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Chris VR Jan 27, 2009 12:00 PM

I see them recommended her often for exotic cuts of meat, do they carry anything other than meat? I was thinking of checking it out soon and want to plan my grocery list accordingly!

  1. fmcoxe6188 Jan 27, 2009 12:06 PM

    They also carry some "gourmet" food items, a small selection of fruits and vegetables (however though they sometimes have things not found in grocery stores-pick carefully-I have found MANY rotten pieces of fruit), Herrels ice cream, a fair selection of cheeses, some delicious ready made soups, breads from various local bakeries and my favorite hummus ever- Sambra I believe is its name...

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    1. re: fmcoxe6188
      Luther Jan 27, 2009 01:06 PM

      Sabra? They have that in every supermarket now.

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        fmcoxe6188 Jan 28, 2009 06:40 AM

        Nope-not that one...I can never remember the name- I just know it when I see it- large red container...

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          Foodie4U416974 Feb 2, 2009 12:57 PM

          The brand they carry is Sabra. I also enjoy the sandwiches which they have which are my favorite sandwiches ever. They use bread and fillings in such a unique way as to make me very happy up here.

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        Bostonbob3 Jan 28, 2009 06:49 AM

        It's my go-to place for Patriots' tailgating items.

        One of the often-overlooked beauties of Savenor's is that they have a small but great fish selection. When they have them, the best scallops I've found, and sea bass that's unbelievable.

        Also, they're great at getting you what you want. If they don't have that day, they will in a day or two. Just call.

      3. BobB Jan 27, 2009 01:00 PM

        I went in a few weeks ago to buy some fresh foie gras for New Year's Eve and couldn't resist picking up a tub of goose fat while I was there. You can never have too much goose fat!

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          bluestbluesea80 Jan 28, 2009 07:08 AM

          Seems overpriced for anything BUT meats and meat products i.e., duck fat. Fruits and veg you can get better quality and price at Russo's, Pasta and Sauces your paying for fancy packaging not so much for better flavor

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          1. re: bluestbluesea80
            dulce de leche Jan 28, 2009 07:20 AM

            I live near the Cambridge Savenors and see Russo's delivering, so I suspect it's the same quality if you get there on delivery days.

            They have great meats and fish, and tons of pretty, expensive specialty ingredients which I just browse and rarely buy. Nice bread.

            If you're there, stop in next door at the Kirkland Convencience (I think that's what it's called now), too, which has a surprising variety of organic and ethnic foods.

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            Gabatta Jan 28, 2009 09:12 AM

            I pretty much just stick to the butcher there. However, do make sure you pick up a package of Tate's cookies, they are like crack. I like the chocolate chip.

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              macadamianut Jan 29, 2009 09:15 AM

              I agree! Tate's cookies are the best. I bought them at savenors in Cambridge. You can never eat just one or three for that matter.

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              Aaron Kagan Jan 28, 2009 10:08 AM

              I recently attended a whole lamb butchering demo there. It was fantastic. We drank wine (out of tiny, styrofoam cups) and sampled cuts of the lamb as we learned how much you have to cut away to make one good rack. Informative. Delicious.

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                celeriac Jan 29, 2009 08:30 AM

                I've only checked it out once, but they had house-made schmaltz (rendered chicken fat), which I don't think I've ever seen before. Definitely impressive for meat.

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                  Carty Jan 29, 2009 09:01 AM

                  I have a harmless obsession comparing the prices of a specific high-end commodity, Parmigiano-Reggiano, to gain some insight into how much stores mark up. Savenor's holds the record, last summer $24.95/lb.

                  Whole Foods is on to me though, they frequently have it on sale.

                  1. rlh Feb 2, 2009 01:53 PM

                    This post is about the Cambridge location.

                    I confirmed while visiting the mothership in Seattle last week that Savenors is the ONLY Boston area retailer of Salumi cured meats and for me there is nothing comparable that I've found anywhere- they cost much more than $15 a lb (the Seattle price) at Savenors...but it's worth it once in a while.

                    I also appreciate that they frequently have B & R Breads among others, and every bit of seafood I have purchased there has been pristine (particularly their scallops!).

                    I check out those cookies next time - to go along with a cup of their very good coffee.

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                    1. re: rlh
                      Gabatta Feb 2, 2009 04:04 PM

                      Do they carry the Salumi Guanciale in the Cambridge location? That could be very dangerous...

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                        rlh Feb 3, 2009 05:32 AM

                        I haven't seen it, but I bet they would be willing to try and order it for you if you ask them. They are helpful and friendly - so are the Salumi folks - a likely possibility.

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                        Splendid Spatula Feb 3, 2009 08:49 AM

                        Could have sworn I've seen Salumi products at Formaggio Kitchen.

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                          rlh Feb 3, 2009 09:53 AM

                          You're right - they used to carry them, but have not for a while and the Salumi folks didn't expect them to start again -no other details.

                      3. alanbarnes Feb 2, 2009 05:19 PM

                        Not helpful to the OP, but in the 80s I lived in the student ghetto right around the corner from Savenor's. It was always a kick to check out the meat counter (hippo, anyone?) and find yourself standing next to Julia Child.

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                          Mr Bigglesworth Feb 3, 2009 06:37 AM

                          I would strongly encourage everyone to try their wild boar bacon - downright amazing.

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                            VivreManger Feb 3, 2009 10:16 AM

                            Just tried some from Russo's. It is very good. Russo's price was about $7 per package, perhaps 12 oz. I suspect that Savenor's is more expensive.

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                          cornFusion Feb 3, 2009 09:34 AM

                          I go there when they have lemons.... the thin-rind kind that you use to make Morrocan preserved lemons. Somehow, their in-season veggies and fruits have been exquisite. Of course, when I want REAL GOOD Steaks, Savenors is my go-to place and I have no trouble making the pilgrimage there from my home in New Hampshire!

                          1. steinpilz Feb 3, 2009 02:15 PM

                            I get: duck eggs, foie gras, duck breast (two types), and a variety of pates and liverwurst, they also have lots of frozen game.

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