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Nov 1, 2011 04:28 PM


I'm having a hard time finding really good ham in San Francisco. I just want regular, ordinary ham, nothing fancy like prosciutto, but something that's not Boar's Head. When I lived in San Mateo, I used to buy ham at Trag's that they made themselves, which was great and pretty cheap (although the rest of their cold cuts are awful). The supermarkets (even Whole Paycheck) all sell packaged crap, but even the fancy grocery stores I've been to (Canyon Market, Good Life) don't seem to sell anything that's not just bland and slimy. Even Lucca's doesn't have anything good. I want some real, chewy, hardy, tasty ham. Where to go? Especially looking for a source in the Mission, Bernal, Glen Park, Noe area.

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  1. I am quite partial to the Framani Little Ham. Whole Foods does sell this, sliced to order from the deli case -- not packaged. IMO, it's the best ham I've had short of baking and slicing your own.

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    1. re: Joan Kureczka

      I finally tried the Framani smoked ham and OMG is it good. I gobbled down more than a pound in a few days. It's definitely one of the best hams I've ever tasted. Thanks!

    2. Fatted Calf picnic.
      Picnic Hams
      brined and smoked shoulder hams 1-2 pounds each
      Made with pasture raised pork, organic evaporated cane juice, sea salt, spices and curing salt.

      Fatted Calf
      320 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

      1. Niman ham is very good in the classic American style. I've seen it at Trader Joe's.

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Costco has a Niman/Kirkland co-branded ham.

        2. Honey Baked

          Also check out the Eastern European markets on Geary. Seakor Polish Deli makes its own cold cuts and cures their own ham.

          I don't know about TJ getting rejected. I bought the black forest ham today because it had nothing bad in it and it was quite good.

          Trader Joe's uncured black forest ham ingredients: pork, water, vinegar, Kosher salt (ironic), turbinado sugar,molasses, celery powder, spice extractives. $3,49 for 8 oz

          1. Thanks, all. I think Fatted Calf is what I'm looking for. I think I'll try Framani also, and Seakor Deli if I'm over that way.

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