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Dec 28, 2010 03:22 PM

Persian Groceries in San Francisco

I have been forced to order online for many of Sadaf products through the website They are based out of LA and delivery is prompt by UPS. I cook mainly Armenian/Persian foods and have yet to find a Persian market in San Francisco over the past 6 years. I have tried the UN Market but find their stock somewhat limited. Alborz the restaurant on Sutter used to have a retail market for ingredients but that has been closed for sometime. I also can't find Tilda rice in large 10 lb bags since I prefer to buy basmati in paper/plastic type bags and not burlap. I used to travel to Hatam in San Rafael and still go to Zand in Albany which does have many Persian food stocks including frozen chopped herbs for GhormeSabzi which I like better than the dry Sadaf product. I am sure Sadaf online has the plums you were looking for. Their website lists all the products in the Sadaf line. If any one knows where I can buy Persian items closer than Albany I would love to hear of the store especially a place to buy basmati not in burlap. Thank you

1245 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

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  1. Royal Market has a huge selection of Sadaf-brand items, the biggest I've seen. They also have a variety of rice in cloth bags, though I didn't pay enough attention to say what kind it was.

    Royal Market & Bakery
    5335 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Thank you Robert. I will plan a visit to Royal Market next week.

    2. The Parkside Farmers Market, a grocery and produce market on Taraval near 16th Ave. carries Sadaf products as well as lots of other Middle Eastern and Mediterranean ingredients. They also have a great assortment of beautiful produce. Also, in Millbrae, Dean's Produce at 451 Broadway carries a very large group of Sadaf products -- this store is even larger than Parkside and has all sorts of beautiful (and well-priced) produce, cheese, sausages, Russian dumplings, olives, etc., etc. One of my favorite stores.

      Parkside Cafe
      43 Arenal Ave, Stinson Beach, CA 94970

      Dean's Produce
      451 Broadway, Millbrae, CA

      1. Not sure if you are still looking, but when I lived in the area (last year), there were two Persian markets in Concord just off of Monument at Oak Grove. Super Tehran and International Market are both in the same small strip. I used to love the fresh flatbread (with spices).

        I found this post because I'm looking for something similar here in NYC, no luck so far.

        Super Tehran
        1112 Meadow Ln, Concord, CA

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        1. re: WCchopper

          Closer to SF than Concord are Middle East Market in Berkeley, Zand in Albany, and Pirooz and Family Market in San Mateo.

          Zand Market
          1401 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706

        2. There's also Kasra Market in Walnut Creek, 120 C Newell Ave at San Miguel Shopping Center near the Kabob House.

          Their selection is much larger than Zand's and includes frozen and refrigerated food - some produce too.

          Call them & see if they have what you want.

          Kabob House
          1250 Newell Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94596