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Where to buy Pork Roll in Boston?

hoolese Jan 1, 2009 12:12 PM

When I lived in philly a good diner breakfast wasnt complete without pork roll, a type of pork sausage youd slice and grill and serve in breakfast sandwhiches. You could also but it at the store, taylor was the brand name. Anyone know where to buy it here?

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    AHan Jan 1, 2009 12:27 PM

    I have seen it at the deli counter at various supermarkets, but not at a restaurant.

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    1. re: AHan
      curiousbaker Jan 3, 2009 07:36 AM

      Any chance you can recall which supermarket where you saw it, AHan? My husband is from North Jersey and loves it but can only get it when he goes home to his parents.

    2. Karl S Jan 1, 2009 02:30 PM

      Do you mean what goes by the name of Taylor Ham in New Jersey?

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        Infomaniac Jan 1, 2009 03:11 PM

        North Jersey calls it Taylor Ham, and South Jersey/Philly call it Pork Roll.
        That's what I got out of a conversation not to long ago in Cherry Hil, NJ.

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          hoolese Jan 1, 2009 05:47 PM

          yeah, I think Taylor is the brand name maybe?

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            Alcachofa Jul 28, 2010 10:34 AM

            Um, in Trenton, where the pork roll originated, it is pork roll. Philly wishes it were theirs. Taylor is a brand, yes.

            EDIT: UGH! Sucked into an old thread. Merde.

          2. steinpilz Jan 1, 2009 06:01 PM

            I think some smart Chowhound could make a bundle supplying NJ hard rolls and pork roll in NE and probably more generally throughout the US. I've actually tried to make hard rolls (toward this grand entrepreneurial goal), it's not at all easy!

            1. BobB Jan 5, 2009 10:30 AM

              Is that anything like porchetta? I get that at my local Russian store, Berezka in Allston. It's fantastic.

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                Karl S Jan 5, 2009 10:35 AM

                Not unless what you get at that store is nothing like a standard porchetta.

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                  pondrat Jan 5, 2009 10:56 AM

                  Nothing close to porchetta....More like a large summer sausage...similar to the other Philly area classic cold cut , Lebanon Bologna

                2. pondrat Jan 5, 2009 10:52 AM

                  Grew up in South Jersey and have the craving especially for Eagles playoff parties.

                  I bought some of the Taylor 8 slice packs a couple months ago in the packaged meat section (with scrapple there as well !) at Roche Brothers in Wellesley. May want to call first because it's not always in stock. May have it in other stores in the chain as well.

                  I occasionally find Tastykakes at Stop & Shop if you want to make a complete meal of it.

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                    aholsber Jan 13, 2009 07:00 AM

                    As another transplanted south Jersey person (exit 0 GSP), I had given up on things like Taylor Pork Roll, until I started shopping at the Hudson NH stop and shop. They sell it at the deli counter, in 1lb packages. However, they won't slice it, which makes little sense to me, as they slice pancetta, which is also a raw pork product on their slicers.

                    I hope that this helps those that are missing a NJ staple.


                    1. re: aholsber
                      pondrat Jan 13, 2009 08:39 AM

                      Exit 0....I still vacation in Cape May....

                      Now all we need to do is get a supplier of REAL philly soft pretzels up here in Boston.

                      Go Eagles !

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                    mcupcake Jan 14, 2009 08:20 AM

                    It's not in Boston, but the Superette in Holliston (southwest of Boston) carries Taylor pork roll in their deli -- the full rolls, not the pre-sliced/pre-packaged stuff. A nice discovery since we used to have to make a pit stop at a grocery store on our way out of New Jersey so we could stock up our freezer at home.

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                      pondrat Jan 14, 2009 11:37 AM

                      Great tip and well within range for me ! Thanks.

                      Wonder if they slice dried beef as well.....another tough one to find that's not pre-packaged.

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                        Harp00n Jan 14, 2009 12:47 PM

                        Whadya need the sliced dried beef for, SOS?

                        Go Steelers!


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                          BobB Jan 14, 2009 12:57 PM

                          Could be that pondrat has a more high-class version in mind, like brescaiola.

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                            pondrat Jan 14, 2009 04:56 PM

                            Your both right I call it BOS.... Brescaiola on a Shingle... Actually it's Mom's old fashioned creamed dried beef recipe just like you'd get at the breakfast joints at the Jersey shore. The packaged stuff has an incredibly high salt content. Fresh shaved is a totally different meat.

                            Harp, the dream would be an all-Pennsylvania Superbowl, (with a victory parade down Broad Street).

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                              Harp00n Jan 15, 2009 12:53 PM

                              "The packaged stuff has an incredibly high salt content."

