Avedano's: Better and better.
I moved to my neighborhood about five months ago, and since then have visited Avedano's, my neighborhood butcher, six or seven times. I'm more impressed each time I go, with both the prepared foods and the meat on sale.
When I first visited back in December or January, it seemed like they only had a few cuts of meat on sale and the packaged goods section wasn't fully realized. One of the clerks was pretty curt, which almost sealed for the deal for me, but I decided to return about two or three months back.
Now the place really seems like it's up and running: the story is quite small, so the packaged goods section is also small, but carefully edited with some really nice (and mostly local) options, like Blue Chair Fruit Company, Poco Dolce, Kika's Treats, local eggs, house-made marinara and bolognese, and a few types of local produce (today they had nice looking baby artichokes, for instance).
Of the prepared foods, I loved the pork stew (A+++), really liked the pork tacos, and liked the fried chicken OK (but I'm a total snob about fried chicken and not easy to impress). Both of the sandwiches I've had have been excellent--today I tried the tuna panini with chopped olives and pea tendrils. The quality of ingredients and interesting combinations are on par with Bi-Rite (which is about 5 times bigger than Avedano's), but I'd say that Avedano's sandwiches taste better.
The meats have been uniformly great, and (unlike Drewes on Church) they are real butchers who can prepare the meat for you rather than just wrapping and selling it. I saw a guy breaking down what looked like a quarter of a pig last week.
Last week I bought a beautiful hunk of Kobe and grilled it at home; my friend said it was the best beef she'd ever tasted, and I can say for sure it's not due to my minimal cooking skills.
If you checked it out when they first opened and it wasn't what you expected, I'd suggest a follow-up visit at this point. When I first visited I wouldn't have guessed that I'd become a regular, but I really like the place and feel lucky to have it within walking distance of my shack.
235 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110
Thanks for the detailed post, pane. I do think they are finding their footing more and more. I haven't tried the prepared foods yet, but plan to some night soon when I can't bear to cook. I haven't had a sandwich there in a while, but the ones I did have were the best sandwiches I'd had in *years*. I buy a big ribeye every so often to share with my husband. I do think they should try to source many more local things, like local beans rather than the ones from Italy. But they are doing a great job and have been a lot more friendly and they'll often remember what you like to buy even if you haven't been in for a while. Hate to drag in the negative, but I couldn't agree more with your comment on Drewes.
This is the article that came from CHOW in my email this morning?San Francisco Bay Area May 5, 2008
Bernal's Impressive Neighborhood Butcher
"I moved to my neighborhood about five months ago, and since then have visited Avedano's, my neighborhood butcher, six or seven times. I'm more impressed each time I go, with both the prepared foods and the meat on sale," says pane. "The meats have been uniformly great, and they are real butchers who can prepare the meat for you rather than just wrapping and selling it. I saw a guy breaking down what looked like a quarter of a pig last week."
It's a little place, but it's full of local foods, such as Blue Chair Fruit Company, Poco Dolce, Kika's Treats, local eggs, house-made marinara and Bolognese, and a few choice bits of local produce. Of the prepared foods, pane likes both the pork stew and pork tacos, and says that the sandwiches, such as tuna panini with chopped olives and pea tendrils, are excellent. "The quality of ingredients and interesting combinations are on par with Bi-Rite," says pane. "But I'd say that Avedano's sandwiches taste better." Atomica agrees; the sandwiches he's had there were the best he's had in years.
And, of course, there's the meat. Calvinist regularly buys skirt steak and petrale soul there: "Not cheap but excellent quality." And pane says the Kobe beef is worth trying. "My friend said it was the best beef she'd ever tasted, and I can say for sure it's not due to my minimal cooking skills."
Overall, hounds agree that Avedano's has found its feet since opening its doors last July. "If you checked it out when they first opened and it wasn't what you expected, I'd suggest a follow-up visit at this point," says pane.
(And perhaps of note: Co-owner Tia Harrison has been featured on CHOW for her mean chocolate chip cookie.)
Avedano's [Bernal Heights]
235 Cortland Avenue, San Francisco
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and your are correct it is no big deal just thought I'd bring it to the editors attention
If you want to bring it to the editors' attention, better to post in the comments section of the specific Digest article, http://www.chow.com/digest/5440 , or on the Chow Feedback board, http://www.chowhound.com/boards/59 , instead of burying it in a long thread on the local message boards.
Oh, Heavens. Sounds like another reason for fantasizing about an extended stay in the Bay area. Why. . .yes. . .we are Angelenos.
However, there is a cafe not far from my workplace that sells Poco Dolce tile chocolates. Worth the $4.09 a gallon occasional sprint. Particularly, the Aztec chile with a tiny pinch of grey sea salt accenting the top. I believe it has toasted pepita in it. Truly wonderful. Also very good is the ginger variety.
So, the next time locals are picking up skirt steaks or petrale sole or other dinner items, consider some Poco Dolce sweets for dessert. They were $2.00 a tile here in the Los Feliz area; but a small taste goes a long way. And even the working poor like me can appreciate it on occasion. Enjoy!