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Where to buy Goat Meat

Does anyone know where to buy Goat Meat on the Peninsula?


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  1. Halal and Mexican butchers often have it. Call first to make sure.

    Chavez Supermarket & Taqueria
    46 5th Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063

    Chavez Supermarket
    3282 Middlefield Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025

    Aladdin Deli & Market
    224 E Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94403

    European Turkish Market
    1138 Chula Vista Ave, Burlingame, CA

    Chavez Supermarket & Taqueria
    817 Arguello St, Redwood City, CA

    Islanders Halal Meat & Groceries
    1620 Palm Ave, San Mateo, CA

    Besan's International Market
    480 San Mateo Ave, San Bruno, CA

    Halal Market
    175 S Capitol Ave, F San Jose, CA

    Halal Meats
    1538 S De Anza Blvd, San Jose, CA 95129

    Guadalajara Meat Market
    829 Borregas Ave, Sunnyvale, CA

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Any thoughts on which of the above are locally sourced? A friend of mine mentioned the herds of goats that were eating the grass and brush at the edge of the development where he lives, and I realized that there must be thousands of goats getting fat and happy around the bay area as people try to prepare for fire season. Do those goats end up on our plates somehow, and is there a preferred goatherd to get them from?

      1. re: SteveG

        What part of the goat? Anyhow, larger Korean grocery stores usually carry frozen goat, often labeled 'black goat'.

        Also, the goats that are often seen eating brush/weeds on the hillsides are part of programs to either prevent wildfires or control certain types of plants (like poison oak, or the ironically named "goat head thorns").

        IMO the herders are real nice folk that care about their animals. The goats look healthy, and I've even lassoed a few goats in my time, but I don't know you'd want to eat an adult. They eat *anything* and go anywhere, so they could be in areas previously sprayed with pesticides or roadside where they're picking up more contaminants. If you could get your hands on a kid to eat though...

        1. re: Jumbo_Jack

          If you want local goat (or lamb) you could contact <don@woolyweeders.com> -
          I've bought spring lambs from Don the last two years for the family Ishtar lamb roast, and am planning on roasting a goat soon. His sheep and goats weed the local vineyards in Napa/Sonoma.

      2. re: Robert Lauriston

        I just called Aladdin (nearest my house) and they said that they stock it. I'll stop in and check it out and report back.

        1. re: jkingsle

          I went to Aladdin today and they had plenty of goat meat. In the butcher case they had goat stew meat, which the butcher told me was a combination of leg, neck, sholder, and rib meat all on the bone. In the hanging cooler they had goat leg meat. I bough one leg (about 3.3 lbs), he trimmed and cut it for me on the band saw.

          Will be making Goat Tacos tomorrow -- hope they taste good!

        2. re: Robert Lauriston

          I browsed the case at Besan's last week. The fresh goat looked great, pink and rosy hued, dewy fresh. The hearts, livers, etc are also available in the case.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Both Halal markets on San Pablo Ave., just north of University in Berkeley carry goat as well.

          2. Adding another place where I have bought goat meat, but always call ahead to make sure.


            Bangla Bazar
            924 E Fremont Ave, Sunnyvale, CA

            1. I saw it at the Rose Market in Mountain View.

              1. Asian market also have this item.

                Here's where I have purchase goat from in the past

                99 Ranch Market
                1070 Foster City Blvd, Foster City, CA

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                1. re: yimster

                  A regular stall (can't remember the name) in the back of the Saturday Ferry Building carries goat

                  1. re: tranewreck

                    I believe it's Marin Sun Farms -- I saw they had goat too.

                    1. re: rln

                      It's delicious. They have goats out at their Pt Reyes Ranch and also source it from some other local grass feed only farms.

                2. Also in SF, Polarica USA Inc. in Bayview is a great place for wild game, exotic and not-so-exotic meats, including goat. If it's legal to sell, they will have it or can get it for you. This place is great. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

                  If you need a whole kid goat for your spit, this is the place to go!


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                  1. re: lovebitessf

                    I just called Polarica after looking at the web site. Goat and suckling pig are special order items and you have to buy the whole thing, goats are about 30 lbs. I will go there because they have pouissins, which I have been trying to find.

