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Gumbo Filé?

Paul H Aug 8, 2009 09:22 PM

Anyone know of a Bay Area source for Gumbo Filé?

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    alikatz Aug 8, 2009 10:35 PM

    Safeway on 16th and Potrero in SF of all places - just bought it there two days ago :)

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    1. re: alikatz
      Paul H Aug 9, 2009 06:12 PM

      Thanks for the tips. Safeway @ 4th and King had it. Two rows of it, in fact. This isn't as hard to find as I feared.

    2. dlglidden Aug 8, 2009 09:57 PM

      Hell, virtually all supermarkets in the Bay Area sell gumbo filé. It's just dried, powdered sassafras leaves—no big deal. And one supplier is as good as any other supplier. The only caveat is that it doesn't keep well. So if a vial/package/small jar of gumbo filé has been sitting on a merchant's shelf for many, many months, it may be past its prime.

      1. goodhealthgourmet Aug 8, 2009 09:36 PM

        several. see this thread for possibilities:

        Lhasa Karnak in Berkeley has it (i checked their website)...as does Dean & Deluca.

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