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Where to buy za'atar in SF?

turtl_girl Sep 19, 2010 09:51 AM

Opinions on the best source for Syrian/Near Eastern products? Would also like to find aleppo pepper.

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    originalfig Sep 22, 2010 10:00 AM

    Also, yesterday's Tablehopper reports that a new spice store is opening up in Bernal Heights in a few weeks:
    "In early to mid-October, look for a new vendor to join the 331 Cortland Marketplace in Bernal Heights: ~SPICE HOUND~ will be offering a full selection of unique spices and gourmet salts in the space formerly occupied by Della Terra Organics...At 331 Cortland, Spice Hound will be stocking over 100 different spices, dried herbs, and specialty salts for home cooks and professionals. They’ll carry smoked and flavored salts (like black truffle sea salt, and chardonnay and oak fleur de sel), as well as salts from all over the world (like French grey sea salt). As for the spices, they’ll have pantry staples like peppercorns and cinnamon (three kinds, in fact, for you bakers out there), and hard-to-find items like grains of paradise, crystallized ginger, and the super-hot (seriously) ghost chiles. You’ll also be able to grab freshly ground blends and rubs, from poultry and beef rubs to more eclectic blends like garam masala, Egyptian dukka, and Middle Eastern za’atar."

    Spice Hound
    331 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

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    1. re: originalfig
      turtl_girl Sep 22, 2010 08:21 PM

      awesome, thanks everyone! i'm (newly) in the richmond, so it sounds like there are good options nearby.

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      ephrat Sep 20, 2010 11:43 AM

      Oasis Food Market in Oakland carries zatar (w/ sumac), and they also have amazing laffa made fresh almost daily. Dangerously good!

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        bgbc Sep 19, 2010 09:46 PM

        Rainbow Grocery has it.

        Rainbow Grocery
        1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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          inthekitchen Sep 19, 2010 07:20 PM

          Whole Spice, located at the Oxbow Market in Napa has za'atar, as well as aleppo pepper. They also have chili urfa and chili marash, which are wonderful as well.

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            saffrongold Sep 19, 2010 06:29 PM

            22nd and Irving produce at 2101 Irving has bulk zatar for $3.99/lb/
            The stuff I bought is w/o sumac, I don't remember if they had different blends.

            1. Cynsa Sep 19, 2010 12:19 PM

              Haig's Delicatessen on Clement Street has za'atar.
              Penzy's has aleppo - www.penzys.com or at the store in Menlo Park -
              771 Santa Cruz Ave
              Menlo Park, CA
              (650) 853-1785
              Mon.-Sat.: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
              Sun.: 9:00AM - 3:00PM

              Haig's Delicacies
              642 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

              1. mariacarmen Sep 19, 2010 11:52 AM

                Sami Rami's on Misson and 26th. They have aleppo too. been meaning to get some myself. Sami Rami's carries several varieties of za'atar.

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                  originalfig Sep 20, 2010 08:47 PM

                  I second the vote for Samiramis. They have red za'atr and also a lovely green za'atr too. Also, the owner is great about keeping his spices fresh (ones that spoil more rapidly are kept in the refrigerator in the back.

                  Haig's in the Sunset had good za'atr too, per Cynsa, but if I had to choose one I'd go to Samiramis.

                  Samiramis Imports
                  2990 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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                  tranewreck Sep 19, 2010 11:44 AM

                  Parkside Market on Taraval has both.

                  1. wolfe Sep 19, 2010 10:16 AM

                    Check for Juliet Mae products at these stores, many interesting spice blends.

                    Juliet Mae
                    Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129, Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129

                    1. escargot3 Sep 19, 2010 10:05 AM

                      all the middle east stores have it. where are you located?

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                        soupçon Sep 19, 2010 10:00 AM

                        There are probably other sources, but I've gotten za'atar at Cost Plus World Market.

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