On Sunday afternoon, I walked into my kind of meat heaven: Taylor Boetticher’s new ~FATTED CALF~ storefront location in Hayes Valley. It’s all there, starting with a fantastic selection of local and heritage meats, plus salumi (finocchiona, mortadella, soppressata, pancetta, and more), hunger-inducing pâtés and terrines and rillettes and ciccioli, duck confit, sausages, and you can even purchase beautiful duck fat. There are also supplies from a variety of purveyors, like Andante cheeses, Della Fattoria bread, Rancho Gordo beans, St. Benoit yogurt, along with housemade pickles and sauerkraut. There are also prepared foods, like a meatloaf sandwich, a bollito misto (call first—it’s not there every day), a couple hot dog options, and a farro salad.
The former knitting shop has been transformed into an airy-feeling location, with a gleaming Berkel slicer, Heath tiles, lots of wood, and quite the aging room, with salumi and sides of beef and pig hanging in the window. The space was designed by Wylie Price, and is really striking and a bit industrial. The shop is just down the street from Blue Bottle Coffee’s kiosk on Linden, which makes for a wonderful one-two punch. Open daily 10am-8pm. No fear, the Fatted Calf stand will remain at the Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and at Napa’s Oxbow Market. 320 Fell St. at Gough, 415-400-5614.