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Dec 7, 2009 05:21 AM

Fresh Pickled Herring in Detroit Area - Western Suburbs

I'm looking for fresh pickeled herring in the western suburbs of Detroit (Livonia, Northville, Plymough, Farmington areas). Kroger has them, but they're kind of a hit or miss. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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    1. re: Michigan Mishuganer

      I've checked before at the 5 Mile Rd, Plymouth location and they didn't have any. Maybe I'll have to check again. Which Hillers are you referring to? Thanks

      1. re: chowchowbrowncow

        You could ask at your closest Hillers. I've seen herring in Ann Arbor & they will special order items you request.

        or contact the big local herring processor in Detroit:

    2. An ethnic Polish market, such as Polanka market, in Livonia,

      Decent grocery stores such as Hillers or Buschs, but in an area with more of a Jewish population; so, for instance, the Hillers at Haggerty & 14 or Orchard Lake & Maple would be a better bet than the ones in Plymouth/Northville, albeit outside your targeted area.

      Ikea. I've seen herring at times in their cafes, and packaged in their food store; don't know anything about the quality.

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      1. re: gooddog

        Thanks for Polanka suggesiton. I've never been there, but have been wanting to try them forever. I never think of them for some reason. I was just within a block of them today. I'll also try the Commerce Hillers when I'm out that way.

        1. re: gooddog

          I think I will be checking out Polanka today myself although for a different reason.....I promised myself to get over my headcheese aversion before the end of the year. Funny think is that I eat all kinds of offal. So today I will be purchasing a few different kinds....

          1. re: gooddog

            Thanks for the Polanka heads-up...didn't realize there was a Polish market in Livonia. I can hit that up after Cantoro's and Lakshmi!

            1. re: coney with everything

              Just got back....picked up 4 kinds of head cheese and a pound of Gypsy Style bacon (which I had never heard of)


              I also dropped into Mamma Mia's Italian restaurant just down the street....a place I had not been to since the 70's. I think it maybe longer before I return....I do not think they have changed the menu since the 70's. I had the lasagna and was not too impressed. The table breads were a sin towards bakers.

              1. re: JanPrimus

                4 kinds of head cheese. Who would have known. Hoping to head there tomorrow.

                1. re: chowchowbrowncow

                  Tongue, Chicken, Blood and Traditional :)

                  1. re: JanPrimus

                    Chicken head cheese? Not being a connoisseur, can you please explain?

                    1. re: Fibber McGee

                      Hey I am just trying to get over an aversion and it is not going well. The flavor to me not so bad...its the aspic that I hate. As for the chicken....I am sure it is some of the less desirable parts.

                      Of the four I had...I liked the blood one best. That is not really saying that much...its the one that used the least amount of aspic I think.

                      1. re: JanPrimus

                        Ah. I have to admit total ignorance in regards to all things head cheese so the lengths you are going to is impressive to me. I had no idea there was such a diverse selection.

                        1. re: Fibber McGee

                          A week ago I was in your shoes....I am just trying to push past my long held food aversions to see if it stems from a bad childhood experience or something else.

                          Headcheese will remain off my menu...Cantaloupe, Jackfruit and Cranberries are the three others I detest with every fiber I have. Otherwise I have a few other foods to muscle past...Bull Balls and eye balls. I am in no rush to do those two.

                          I have a few other slightly off I look forward to...Durian, Geo-duck and Beluga Sturgeon Cavier.

                          1. re: JanPrimus

                            Gotta respect that. I've had Durian in recent times. Don't really understand the fuss. Not easy to open, either.

                            1. re: Fibber McGee

                              I have a Thai friend who says she got some a few weeks ago in Madison Heights....

                              Kim Khung Superfoods on the SW corner of Dequindre and 13 mile

                  2. re: chowchowbrowncow

           I have now discovered that I do not need headcheese in my future anymore than I need fruit roll-ups.

                    Also Gypsy Bacon taste a hell of a lot more like Ham than Bacon. Not bad....just not bacon goodness. I will stick to the ultra thick bacon I have been getting at Sparrow Market in Kerrytown.

                    1. re: JanPrimus

                      But...but it's "fruit"! ROLLED UP! ;)

            2. I've been looking for the same thing in the same place! I've found pickled herring at Holiday Market in Canton, and at Monahan's in Ann Arbor. The 5 Mile & Haggerty Hiller's doesn't have it. Holiday Market and Monahan's also both carry creamed pickled herring as well.

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              1. re: llkchow

                Thanks for the info. I went to Polanka's today. They did have several herring types in the jar. I haven't tried them yet (or the kielbasa). I'll try your suggestions. My sister's coming into town next week. Maybe I'll have to have a herring tasting.