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JoyM 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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    boris_qd Nov 1, 2011 08:25 PM

    Did you check bi-rite?

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    1. re: boris_qd
      Mission Jan 3, 2012 09:44 PM

      Homel cure 81

    2. JoyM Nov 1, 2011 08:22 PM

      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.

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

      1. rworange Nov 1, 2011 07:08 PM

        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. Robert Lauriston Nov 1, 2011 05:19 PM

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

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            ML8000 Nov 1, 2011 05:23 PM

            Costco has a Niman/Kirkland co-branded ham.

          2. wolfe Nov 1, 2011 05:02 PM

            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.

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            Fatted Calf
            320 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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              Joan Kureczka Nov 1, 2011 04:49 PM

              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
                JoyM Jan 3, 2012 11:16 AM

                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!

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