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Help! - Where to buy half smokes while Eastern Mkt is moving?

congressionalfoodie Jun 22, 2009 08:18 AM

I'm hosting a nationals/red sox watching party for former boston people now living in DC, and I was hoping to serve half smokes from Canales over at Eastern Market (which are fantastic) and Boston beer (Harpoon, Sam Adams). I was pretty disappointed to see that the market was closed this past weekend, although happy the original facility will be reopening this weekend. Anyway...does anyone know somewhere other than Eastern Market (ideally around Dupont Circle), that sells uncooked half smokes?


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    treetop tom Jun 23, 2009 07:36 PM

    BK Millers Meat Market in Clinton has Manger's Half Smokes - Hot or Mild with Skin or Skinless 20 ct (5 lb pkg) for $ 16.99 bx. They also sell Brigg's Half Smokes.

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      Elyssa Jun 22, 2009 09:53 AM

      I have no idea where one can buy half smokes, so the only thing I really have to add to this conversation is : GO SOX! :)

      1. hill food Jun 22, 2009 09:43 AM

        they re-open Friday, but in the meantime call Tortilla Cafe (Canales owned), while the temp facility was being built they had some of their usual things available there.

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          congressionalfoodie Jun 22, 2009 12:19 PM

          Totally appreciate the input... Just called Tortilla Cafe and it was a no go, at least the woman who answered the phone was very nice...

          1. re: congressionalfoodie
            Steve Jun 22, 2009 05:43 PM

            You can buy half smokes at Shoppers Food Warehouse. They won't be as good as what you'd get a Canales, though.

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              monkeyrotica Jun 23, 2009 04:11 AM

              I've tried the Gwaltney halfsmokes from Shoppers. They're basically just a big hotdog; the texture of the meat is smooth, not the coarse grind like Mangers. Also, the Gwaltneys don't have a natural casing, so you don't get the distinctive "snap" when you bite into them. They're cheap, though.

              The Gwaltneys are the "dirty water dog" style halfsmoke you find at the vendors on the Mall.

              1. re: monkeyrotica
                hill food Jun 23, 2009 08:30 AM

                best consumed with "Chinese" style mustard IMO.

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                  Steve Jun 23, 2009 08:37 AM

                  The half smokes I have bought from Shoppers are from Capitol, not Gwaltneys.

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                    monkeyrotica Jun 23, 2009 10:08 AM

                    Never heard of Capitol Brand halfsmokes. Which Shoppers were these at?

                    1. re: monkeyrotica
                      Steve Jun 23, 2009 03:31 PM

                      Seven Corners.

          2. monkeyrotica Jun 22, 2009 09:20 AM

            Nobody else in DC carries uncooked Manger's halfsmokes. Canales is it.

            1. Lydia R Jun 22, 2009 09:07 AM

              The Half Smokes sold by Canales come from Manger meat packers in Baltimore. There isn't a retail location at the plant. You might call and see where their closest, currently open, retail client is located.

              Manger Packing Corp.
              124 S Franklintown Rd., Baltimore, MD 21223
              (410) 233-0126, (410) 362-8065 fax

              Another Chowhound thread mentioned that they might deliver orders >25#.

              Maybe you can even reach Emilio the owner of Canales Quality Meats directly:
              202-547-0542 canalesqm[at]aol[dot]com for advice.

              1. johnb Jun 22, 2009 08:37 AM

                In years gone by supermarkets east of 14th St. (ie in the "real" DC) normally carried them, the further east the better. IIRC there is a Giant near the O St market. Try that, and if that doesn't work you can surely get some over at the retail meat area of the DC Farmers market near Florida Ave/NY Ave. I wouldn't hold my breath about Dupont Circle however. That was probably never far enough east, certainly not in the last several years. But you never know!

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