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Specialty food stores?

Dehilo Nov 26, 2009 12:21 PM

I'm looking for great specialty food stores, candy, cheese and the like, in Northern CA, so I can put together a shopping tour for myself. Coastal, inland, mountains, all are fair game. Thanks in advance for your advice.

  1. Robert Lauriston Nov 26, 2009 01:47 PM

    You should post on the California board for places outside of the Bay Area.

    Boccalone Salumeria - 1 Ferry Building # 21 San Francisco, CA
    Cheeseboard Collective - 1504 Shattuck Ave Berkeley, CA
    Farmstead Cheeses and Wines - 6218 La Salle Ave Oakland, CA
    Fatted Calf - 644-C First Street Napa, CA
    Koreana Plaza - 2328 Telegraph Ave Oakland, CA
    Lehr's German Specialties - 1581 Church St San Francisco, CA
    Mitsuwa - 675 Saratoga Ave San Jose, CA - Japanese supermarket
    Nordic House - 3421 Telegraph Ave Oakland, CA
    Oasis Market - 3045 Telegraph Ave Oakland, CA - Middle Eastern
    Pasta Shop - 5655 College Ave Oakland, CA - wide selection of stuff
    Sousa's Discount Food & Liquor - 1584 Washington Blvd Fremont, CA - Portuguese
    Spanish Table - 1814 San Pablo Ave Berkeley, CA
    The Gourmet Corner - 873 N San Mateo Drive San Mateo, CA - French
    Tokyo Fish Market - 1220 San Pablo Ave Albany, CA - Japanese grocery
    Zand Market - 1401 Solano Ave Albany, CA - Persian

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      Dehilo Nov 27, 2009 10:29 PM

      This is exactly what I am looking for, thanks.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston
        Robert Lauriston Nov 28, 2009 10:10 AM

        Lao Market - 1619 International Blvd Oakland, CA
        Kuk Jea Market - 2350 Junipero Serra Blvd Daly City, CA - Korean supermarket

        99 Ranch and Lion - many locations - Chinese / pan-Asian supermarkets

        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          oakjoan Dec 12, 2009 05:51 PM

          I also like Milan Market, an Indian grocery on University and Ninth in Berkeley. In addition to a vast array of bulk spices, they carry English biscuits (ginger snaps, etc.) that are fab. If you want to rent a video, too, you came to the right place.

          1. re: oakjoan
            Robert Lauriston Dec 13, 2009 09:59 AM

            Oh yeah, Milan has the biggest selection of Indian spices I've found.

            Milan International - 990 University Ave Berkeley CA

        2. re: Robert Lauriston
          rworange Nov 28, 2009 10:24 AM

          The best Portuguese market in the Bay Area is Trade Rite Market located in the Little Portugual section of Alum Rock which has some great bakeries (especially Popular), a terrific fish shop specializing in dried fish, a Portuguese cafe (Docato) and restaurant (Sousa's)

          Other Portuguese stores in this list

          Royal Market in SF is one of the best Eastern European marketis in the Bay Area. Other markets with addresses can be found in these lists

          Favorites of mine in those lists are Crossroads World Market (prefer Palo Alto location to Hayward), Delikatesi (Concord), Dittmar's (Mountain View), Euromart (Palo Alto), Israel Kosher (SF), New World Market (SF), Polish Deli (Palo Alto), Russian Family Bakery and Deli (San Bruno), Seakor (I prefer Campbell to SF), Winmart (Sunnyvale), Gastronam (SF)

          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            Robert Lauriston Dec 26, 2009 09:22 AM

            European Turkish Market - 1138 Chula Vista Ave, Burlingame, CA

          2. wolfe Nov 26, 2009 02:14 PM

            Raymond & Co, Glen Ellen
            Whole Spice, Oxbow Market Napa

            Raymond & Co
            388 Devlin Road, Napa, CA 94558

            1. robertb Nov 26, 2009 11:58 PM

              Miette Confiserie for a good (albeit overpriced) selection of specialty candies and chocolates, both imported and domestic.

              Paulette Macarons- pretty decent macarons. Can't find truly outstanding ones in the city that I know of, and certainly nothing comparable to Paris. With that said, these are still quite lovely and worth checking out. They also sell Mariage Freres tea.

              Humphrey Slocombe- crazy ice cream maker churning out flavors like Olive Oil, salt and pepper, foie gras, candied jalapeno-strawberry, coca-cola/red wine sorbet...flavors change all the time.

              Wandering through the Ferry Building is always fun. Same for the Alemany Market.

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                saffrongold Nov 27, 2009 08:01 AM

                If you head down the coast you can hit the Trifecta of Phipps Store in Pescadero, house of many, many dried legumes and specialty vinegars, then very nearby is Harley Goat Farm with many fine chevre interpretations. The ricotta is fantastic. Don't miss a look at the hayloft turned dining room. North of there in El Granada is Creekside Smokehouse, where even butter isn't safe from the smoke treatment.

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                  meels Nov 28, 2009 03:43 PM

                  I feel like this follows up on this thread - would everyone mind sharing where they buy their salt? I am putting together a salt sampler as a Christmas gift (seems to be the 'thing' this year). I usually do my tea/salt/jam/cheese shopping at Country Cheese on Hopkins in Berkeley. They have about 6 types of salt behind the counter: Fleur de Sel, gray sea salt, smoked salt, Balinese sea salt, and Himalayan pink salt. They also have lavender salt, but I'm not so sure I'd include that. I saw they also have packaged Flor de Sal right now.

                  Where do you buy your salt?

                  Country Cheese
                  1578 Hopkins St, Berkeley, CA

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                  1. re: meels
                    wolfe Nov 28, 2009 04:06 PM

                    Check out Whole Spice, Napa and on line.

                    1. re: meels
                      goodeatsgal Nov 30, 2009 04:20 PM

                      We were in Oakville last weekend and stopped at Dean & DeLucca. They had a large selection of salts in bulk jars so you could buy as much or as little as you'd like. I would bet they had at least 20 different types. They also let you taste the salt.

                      1. re: goodeatsgal
                        oaktowngirl Dec 1, 2009 06:25 AM

                        Market Hall in Oakland, The Pasta Shop in Berkeley.

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                      3ringcircus Dec 1, 2009 12:49 AM

                      Diablo Oriental Foods. 2590 N. Main St, Walnut Creek, CA Japanese Grocery
                      Las Montanas Market, 1725 Willow Pass Rd, Concord, CA Mexican/Hispanic groceries
                      Concord Korean Market/Hankook Market 1450 Monument Blvd Ste D, Concord CA... Korean groceries

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                      1. re: 3ringcircus
                        BernalKC Dec 1, 2009 09:40 AM

                        Seems like an overly broad request. I'm surprised this hasn't turned into a gusher of links. But here are a few more to stir the pot. I'll hold off on the bakeries and butchers and the larger markets unless those are fair game too?

                        Lucca Ravioli
                        1100 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                        Molinari Delicatessen
                        373 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

                        24th Street Cheese Company
                        3893 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

                        La Palma Mexicatessen
                        2884 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                        La Bedaine
                        1585 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94706

                        1. re: BernalKC
                          Robert Lauriston Dec 1, 2009 10:11 AM

                          The request makes sense to me. I keep a list of unusual or allegedly superior shops worth a detour when I'm in places I don't get to often.

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