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My first visit to Avedano’s market was in December of 07 when my friend Mimi and I sought them out for our second annual marrowbone holiday feast. When it comes to marrowbones, you see, we wanted the all the buzzwords that Avedano’s offers: organic, sustainable, grass-fed. After all, who wants to eat the marrow of an unhappy, stressed-out, mishandled creature? Not us.

It also helped that Avedano’s is a butcher shop owned by three women. And that they carry the coveted Soul Food eggs. Not to mention bags of wild arugula, cultured butter and icy-cold glass bottles of raw milk found in the cooler. Oh and little cups of Daily Scoop gelato, house-made baby food and tortellini in the freezer, too.

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We were not disappointed with our marrowbone experience, not at all. In fact, we’ve developed a little crush on Avedano’s over the many months since then.

Besides all the incredible meat and poultry, they have a wonderful array of wild and sustainably farmed fish, a small but outstanding selection of produce, pastas, and spices, olive oil in bulk, and local sweets and chocolates.




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One of the lady butchers, Tia Harrison, is also chef and co-owner of Sociale restaurant in SF, so many of their products are sourced through restaurant connections.

Avedano's also offers house-made cured-meats, sausages and sauces, and a daily take out menu of soup, sandwiches and prepared dinners. We cannot say enough about the curative effects of their Sunday carne asada and carnita tacos after just a little too much Saturday night wine tasting.

It’s amazing that they’ve managed to pack all of this into a small, neighborhood shop but that, too is part of the charm. If you’re planning a party, check out the knotty-pine and cow-mural lined party room for rent next door, complete with a fake fireplace mounted with a steer skull. Warning: This is a real, working butcher shop, so be prepared for the occasional glimpse of the whole animal (snout to tail, indeed.)

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Avedano's Holly Park Market is located in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. They celebrated their first anniversary last weekend. Pictured above are co-owner Angela Wilson, a selection of sausages and a sign from the interior of the shop.

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