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Mar 13, 2013 02:50 PM

Haig's Delicatessen [San Francisco]

The old Clement Street outpost for spices, hummus, etc. will be shuttered on March 31 after 50+ years. Shelves are being decimated quickly with a 50% reduction storewide, so if you want a souvenir best hustle down there.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Melanie, sorry I didn't see that you had posted on this woeful topic. I got the Middle Eastern turnip pickles that are tinted with beets, some rose water, orange water, some looseleaf tea from India with colonial packaging, some big caperberries from Italy, some dried galanga (sp?) for Thai cooking, haloumi cheese, a large can of foul mamoudas and some palm sugar.
      The licorice was nearly gone. The only rice I saw was parboiled. What I really want is the sign that says "Sultan's Gift Table"

      1. re: saffrongold

        Nice haul! The sad thing is that I had a renewed appreciation of the place, kind of seeing it with new eyes.

        You should make an offer on the sign . . . send in a sealed bid . . . bet you get it!

    2. So sorry to hear that. I went to Haig's back when I lived in the city in the 60s and 70s and always thought it was a treasure. Haven't been very often since.

      1. I went on Friday afternoon and they were all locked up.

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        1. re: heidipie

          They were around on Saturday, the 23rd.

        2. Anyone know if they'll still be making/selling hummus, baba ganoush, et. al. in area food shops?

          The hummus is far and away the best commercial hummus around (baba ganoush also very good, but baba ganoush is easier to get right).

          Hoping it'll be like Cafe Fanny's granola: sad that the store is shuttered, but some of the beloved products live on.

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          1. re: sundeck sue

            Yes, as I mentioned in my first post about this, the wholesale operation continues.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Wondering how I missed that, since I read your first post, w/ a self-interested eye to the wholesale story.

              Then realized the info about the wholesale operation wasn't in the body of your post, but in the Richmond SF blog, to which you provided a link.

              Belated thanks for the info. And a great relief to those of us for whom Sabra, Tribe et. al. don't hit the mark.