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Apr 18, 2014 10:19 AM

SOS Chefs - Recommendations? Favorites? Must Try Items?

Was wondering what you feel are particular standouts I shouldn't miss on my next visit?

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    1. Not a chance. :)

      The question was intentionally open so as to not narrow or limit the responses.

      There have been dozens of sprawling threads devoted to nothing more specific than people's favorites at places like Fairway, Trader Joe's, Kaluystyan's, and Penzey's.

      My intention was to gain just as broad a survey of chowhounder's favorite things from SOS.

      So all responses including items procured here that were particularly noteworthy will be "good responses". :)

        1. re: Elisa515

          Specialty foods store on Avenue B. Well-known and loved amongst chefs for their stock of rare mushrooms, hard-to-find-spices, oils, etc., etc. Lots of molecular gastronomy ingredients, too.

          1. re: loratliff

            Exactly. My apologies if it wasn't clear from the title. I only just realized that to anyone unfamiliar with the place it may have just sounded like "Help Chefs - Give me recommendations, full stop". :)

            It's also confusing matters since my first reply above was to someone that most likely made that exact mistake, and apparently deleted their comment after I responded to them. :|

            For those curious here's their website:

            In any case, I'm actually not looking for anything specific which is why I was hoping to hear from some folks that have frequented this wonder emporium.

            Given their insane selection of gourmet goods, the next time I DO head over for a particular hard to find item, it would be fun to come armed with a few other recommendations to bring home at the same time.

            Open to anything unique and interesting really. For example I've heard they make their own in house Juniper Vineger that I'm excited to try.

    2. Such a broad question... What are you looking for? I typically don't shop there unless I'm looking for something in particular.

      1. Morel mushrooms, when jn season, for one.

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        1. re: kathryn

          Union Market on E. Houston has beautiful fresh morels right now. They're $49.99 per pound but they looked great. Not sure what SOS sells them for.

        2. I bought a really flavorful truffle salt there a while back, don't remember the name- i put it on everything and used it pretty quickly!

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          1. re: Ttrockwood

            Thanks Ttrockwood, will definitely ask about the Truffle Salt when I visit. This is exactly the kind of tip I was hoping to hear about.

            In particular I'm excited to hear about anything distinctive they offer which isn't easily available elsewhere for less.

          2. Cinnamon water! goes great in bourbon cocktails.

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            1. re: coasts

              I've been curious about this as I'd never heard of "Distilled Cinnamon Water" before learning that SOS makes this. ($20 for 8 oz)

              What does it bring to the party that cinnamon essential oil and/or cinnamon extract can't achieve for less?