Merguez, a spicy, delicious Tunisian sausage traditionally made from lamb and beef, has many fans. Depending on your wallet and your willingness to consume trafe, you have several excellent merguez options around the Bay Area.
A huge hound favorite is Fatted Calf. They sell merguez (and other charcuterie so good it would entitle the maker to knighthood in certain countries) at the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market and the Berkeley Farmer’s Market. Of course, merguez is traditionally halal, but the Fatted Calf version is full of tasty pork fat. You are warned. It costs about $9 per pound.
Fabrique Delices merguez, which is sold at farmers’ markets around the area (and often appears on the menu at restaurants such as Chez Maman and Couleur Café), is of top quality but dubious halal-ness. It costs $10 to $15 per pound.
Baron’s Meats offers a house-made, halal version, made entirely of lamb–even the casings. It costs about $5.99 per pound.
Finally, Salama Halal Butcher sells a bona fide halal merguez, made of a combination of beef and lamb, for $3.99 per pound. Gary Soup notes that it’s less spicy and less fatty than the Fatted Calf merguez, and not quite as tasty, but it’s reasonably priced and assuredly authentic, if you’re into that kind of thing.
Berkeley Farmers’ Market [East Bay]
Center St. and Martin Luther King, Berkeley
Fabrique Delices [Citywide]
Stands at 13 Bay Area Farmers’ Markets
Chez Maman [Potrero Hill]
1453 18th St., San Francisco
Couleur Cafe [Potrero Hill]
300 DeHaro St, at 9th St., San Francisco
Salama Halal Butcher
604 Geary St., San Francisco