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Next weekend is the last for Fatted Calf at the Berkeley Farmers Market

lexdevil Dec 11, 2010 01:21 PM

A real bummer, but I'm not going to drive to San Francisco to do my shopping. Makes it an especially good thing that Boccalone has been coming to the Sunday Temescal market. I hope they keep it up.

Boccalone Factory - Not Open to Public
1924 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

Fatted Calf
320 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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    abstractpoet Dec 12, 2010 09:54 AM

    La Bedaine is also a good alternative for sausages, pates, and rillettes, though of course there's a somewhat smaller selection. But everything is very good and so much less expensive.

    La Bedaine
    1585 Solano Ave, Berkeley, CA 94706

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    1. re: abstractpoet
      lexdevil Dec 12, 2010 07:27 PM

      I need a bacon replacement. Fatted Calf is my go-to when I don't have bacon from the Clark Summit CSA. There's always the super spendy Black Pig bacon available at the Pasta Shop, but if I'm going to spend that much I'd rather fly in some Benton's. Sometimes local has to give way to tasty.

      1. re: lexdevil
        abstractpoet Dec 12, 2010 08:44 PM

        Have you had the bacon from Ver Brugge? It's pretty good and, if I recall correctly, not very expensive. Then again, I'm not picky about bacon--most of the time I find the regular Applewood bacon at Berkeley Bowl to be perfectly adequate. I thought the Fatted Calf stuff was great, but at the same time it didn't change my life.

        Berkeley Bowl
        2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

        Verbrugge Meat-Fish Poultry
        6321 College Ave, Oakland, CA

        1. re: lexdevil
          JasmineG Dec 12, 2010 10:48 PM

          Fatted Calf is my favorite bacon too. Last time I was out, I bought some bacon from Marin Sun Farms in Market Hall, and while not quite the same, it was a pretty good substitute.

          I'm totally sad about Fatted Calf leaving Berkeley -- they had a kind of ambiguous note about it in their most recent newsletter, and I contacted them to clarify, and was so sad when they said that they would be out for good. Sigh.

          Fatted Calf
          644-C First Street, Napa, CA 94559

          1. re: JasmineG
            Celery Dec 13, 2010 07:23 AM

            Bummer, I had hoped that ambiguous note meant "out for the rest of the year" not out for good. I don't always get to the SF market and while having the store is a lovely option, it's not convenient to this East Bay resident on any sort of regular basis.

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        donbonus Dec 12, 2010 06:45 AM

        The sandwiches at Fatted Calf in SF are not to be missed...agree on Cafe Rouge with some items. I definately prefer their Boudin Noir to FC, but find most things heavy on the salt.

        Cafe Rouge
        1782 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

        Fatted Calf
        644-C First Street, Napa, CA 94559

        1. majordanby Dec 11, 2010 08:19 PM

          anyone know why they are pulling out?

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          1. re: majordanby
            lexdevil Dec 11, 2010 11:20 PM

            The guy at the stand indicated that they're too busy with the new store and business in the West Bay.

            1. re: majordanby
              Robert Lauriston Dec 12, 2010 09:40 AM

              They have a store in Napa and another in SF. That's a lot.

            2. Morton the Mousse Dec 11, 2010 06:34 PM

              Definitely a bummer but on the plus side I think Cafe Rouge's quality has improved drastically since a year or two ago. Their duck liver mousse is, to my taste, better than FC. I'll miss FC, but am glad to have an excellent alternative close by which is open 6 days a week.

              Cafe Rouge
              1782 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

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              1. re: Morton the Mousse
                wally Dec 11, 2010 10:01 PM

                Like that butter, huh?

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