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Oct 4, 2007 03:59 PM

Looking for San Francisco favorites in San Diego: rillette, dill bread, Thuringer and garlic sausages

I came up on Marcel & Henri’s Rillette de canard (duck rillette) in San Francisco. Is there any good fresh (not canned) rillette (pork or duck) available in San Diego? What about a real good and garlicky garlic sausage (NOT the precooked kind)? I’ve also been looking for Thuringer sausage?

I miss the Cottage Cheese Dill bread from Tasajara. I called around, but no one knows of any. I can bake it, but too much work for bread. I long for a high in Omega3 salmon or mackerel patty on toasted dill bread sandwich. Anyone know of a good dill bread to be bought?

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  1. Trader Joes used to sell Thuringer. Haven't looked lately.

    Tip Top meats in Carlsbad makes fresh and smoked sausages. Never looked for garlic though; worth a call. They may know who does make it. I know TJs also had a garlic sausage but think it was cooked.

    I get dill rye bread at the Entenmann/Orowheat outlet, so it must be sold in stores around here- Vons sells Orowheat.

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    1. re: Cathy

      I am willing to bet TT has Thueringer - seeing as the owner is from Thueringen.

    2. I saw rillette a few times at WholeFoods (LJ) but haven't tried it yet. For garlic sausages and Thueringer you should go to Sausage King. If they don't have it you might ask them if they can make it for you.

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      1. re: honkman

        Don't know if you've noticed, but the Washington St Sausage King location seems to be going downhill in the last 6 months. Some of their smoked meats (like the hamhocks and German bacon) have been around so long they look black and don't taste right. While the last weisswursts and leberwursts I got were still fresh and tasty, the Hungarian salami went bad in my frig within a week. Also the counter help are now Hispanics, and the last two times I was there, there were no German speaking patrons coming in to buy things.

        1. re: Ed Dibble

          You are right, Ed. I went a couple of times after the owner/brother died (last year?) and it was still good, but when I went in Feb/March this year, I walked out. Even the bread for sale was old and I was afraid to buy a sandwich (I remember wanting/craving braunschweiger that day) and there was an off odor in the store. Plus, the help was Hispanic and not the Husband/Wife I knew...

          The Mister says one day when he picked up something he was talking to them and they were talking about trying to sell. Perhaps they did.

          1. re: Ed Dibble

            The last time I went to Sausage King was about 9 months ago. Sad to hear that it is going downhill. Where do I get my leberwurst now in SD ?

            1. re: Ed Dibble

              I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that I saw an obit in the U/T about a year ago indicating the German man that owned and operated Sausage King had died.

              1. re: DiningDiva

                Right, but his brother and wife took over and it was still good. But they did say to my husband they were looking to sell.

                Must have...

                1. re: Cathy

                  They're still there! At least for a little while. Yesterday I got some brats and a blutwurst ring from the brother and his wife. We had the brats last night boiled in ale, they were really good - tender & juicy without falling to pieces. I did those bluts tonight in a calvados-pear-caramel sauce with some buttermilk & chive mashed potatoes on the side - wow. Maybe the best sausages I've ever had. I'd say go now, before *they* go...

          2. Thanks for the input so far. Whole Foods has thuringer, but it is just not as good as other versions have had - dry; may be too old. Tried the Delice duck rillette available at Whole Foods; not as good as Henri & Marcel's. Still in quest.

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            1. re: Cd123456789

              For your dill bread, something you may like is Alvarado St. Bakery's sprouted rye seed bread. It's got a good amount of dill in it, and has a really nice grain taste.

              1. re: Josh

                I wish I liked rye's better. But maybe I need to broaden my horizons.

                1. re: Cd123456789

                  It doesn't taste much like rye to me. Sprouted grain breads are very dissimilar to their flour-based counterparts. The dill flavor is pronounced, however.

                  Sprouted grain breads taste best, IMO, with a little toasting.

                  You might also like Charlie's Best Bread's Oregon Herb bread. I believe it also has dill, though am not 100% certain on that.

                  1. re: Josh

                    OP likes cottage cheese dill bread, Josh...kind of a different animal. Rye has a dilly favor to me and that was what I was going at-the dill. When I make home made dill pickles, I put rye bread slices o top of the pickle pot.

                    (But I am strange- Plain baked potato skins with a touch of real butter have a chocolate tone to my palate.)

                    1. re: Cathy

                      Right, in this particular case the bread does have a lot of dill in it.

            2. By the by - that Delice brand duck rillette actually tasted very good once it came to room temperature and had some time to air and the flavors opened up. I also found a Trois du Cuchon brand duck/pork rillette at Bristol Farms, along with some garlic sausages (tho they are not the same dense precooked style I am looking for), which I have yet to try.

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              1. re: Cd123456789

                I was at a party this weekend where we had a fantastic garlic salumi sausage that I was told came from Whole Foods. I'm going there today to try and find one for a get together we're throwing this weekend - I'll let you know the brand, etc.