone: 800.822.5255 & 650.592.5793
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00-19:00, Sunday 11:00-19:00

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  1. I may be wrong, but I don't think it's an actual retail storefront - more like a food distributor in one of those warehouse districts (I live right by there - it's an area of marble cutters, machinists, appliance parts distros, etc). He has a cart at the San Carlos farmer's market every year where he sells various items of his inventory, including delicious piroshki and the spreads/dips.

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    1. re: orezscu

      Haven't been to the store. They are at the Sunnyvale Farmer's market every Saturday.

      1. re: 512window

        Do the sell piroshki? Do they make their own?

        1. re: rworange

          They do make piroshki. I had a meat one that was flavorful if greasy. Excellent fresh sauerkraut and spicy mustard.

          (I got it at Serramonte Farmer's Market one Thursday, although I'm not sure if they're always there).

          1. re: Windy

            Cool. I'm assuming is is a fried rather than baked version?

            1. re: Windy

              Very flavorful, and yes, a bit greasy. Makes your vodka absorb more evenly.

              RW: Yeah, it's a fried one. It has a nice chewy texture, and a great beef/onion filling.

              He also will tell you how to re-heat them at home. That might be the way to go - wick some of the grease out with paper towels?

        2. re: orezscu

          I spoke with him today at the CSM Farmers Market in San Mateo - I asked if his San Carlos location sells retail and he said no. He also said that the website is very old and that he doesn't have many of the items shown on the site...

          1. re: RWCFoodie

            Thanks !!!

            I'll have to check him out at one of the farmers markets.

            1. re: rworange

              I think they have a stand at the Moraga Farmer Market as well. They have both fried and baked piroshki there -- the fried were quite good.

          2. re: orezscu

            They also have a booth at the Oakland Farmers' Market onFridays. I haven't tried the pickles that they push pretty hard, but the olive spread is very good (although I( like to add a TBSP of red pepper flakes to each container). My familyy also likes the Samsa, a ground lamb, onion, and other flavors mixture wrapped in dough that you bake at home. THeir version is Uzbeki, although apparently all of the "-stans" make something similar. They are two for $6 (one serving for a hungry person, but you dan do a little dealing on price if you buy more or other items.

            1. re: Quasim

              Those are some of the best pickles I've had- much better than Alexander Valley, the most comparable local product I've come across- and I've never had them pushed or even bragged about.

              Limited contributions from carrot and cranberry (i.e. exactly one cranberry and several shreds of carrot in the container I bought, forget the size, sorry) mentioned below aside, the sauerkraut is also amazing. I intend to comp it with the sauerkraut that's shown up at the JLS farmers' market Sundays when next I run out of bulk purchased at Dittmer's.

          3. They have a new phone number 650-483-4325, and 650-483-4011.

            1. They're at the farmers' market at the College of San Mateo. Their sauerkraut and half sours are the best I've had in this area. Sauerkraut ingredients are cabbage, carrots, salt, and cranberry (!). Russian guy. Worth a long detour or special trip.

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              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Yes, the pickles are great. I tasted several items at the Mountain View farmers market.
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5715...

                Moraga might be closer for you, if Dalex is still selling there.

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                Dalex
                1062 Terminal Way, San Carlos, CA

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                Dalex
                1062 Terminal Way, San Carlos, CA

                1. WAIT!!! HOLD the PRESS!!

                  THEY USE HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP IN THEIR SPREADS/DIPS :( WTF??

                  then they label it ALL NATURAL. it is anything BUT NATURAL :( WTF??

                  BTW its the artichoke dip that i read the ingredients and saw this. :( sad so sad am i

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                  1. re: Overbyte

                    They didn't use corn syrup it was in the mayonnaise, but from what I found out, they changed the recipe and do not use that brand of mayo anymore.