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"Croatian" Market Revisited

jen maiser | Jul 2, 200308:15 PM

At the Picnic Planning Potluck on Sunday, Melanie mentioned that the pickles she brought were from the Food Warehouse on Polk. It had recently changed ownership, and I wasn't sure that they were sticking with the Croatian/Eastern European theme.

My first impression of the store a couple of weeks ago (a 30 second dash into the store to buy some toilet paper) was that it was very sterile compared to the old store ... very different from the crowded, almost dusty shelves that they used to have. I wasn't sure that I liked the new clean, bright look.

Today I went back for a couple more minutes, and to purchase something other than toilet paper (g). Some interesting changes have happened with the new ownership that I didn't pay attention to before.

There is certainly less stuff in the store, but I couldn't put my finger on exactly what had been removed. Until I read that Melanie said they had Acme bread last year. I don't remember seeing Acme bread today, and realized that the main emphasis now is on Eastern European foods and that they have removed almost everything else. No more random convenience store candies, I am pretty sure they got rid of the wine, and things like chips. (I did spy a couple of cans of El Pato tomato sauce which made me laugh).

The front case has lots of little bolognas and meats in it, and there is a new steam table area where the woman behind the counter said that they are going to have sandwiches and salads. There is an olive bar, and interestingly, clean bottles which you can fill up with different oils and vinegars. There are still the pickles, lots of different fish in a refrigerator case, and other fun goodies. One thing that I already want to go back and get is a beautiful jar of pickled mushrooms.

I bought a jar of pickles, taking a stab at trying to find the ones Melanie brought on Sunday. The ones I purchased are good, but not the memorable ones from the potluck. Going to return to try and find the one she mentions in the post below.

Not sure that the name has remained the same -- in fact, I thought I saw a new name in the window but my swiss cheese memory can't remember what the sign said ... I will post if I find out.

Overall, I think that the changes are good and will definitely return.

Food Warehouse (??)
1731 Polk Street (at Washington)
San Francisco

(BTW - the fact that Melanie's review was EXACTLY one year ago is merely a strange coincidence!)


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