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Gourmet Chicharrones

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damian Jan 18, 2012 11:22 AM

The 4505 chicharrones (http://www.4505meats.com/chicharrones... ) are without a doubt the tastiest I've ever eaten, except for one problem: my extremely sensitive palate can't handle the spice (I know, it's pretty mild as far as spices are concerned, but it's still too much for me).

Can anyone recommend a good gourmet alternative in the East Bay (I live in Berkeley)? I know I can find chicharrones at Mexican markets, but I'm looking for light, fluffy ones from high-quality, pasture-raised pigs. Marin Sun Farms used to make them but no longer does. The Local Butcher in Berkeley makes them, but they're hard—like pita chips—which I don't like. Any suggestions?

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: damian Jan 18, 2012 12:29 PM

    I've never had chicharrones similar to Ryan Farr's made by anyone else. He spent a lot of time perfecting his recipe and keeps certain aspects secret. You might ask him to make a custom chile-free batch. meats@4505meats.com

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      damian RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 18, 2012 12:31 PM

      Already emailed Ryan. Great minds think alike :)

    2. The Dive RE: damian Jan 18, 2012 03:04 PM

      Not quite within the area, but I think i remember that the chicharrones at el Salchichero in Santa Cruz are not quite as spicy as 4505 -- they might ship? Also, like the crazy beef ones at Plum Bar -- not spicy if you don't dip in the hot sauce. Although very salty.

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        damian RE: The Dive Jan 18, 2012 03:07 PM

        Thanks! I'll look them up.

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          damian RE: The Dive Jan 18, 2012 04:12 PM

          El Salchichero said they don't ship currently, but they're creating an online store, and once they do, they'll ship.

          As for Plum Bar, I'm tempted, but I don't like super-salty, so I think I'll pass.

          Thanks again for your help.

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          theFuj46 RE: damian Jan 18, 2012 05:10 PM

          Sorry, its a little off topic, but if I were to go to the Ferry Building on saturday around 10, would it be a problem to get these chicharrones? The web site has an option to pre order a bag, but I don't know what time I'll wake up. Would it be safe to just assume they would be available or do these things sell out quick?

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            rubadubgdub RE: theFuj46 Jan 18, 2012 05:19 PM

            If you mean 4505 you should be able to get them there without rushing. Other places that usually carry them: Bloodhound, Fatted Calf in SF; Acme Bar, Pasta Shop in Berkeley/Oakland.

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              theFuj46 RE: rubadubgdub Jan 18, 2012 05:26 PM

              good to know, thanks.

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                Atomica RE: theFuj46 Jan 18, 2012 06:42 PM

                Bi-Rite in SF; Avedano's in SF as well. I am addicted.

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                Robert Lauriston RE: rubadubgdub Jan 19, 2012 09:12 AM

                Commonwealth Pub in Oakland.

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