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Lebanon Bologna around Boston?

Has anyone seen good ol' PA Dutch Lebanon Bologna on sale around the greater Boston area?

I'm a central PA-er looking to get my fix without having to resort to overpaying to have Seltzer's send me a few pounds through the mail.


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  1. The deli at our Stop & Shop (Center Street in Malden) sometimes has it. I forget the brand name, it's not the dry, chewy stuff that I remember from my childhood - the flavor is about right but the texture is much softer.

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    1. re: gimlis1mum

      I think it's Seltzer's (at least it used to be); might be worth calling to see if they were forced to switch to Boar's Head (which is OK, but not as good as Seltzer's). Sometimes, you'll get a counterperson who doesn't realize they carry it.

      1. re: Karl S

        Thanks--I live in Medford so I drove over to check it out, and they only had Boar's Head. Which is nice--it still fries up well--but it's a bit sweeter and spiced differently than Seltzer's original. It's better than nothing....

    2. Hope you can find it locally, but if not you can order Seltzer's Lebanon bologna online at www.seltzersbologna.com

      1. I know that Mike & Patty's has it as an occasional special. I have also seen it there as scrapple and in a pork roll. They are in the bay village section of the south end. Delicious food, you should give them a try.

        1. Market Basket (Reading location at least) carries Seltzer's.

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          1. re: Karl S

            Is that true? I just called them (the Market Basket, in Reading, on VIllage St.), and they said that they didn't.

            1. re: brotherrat

              Maybe I am misremembering Chelsea, but I have seen it in the past 2 months at one of those two Market Baskets. I remember seeing the Seltzer's label.

              1. re: Karl S

                the market basket's in southern nh used to carry it...but i haven't bought any in quite a while....

              2. re: brotherrat

                UPDATE: You got wrong information from the person who answered the phone. I was just there today, and in the mood, and they have Seltzer's for 5.99/lb. Now, they have one in the display case (which is what I remember seeing earlier in the winter), but had to go back to the back room to open a new one up - what might have happened is that you had a less than swift person who just scanned what they had opened up.

                So there is Seltzer's readily had in Reading.

            2. market basket all locations carry this bologna don't know exact brand but it is 5.99 lb

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              1. re: foodperv

                I would call first, but my mother used to buy it for my grandfather (York, PA native) at the Star Market in Waverley Sq, Belmont and I think occasionally at the one on Mt Auburn St in Watertown. It's been a few years though.

                1. re: langley

                  Definitely call first. I've bought Lebanon bologna from time to time at the Allston Star, and stopped in to check when this thread first popped up last week. No dice! I don't know if they carry it only seasonally, or at random, or whether they used to and have discontinued, but there's definitely none there at the moment.

              2. I saw it at the Hannaford's on Rogers Street in Lowell last weekend

                1. Forgive my ignorance, but what is Lebanon bologna? From what little I could find on google, it looks more like salami than what I normally think of as bologna. Is it something likely to be of interest mostly to PA expats seeking a taste of home, or some exceptional type of salumi worth seeking out on its own?

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                  1. re: BobB

                    It's a kind of large, hard salami - obviously more German than Italian in style. It's not only PA expats who enjoy it: it's common in the NY and other areas. It used to be easier to find here, too, but the Boston area is generally poor when it comes to German and central European-type delicacies as compared to many other major urban areas of the US.

                    Go buy a quarter pound to see for yourself. It also fries beautifully....

                    1. re: Karl S

                      I'll have to check it out - I lived in Germany years ago and have fond memories of the quality and variety of their wursts. (Lachschinken - mmm!!!)

                      There's actually quite a trove of central European salumi - German, Hungarian, Polish and more - at the better Russian stores in the area, like Berezka and Bazaar, but I don't recall seeing Lebanon bologna there. It might have a different name there though.

                      1. re: BobB

                        Well, Lebanon bologna is Pennsylvania Dutch - not an actual Mitteleuropa delicacy, but closer to that family (think hard salami - but more intense) than Italian salume (think genoa salami or soppresata).

                  2. Market Basket in Somerville has it. Got some last week, just had a sandwhich. Tastes like the Pa/ Md stuff !