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Sep 22, 2011 12:56 PM

I need Tasso

My recipe for Jambalaya calls for Tasso & Andouille Sausage. My local Luckys butcher "never heard of Andouille" so I dare not even ask about Tasso. Has anyone been able to find it in the Bay Area or must I order online?

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  1. I've gotten it here in the past. You can call but I would be surprised if they don't carry it.

    Taylor's Sausage
    907 Washington St
    (between 9th St & 10th St)
    Oakland, CA 94607
    Neighborhood: Old Oakland

    Taylor's Sausage
    907 Washington St, Oakland, CA 94607

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    1. re: Calvinist

      I just called them and they no longer carry it! Thanks for the quick response! ♥♥

    2. The Bruce Aidells Farmer's Market stand at the Marin Farmers Mkt (and probably others) usually has tasso if you ask. Also, I think their andouille sticks (not the packaged links) are pretty good. I've not seen either of these items in stores.

      1. Try contacting the Fatted Calf store in SF. I'm *pretty* sure I saw some there the last time I was in. Marin Sun is another good idea (as noted above). You might try calling their Rockridge store to see--I don't remember it being there when I was in, but I wasn't really looking in the part of the case where I would expect to find it. A long shot option would be Star Meats (located in Star Grocery) in Berkeley's Claremont neighborhood. A possibly even longer shot is the recently opened Local Butcher Shop* in the Gourmet Ghetto--I haven't yet been in, so I have no idea if this is the sort of thing they prepare and/or sell.

        *Entry doesn't yet exist in Chow's Places database -- http://thelocalbutchershop.com/

        Star Meats
        3068 Claremont Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705

        Fatted Calf
        320 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

        Marin Sun Farms Butcher Shop
        Rockridge Market Hall, Oakland, CA 94618

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        1. re: hohokam

          Best to simply call Fatted Calf. Even if they don't have it one day, they might make some the following week. They probably make 2 dozen types of sausage but only sell about 5 types on any given day.

          I let the San Francisco store know I was looking for Cassoulet ingredients, and sure enough the next week I was able to get the particular garlic sausage that is called for.

          Fatted Calf
          320 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

          1. re: SteveG

            Right. I was just thinking of this as a check-down list. Fatted Calf seems like the most likely source for tasso, and they nearly always have andouille on hand (I assume because of its longer shelf life). If they don't have those on hand and don't plan to make any soon, then the OP could check the other places.

            At the risk of further exasperating everyone, I'll also throw the Cafe Rouge meat counter into the mix. I would probably put them in the 3rd slot, after Marin Sun but before Star Meats, on my list.

            Cafe Rouge
            1782 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

            1. re: hohokam

              Thank you all for your suggestions! Since I had planned Jambalaya for dinner last night, I used a slab of ham and Louisiana hot links. It turned out great, but NEXT time I would like to make it more authentic and use Tasso and Andouille. I certainly have enough leads to do some hunting and will repost if and when I find these ingredients!

        2. Golden Gate Meats at the Ferry Building has it -- they make their own.

          Golden Gate Meat
          Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

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          1. re: Joan Kureczka

            ^Oh yeah. Duh. Can't believe I forgot about them.

          2. Searching my e-mail archive, tasso is mentioned regularly in the 18 Reasons newsletter, so you might call Bi-Rite in SF.

            Fatted Calf's andouille is great. I've bought big packages of Aidell's andouille from Costco.

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