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Looking for pickled herring

erikm Jun 6, 2008 11:03 AM

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

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: erikm Jun 6, 2008 12:56 PM

    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

    Nordic House
    2709 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      ckshen RE: Robert Lauriston Dec 26, 2011 10:49 PM

      Anyone knows the source of Ikea's herring? have been eating these but got a bit uneasy reading about the PCBs and dioxins from Russia's coastal cities in baltic herrings, though baltic herrings are presumably not sold outside Sweden by EU law.

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      epicurious_sf RE: erikm Jun 9, 2008 05:01 PM

      Trader Joe's has pretty decent Herring (in a jar) as well - in wine or cream sauce.

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        bigwheel042 RE: erikm Jun 9, 2008 06:22 PM

        Slightly off-topic, but are there any good sources of Dutch matjes? Is Ikea the best bet for something like this? Haven't seen any Dutch restaurants around these parts...

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        1. re: bigwheel042
          linam RE: bigwheel042 Jun 17, 2008 07:03 PM

          IKEA does have matjes, but I don't know if it's the same as the Dutch matjes.

        2. Absonot RE: erikm Jun 9, 2008 06:41 PM

          I just had a great appetizer at Magnolia that was pickled herring-based. Roll mops, I think they were called. Delicious!

          1. Scott M RE: erikm Jun 9, 2008 06:54 PM

            I believe Walzwerk has it as an appetizer.

            381 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103

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              linam RE: erikm Jun 17, 2008 06:53 PM

              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.

              1. BernalKC RE: erikm Dec 27, 2011 10:05 AM

                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.

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