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Feb 3, 2014 05:54 PM

White-Anchovies-Boquerones-Vinegar-Packed Locally?

Anyone know where I can find something like this closer to Palo Alto?

I bought something like this at the Ferry Building on Saturday - they were delicious while they lasted - I should have bought more....

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  1. Where did you buy them in the Ferry Building? I love those things!

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    1. re: sfchris

      I'm not telling unless you promise to bring some to the southbay :)

      At the San Francisco Fish Company - absolutely addicting

    2. Try whole foods. I've bought them there in Sacramento

      1. I'd be surprised if you couldn't buy them at Whole Foods as Maryelle suggests or Draeger's. You might call Rock of Gibraltar in Menlo Park too.

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        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I just wonder if the ones at WF are locally packed like takuhead wants. I too have bought Boquerones at Whole Foods. I remember them being incredibly expensive and packed with only something like 5 or 6 anchovies in a round plastic container. But they were very tasty.

          I have also seen a very much cheaper white rectangular packages with see through plastic on top with a lot of anchovies for only $8 in various groceries, but they were just no good.

          1. re: sfchris

            I parsed the subject line a bit differently, i.e., vinegar-packed anchovies available for sale locally. Still, I had to think about it a bit and came down on the other interpretation, different than you did.

            Here's what local anchovies look like, can't see the flesh here but it doesn't bleach as white,

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              The local anchovies in the photo above were served to me in 2006. I asked the chef if he cured them himself. He did not. He said that the local anchovies were supplied prepped and marinated by his fish distributor. At this point, I don't recall the name . . . Pacific something, perhaps.

            2. re: sfchris

              I am hoping to find some locally to buy - they don't have to be from local catch....the ones I had were imported from Italy - of course locally caught would be even better - I did check whole foods in Los Altos and no go...
              they used to carry them - I asked but the company changed their ingredients so Whole Foods dropped them as an item...the fishmonger there thought that Nob Hill might have them...I'm off to hunt today - maybe Milk Pail? Or Draegers?
              I'll give the place in Menlo Park that another poster recommended to see if they have them...I'll report back

          2. You could probably get any fancy cheese shop or the like to order them for you.

            The ones you got were locally produced? I've never seen any that were not imported.

            1. Bought them at Whole Foods, though not in the Palo Alto area. I'd expect them at any Whole Foods store.