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Bay Area places that carry freshly-ground cornmeal or grits (either local or Anson Mills)?

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mikeh Nov 16, 2010 10:40 AM

I'm looking to make cast-iron molasses spoon bread with honey butter as part of our Thanksgiving but need some high-quality cornmeal.

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    SteveG RE: mikeh Nov 16, 2010 11:11 AM

    Rainbow Grocery carries a few types of Anson Mills grits in the bulk area. Search for Anson Mills on this board and you may find other places too.

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    Rainbow Grocery
    1745 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    1. Robert Lauriston RE: mikeh Nov 16, 2010 11:29 AM

      Boulette's Larder has half a dozen Anson Mills items, but Rainbow's probably cheaper.

      http://bouletteslarder.com/menus/menu...

      1. chefj RE: mikeh Nov 16, 2010 01:22 PM

        Giusto's mill grinds polenta but may be too coarse for you application.

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          wally RE: mikeh Nov 16, 2010 01:31 PM

          There is someone at Ferry Plaza on Saturdays that has cornmeal, I think stone ground. I think they have rustic in their name. I have never tried it

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            mikeh RE: wally Nov 16, 2010 02:51 PM

            Looks like I should converge on the Ferry Building and surrounds for a few good options.

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              JasmineG RE: wally Nov 16, 2010 03:31 PM

              I've bought grits from Ridgecut Gristmills at the Ferry Plaza on Saturdays and have liked it (they're not there every Saturday, though).

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                wally RE: JasmineG Nov 16, 2010 05:21 PM

                That is the one I was thinking about.

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                  Spatlese RE: wally Nov 17, 2010 08:32 PM

                  I've picked up Ridgecut cornmeal at Bi-Rite Market in the Mission as well.

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                  Bi-Rite Market
                  3639 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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                    jsaimd RE: Spatlese Nov 18, 2010 06:27 AM

                    They also sell at the market across from Rechuitti in the Ferry Building,.

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                      calalilly RE: jsaimd Nov 18, 2010 08:28 AM

                      Depending on where you are in the Bay Area, you can actually go to the Grist Mill in St. Helena and get it freshly ground by the miller. I believe it's one of the few running mills left in the states. Kind of random but lots of fun.

                      I stop by while I'm up there a few times a year and stock up. The miller grinds cornmeal, polenta, flour etc. Definitely the best quality around, and it's technically free, they just ask for donations. Several of the local restaurants in the valley serve it on their menus.

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