                  2. Sushi Monster reports in his Taquerias of Redwood City report (http://www.emeraldlake.com/tacos/) that Mi Rancho Market at 137 Roosevelt Ave., RC has goat meat as well.

                    1. 100% Grass fed organic goat meat from Old Creek Ranch - they are at the California Ave Farmer's Market in Palo Alto on Sunday.
                      They have neck bones, organ meats, sliced liver, riblets, shank, shoulder roast, leg steaks, leg roasts, stew meat, ground, rib chops and loin chops.
                      Website is oldcreekranch.net (805) 995-1164

                      They also have lamb, pork and beef. Really great meat.

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                      1. re: takuhead

                        Any places in San Francisco - restaurants and butcher shops???

                        1. re: Canthespam

                          Bill Niman's goat has been turning up on a lot of menus, but it doesn't have the gamy flavor I like. It's not even as gamy as the lamb I buy from halal butchers.

                          Some SF butchers that sell goat:

                          Queen of Sheba
                          1100 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA

                          Salama Halal Meat
                          604 Geary St, San Francisco, CA

                          Fresh Meat Market
                          2704 Mission St, San Francisco, CA

                          Belmar-La Gallinita Meat Market
                          2989 24th St, San Francisco, CA

                          1. re: Canthespam

                            Also in San Francisco:

                            Manila Oriental Market
                            4175 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94112

                        2. Bi-Rite Market often carries Bolinas goat (the same goat Chez Panisse serves)

                          As someone mentioned above, Marin Sun Farms carries goat - in almost every cut imaginable - and this is the goat I purchase for my home. I braise the meat in spices and tomatoes - GOAT TACOS ANYONE?

                          Bi-Rite Market
                          3639 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                          Capay Organic - consolidated in Ferry Bldg #9
                          1 Ferry, Bldg San Francisco, CA

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                            1. re: PorktoPurslane

                              Bolinas goat = Niman goat.

                              Marin Sun is at the Ferry Plaza Saturday farmers market. Bi-Rite, 6001 California Market, and Guerra's Meats reportedly also sell their meat, though that doesn't necessarily mean goat.


                              1. re: PorktoPurslane

                                At $12/lb, bi-rite goat meat were the most expensive I have ever bought... :<

                                1. re: bong

                                  I don't think I've ever paid more than $4 a pound, but last week I saw goat rib chops in the case at Marin Sun for $25 a pound. They looked to be more bone than meat.

                              2. best goat directly from the farm in San Jose

                                also on Sunday farmer's market in Palo Alto on California Ave
                                The ranch there has goat, beef, lamb and pork - grassfed and organic

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                                1. re: takuhead

                                  They also sell various goat milk products. Do you have any experience with their cheeses, kefir, etc.?

                                  1. re: SteveG

                                    yes i have lots of experience - i buy from them every week - their products are top notch!

                                    Can't compare to anything i have gotten in the store plus you can't get raw products at the market. The garlic soft chevre style cheese and the mozzarella are especially good

                                    I used to get their kefir but the owner gave me some grains so now i make my own - they multiply quickly so i often have extra to share

                                2. This is really helpful. Assuming I can find a whole goat, I want to roast it on a spit. How can I do this without getting arrested by SFPD? thanks

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                                  1. re: jbmoses

                                    There are officially sanctioned picnic areas in local parks and campgrounds, which you can reserve ahead of time. Some of the ones in Golden Gate Park are set up for grilling, so I'm sure if you rigged a spit you wouldn't get any guff. Some also allow beer & wine.

                                    Apparently, if your group is under 25 you don't need a permit, but that also means a group with a permit can boot you from wherever you end up "squatting."


                                  2. Ranch 99 always has goat, dont know where it is from, frozen, not fresh, you can also find live goats for sale on CL all the time

                                    1. Wayland's Meat in Oakland's Dimond area often carries goat. Call for sure. When I was there a couple weeks ago, another customer was ordering a whole lamb.

                                      Wayland's Meat
                                      3421 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland, CA 94602