When you have a deep need for a solid hit of roe, but don’t require the delicate aesthetic heights of fine caviar, dip into some Greek cod roe–it’s cheap and tasty in the best way, says Robert Lauriston, at about $4 for an 8-ounce jar. Try Hellenic American Imports in San Francisco or Greek Imports in Daly City.
Salmon roe is also excellent–European market sells it by the half-pint and full pint for between $12 and $20 a pound, with price depending on the degree of intactness of the eggs. And 99 Ranch Market in Richmond usually carries bulk salmon eggs, tobiko, and other roe.
Hellenic American Imports [Mission]
2365 Mission St., between 19th and 20th Sts., San Francisco
European Market [Richmond]
3038 Clement Street, at 35th Street, San Francisco
99 Ranch Market [East Bay]
3288 Pierce St., in Pacific East Mall, Richmond