There was an article in the NYT Dining section from April 30th about Ridgewood Pork Store, "A Romanian Lets a Frenchman Into His Salami Shop." I checked it out yesterday, and on the way, I found another place... as I continued to walk, the meat just kept on coming!
The first place I happened across was Muncan Food Corp at 676 Seneca. I should say, I started at the Seneca Ave M stop. Muncan is a couple of blocks west, on the left side. Plenty of dry sausages hanging, salamis and other meats in the case. I picked up a dark brown liver sausage (with blood!) that looks like Irish black pudding to me, plus some bologna, and a hunk of pastrami. The pastrami got diced into my eggs this morning... very peppery. Mmmm!
Ridgewood Pork Store (from the article) was next, a couple more blocks west on the same side at number 516. The shop is smaller than Muncan, all the more homey looking for being so cramped. Plenty of variety here too, although I didn't notice the Frenchman's influence. Maybe I was just delerious from choice. I ended up with some sliced salami and "double smoked ham," a big, oblong, (as if a whole leg were pressed) salty, smoky treat. Oh, and a dry sausage to snack on as I walked. (Counterman: Dry sausage? You want with paprika, without, hot, sweet,....) Too many choices. I just pointed at a pretty one. Tasted good.
Doubling back one block to Menahan, I took a left and followed that street, hoping to run into Metropolitan Ave and a bus. Lucky for me my sense of direction is a little off, because I ended up at Fresh Pond Road, right by Karl Ehmer's. Its the only one left of what used to be a chain of German Butchers. Picked up some Frankfurters (not Weiners... they have them too. Google it yourself.) and fresh ham (the "other" roast beef).
Instead of going to the bus at Metropolitan Ave, I decided to follow Fresh Pond in the direction of where I thought the subway station should be. This is where things get blurry... coulda been the humidity, coulda been the porky garlicky fumes from my many bags, but I can't remember the store names, or exactly what I bought where. All I can say is there are at least 3 places in the short strech of Fresh Pond Rd between Metro and the M train with names smoething like Polish/European/Whatever Deli/Whatever/Grocery that I bought various Kielbasy in. By the time I got on the M train, it was rush hour and I was smelling plenty sausagy!
PS Bring cash, of all the stores, only Ehmer's takes plastic.