Where to buy Chickpeas / Garbanzo beans in SF?
- wliu Dec 12, 2007 12:39 PM
My husband and I are dying to try out the fried garbanzo recipe here in Chowhound. Thing is, is that we've been to Trader Joes and Safeway and we can't find them at all. We would like to know where we can find garbanzos for a reasonable price.
indian store on polk and post should have dry ones, which u soak for a night ahead. also safeway does have canned ones, in the mexican bean section
That's weird that Safeway would be out of canned chick peas...I know of at least 3 brands on the Safeway shelf: Safeway-brand, S&W, and Progresso. A can'll run you about a buck. They're right in the same section as the baked beans. Which Safeway were you at? Dried ones can be found at any Indian grocery, Whole Foods and Rainbow.
As with all beans, the best place to buy them is where they sell most often. I have always had great experiences with Rainbow Grocery half a block from14th/Folsom.
Not only will you find good garbanzos, but they carry a bunch of the Rancho Gordo heirloom beans (super over priced, but good). Anyway, these days it seems that putting heirloom on anything (tomatoes, pork, beans etc) justifies astronomical prices, but hey, try Rancho Gordo's Ojo de Cabra bean, they're great...