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Jan 14, 2008 12:40 AM

ISO Hungarian Kielbasa in SF

I just had the most delicious Kielbasa (but it was homemade by a Hungarian). It was dry, smoked, and definitely had Paprika... almost like Spanish Chorizo. Are there any delis that CHers know of where I could get Kielbasa like the one I feasted on? Perhaps I could find such a sausage in one of the Polish Delis near Geary? If not somewhere in the Bay Area?

Any advice would be most appreciated.

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  1. FWIW, "kielbasa" is the generic Polish term for "suasage". The Hungarian equivalent is "kolbasz". You might find it at the New World Market.

    New World Market
    5641 Geary Blvd.
    San Francisco, CA 94121

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    1. re: Xiao Yang

      I think the sausage that I am looking for is called "Debreceni" according to my searches for an equivalent. Yes, I thought it was odd that the Hungarian person called it "kielbasa" ... so, this is where I thought that it may be common enough to find in a Polish Deli like New World Market, there is another corner store on Geary (but can't remember the name) which just sells sausage/meat that has "Polish" written in big black lettering. Any info on that place? Name of store or details.

      1. re: boomer13

        You're probably thinking of Seakor Polish Deli. Another great source for Eastern European sausages is European Foods on Clement.

        Seakor Polish Deli
        5957 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA

        European Food
        3038 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          No, Seakor the Polish place on the corner only sells Polish sausages and doesn't wander into other Eastern European foods.

          Here's my Google map of Eastern European Food in the Bay Area ... if I've missed a place I hope someone will note it ...

          Anyway, you can give these markets a call ... all can be found with phone numbers in the Chow database ...

          The best chance in SF might be
          - Europa Express (and one of the most English-friendly in the city
          )- Gastronom (but probably not)
          - European Food wholesale (not all that English-friendly)

          Outside of SF my places to call would be
          - Crossroad World Market, Palo Alto and Hayward (English speaking)
          - Delicateski, Concord (sorta ok English, but I'd show up in person)
          - Euromix, Berkeley (good English)
          - Dittmar's, Mountain View (English as a first language)
          - Winmart, Sunnyvale (fair English)

          There are a few more delis on that list that I haven't tried or am less familiar with so after calling the above (or hopefully someone on the board knows for sure), you might try those.

          1. re: rworange

            I pointed to New World Market because Google brings up at least one report of somebody actually spotting Hungarian Sausage there:


            1. re: rworange

              I got a tip from someone who is married to someone Hungarian. He suggested a place located on "36th & Geary" but no name. I did not know there were any businesses on that block that looked like a Sausage shop. Can anyone advise or perhaps know the name of this place on 36th? If not I will investigate and check out the other suggestions as well. Thanks!

              1. re: rworange

                Thanks for the great resource (a few years later). If you haven't already updated your map, I am sad to report that Touch of Europe Deli in Livermore has succumbed to the economy and has closed. She was an excellent resource for sausages, cheeses, and other goodies from my childhood and will be sadly missed.

                Touch of Europe
                1880 Colfax St, Concord, CA 94520

          2. re: Xiao Yang

            I'm glad this old thread popped up, last week I picked up some "paprika sausage" at Dittmer's and it was fantastic browned in the skillet before adding lecso and simmering for around 10 minutes.

            Texture was very close to Spanish chorizo.

            Dittmer's Gourmet Meats
            400 San Antonio Rd Ste 4, Mountain View, CA 94040

          3. Fatted Calf makes a delicious one when they have it in....

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            1. re: coralv

              Hungarian sausage at Fatted Calf?.....never seen it.....

              1. re: Pollo

                I found an old item from an internet search for a restaurant/deli in the Bernal Heights area on Courtland...
                * Hungarian Sausage Factory - 419 Courtland Ave. *

                but I suspect that this place may have died (info was from 2001) Has anyone been there or know if it is still alive? Thanks for all the above advice as well, I gotta start calling.

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