                              Tell me about it! Years ago my DW and I were discussing what our favorite comforts foods were as kids and discovered that we both liked chipped beef on toast, aka, SOS. Anyhow, all though DW liked SOS she'd never actually made it! Her DM & DF had always prepared it for her. That is until she decided to surprise me. She had no idea that you must rinse the contents of those little glass jars first. OMG!


                              BTW, agree on your SB sentiments except for the final outcome :-)

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                                pondrat Jan 15, 2009 04:42 PM

                                There's something about a "jar" of dried beef that just seems completely wrong.

                                Suppose it goes perfectly with a quart sized box of claret !

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                                  Harp00n Jan 16, 2009 05:39 AM

                                  I guess, back then, it was a case of; In the land of the blind, the Hormel dried beef jars were King. Besides, they made for a nice alternative to the Welch's grape jelly jars as sippy cups.


                    2. nsenada Jan 14, 2009 12:33 PM

                      Wasn't there a Ween song about this (actually there might have been more than one)?

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                        pondrat Jan 14, 2009 05:01 PM

                        To be sung while leaving the Superette in Holliston (lame attempt to keep this a Boston food thread :))

                        Ween - PORK ROLL EGG AND CHEESE lyrics

                        When you've had your fun, and your work is done, you must not
                        I can feel you breathe, it's like a mega-weedge inside,
                        Please don't hide
                        So mom, if you please, pass me the pork roll egg and cheese
                        If you please, on a kaiser bun
                        Mom, if you please, pass me the pork roll egg and cheese
                        If you please, on a kaiser bun
                        When the guava's drained, Eddie Dingle remains
                        But we must further ourselves on
                        So dynamic is life, staring into the sight's
                        Not right, but wrong in a good way
                        So mom, if you please, pass me the pork roll egg and cheese
                        If you please, on a kaiser bun
                        Mom, if you please, pass me the pork roll egg and cheese
                        If you please, on a kaiser bun
                        When you've had your fun, and your work is done, you must not succumb
                        I can feel you breathe, it's like a mega-weedge inside,
                        Please don't hide
                        So mom, if you please, pass me the pork roll egg and cheese
                        If you please, on a kaiser bun
                        Mom, if you please, pass me the pork roll egg and cheese
                        If you please, on a kaiser bun
                        Mom, if you please, pass me the pork roll egg and cheese
                        If you please, on a kaiser bun
                        Kaiser bun
                        Pork roll egg and cheese
                        (Zzzz... eeezz..
                        (apluase and cheers)
                        -Thank you!

                        1. re: pondrat
                          nsenada Jan 15, 2009 05:59 AM

                          Genius! I'm going to have to bust out "The Pod" and listen to it whilst eating my leftovers from Cafe Latino (the mention heavy-handedly establishing relevance to this thread in that it is in Boston, and almost everything there seems to contain pork).

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                            Alcachofa Jul 28, 2010 10:36 AM

                            I'm not sure a pork roll actually contains pork! ;-)

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                              nsenada Jul 28, 2010 10:54 AM

                              Hmm - brings to mind another song, "Head Cheese," by Psychotic Pineapple, containing the lyrics "It's got eyes and ears and nose and lips and everything I like except the tongue."

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                        AHan Jan 15, 2009 06:17 AM

                        You can get it shipped from here:


                        or here:


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                          pondrat Jan 15, 2009 07:44 AM

                          These are considered porn sites for a Jersey/Philly boy

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                          Duxdad Jan 22, 2009 03:23 PM

                          There is a market here in Duxbury named "Foodies" and they carry that exact brand. They have another store in the south end of boston, maybe Washington St. that probably also carries that product.

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                            bear Mar 2, 2009 02:53 PM

                            Roche Bros. in Wellesley had Taylor Pork Roll in the meat section today.

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                              Jenny Ondioline Jul 24, 2010 08:45 PM

                              Bumping up an old thread to note that I saw Taylor pork roll (whole, not sliced) in the deli counter at Market On The Square, the 24-hour market at the corner of Brattle and Church in Cambridge. In case anyone was still looking.

                              1. MC Slim JB Jul 24, 2010 10:44 PM

                                I'd missed this old thread, but as it has been revived, awesome Ween reference and all, I will point out again that Mike & Patty's in Bay Village does a pork roll, egg and cheese sandwich on occasion for breakfast, and it is delicious, even to those like me who did not grow up in New Jersey.


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                                  nsenada Jul 28, 2010 07:27 AM

                                  I may have to stake the place out for one - saw Ween in Portland last week, and they played both "Pork Roll Egg and Cheese," and "Frank" which also has a reference to PRE&C, in addition to turkey, cod and gravy fries.

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