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Dec 8, 2010 08:12 AM

Best Holiday Ham, Oakland/berkeley

Need to pick up an already prepared Holiday Ham by Sat 11th Dec. Options seem to be Honey Baked Ham store - not ideal, Trader Joe's or the like. What I really want is something more artisan - too late to order on-line - all suggestions welcome

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  1. Thin sliced and served over melon. persimmons etc, Costco Prosciutto or Spanish Table Jamon Iberico.

    Spanish Table
    800 Redwood Hwy 123, Mill Valley, CA

    1. Around holiday time, Cafe Rouge has in the past had half and whole Niman hams, which of that traditional American type of ham are the best I've had. Trader Joe's has had it, too, though maybe smaller chunks rather than half and whole.

      Cafe Rouge
      1782 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Yeah, I've had that Niman ham from Berkeley Bowl. I have only seen thick slices in the take-out section and at the end of the frozen section that's just across from the butcher shoo. I use it to make scalloped potatoes. Moist and tastey even though it's pricey - around $10 for one slice. It's pretty large thought, and about a half inch thick.

        Berkeley Bowl
        2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

      2. A couple years ago we called Preferred Meats in Oakland and picked up a Duroc (heritage breed) ham there. Mostly a wholesaler, at the time it also sold to individuals. Looking at the website, it now carries Beeler's Duroc ham in a variety of sizes. This is a different producer than the one we got that wasn't entirely satisfactory. Beeler's has a good rep.

        Preferred Meats
        700 Julie Ann Way, Oakland, CA

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          The Beeler's Duroc is beyond excellent.

          1. re: mamachef

            Thanks for the word. I believe Whole Foods has stocked Beeler's in the past. Where did you buy yours?

            I was grocery shopping in Salinas today and saw Beeler's boneless half hams ($6.49 per lb.) at Star Market. Outside the Bay Area, but I mention it because they shouldn't be hard to find if they're readily available here.

          2. re: Melanie Wong

            Melanie: Is it still possible to pick up stuff from their place in Oakland or do you have to order on-line. Don't see any info about actually going to their store.

            1. re: oakjoan

              Don't know. Have you tried calling?

              1. re: oakjoan

                They have rebranded retail as "Atmytable." From their email list, I have the strong impression that they are now shipping-only to retail customers, but I have not ordered since the switch, as the offerings seem more limited- for example I had regularly ordered beef cheeks and pork shoulder for pickup, but they are not offered on atmytable.


            2. Today at Costco I saw Niman Ranch spiral cut hams for $3.89/lb. Natural, no hormones, antibiotics, etc. Not sure if it's great but it's cheap.

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              1. re: ML8000

                Did you see any unpre-sliced half hams? That's what I'm looking for and am loathed to go the Safewayt route.

                1. re: Sarah

                  I'm pretty sure it was only the pre-sliced but I'm not positive. The packages I saw were smallish, i.e., 1/4 hams, which suggest only pre-sliced and not full or halves.

                  1. re: ML8000

                    Thanks for saving me a trip! And the rest of it.