Oakland: Fair Deal Market - Boudin, pheasant, bbq sauce and Pete's Louisiana hot links ... which really are the bomb
There are a few mentions of Pete's handmade beef links on the Los Angeles board. Here's the most comprehensive.
These might possibly be the links that Flint's sold when they were good as there's a mention on yelp that Fair Deal once supplied the meat to Flint's ... FWIW.
Here's an old 2001 LA Times story that has the most info about Pete's on the web
"The Cambre family came to Los Angeles from the Seventh Ward and Jefferson's Parish in New Orleans. This family has been making Louisiana hot links, beef and chicken sausage in this spot since 1957. The sausage is really fresh and well spiced with just the right tang. ... "There's an old saying," he says. "Two things you don't want to see being made: politics and sausage. But that is not the case with our sausage. This place is spotless." It's true. The place is really clean and the sausage is delicious"
I had the Pete's mild beef sausage tonight. It caught my attention big time. The fine grind is beefy with a lovely heat and a nice snappy casing. I wish right now I had a crusty roll to sop of the delicious golden oil in the pan. I might save it till I buy a roll just for that purpose.
Fair Deal which has lots of protective steel bars and protective fencing, always lookes closed. They have paper signs plastered on the windows with what is on special. I thought it would be just another ghetto market.
One wall is papered with the meat by the box deals that is typical of these markets ... for example ... 80 pounds of various steaks, chickens, chops, etc.
But unlike so many of these markets this one is neat as a pin. The owner, I think, is Asian and really nice. I bought two of Pete's sausages, one mild and one hot. I also picked up two Louisana Brand smoked sausages (mild and hot). I forgot about the boudin since it wasn't in the display case.
There are shelves of all sorts of bbq sauces. They also sell Miller's hot dogs so I now know where I can stop when I want one or two franks.
There are smoked turkey pieces. Most of the meat seems to be frozen though. The fat coils of Pete's sausage looked like it had never been frozen.
I rarely link to Yelp, but this is a much better description of Fair Deal from a long time customer
Some listings for the market have Oakland as the city, others Emeryville. If it is the latter then it is one of those weird boundry things. This is as Oakland as you can get.
Fair Deal Market
3605 Market St
(between 36th St & 37th St)
Oakland, CA 94608
Closed Sunday. Mon-Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Fair Deal Market
3605 Market St, Oakland, CA
Finally finished up the last of the sausages I bought here. Those Pete's are so good. The hot were pretty similar to the mild with a bit more heat, but not searing. The oil had more of an orange tinge. Don't forget to eat these with crusty bread.
As good as the Pete's were, the Lousiana Brand smoked sausage were the opposite. The mild was awful with the strong livery tasted being the only thing that stands out in my mind. It wasn't livery in a good way. The hot was edible but these were searing hot. No liver taste but the heat overwhelmed anything. When I turned up the heat to brown the sausage, the aroma was liver. Ick.
Get the Pete's. Those are worth a stop by this market.