Looking for pickled herring
Anyone know a place in San Francisco to get swedish food like pickled herring and aquavit? Most important is herring, so tips for non-swedish sources of herring are also welcomed!
--A hungry swede on Swedish National Day
In Oakland, there's Nordic House. I'm not sure they have booze, but aquavit's not that hard to find.
Ikea's deli sells pickled herring and a dozen or so other preserved fish products. Go in through the exit to avoid having to wander through the whole store to get there.
4400 Shellmound St, Emeryville, CA
2709 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
I just had a great appetizer at Magnolia that was pickled herring-based. Roll mops, I think they were called. Delicious!
I believe Walzwerk has it as an appetizer.
381 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103
IKEA is probably your best bet for herring, although the one in East Palo Alto isn't great at keeping it in stock for Swedish holidays.
BevMo has at least three kinds of aquavit as well as OP.
Paulline's Pickles offers pickled herring. No aquavit. Honestly, I didn't enjoy them as much as Pauline's other pickles. I found them a bit plain. Maybe I'm jaded from regular business trips to Estonia where the oh-so-local, PCB-laden fishies come in an endless array of delicious preparations.