Nestled among the vintage stores and tie-dye of the Upper Haight is a new food nerd-friendly destination with a unique culinary purpose: to let you taste all of the inventory.
Operating initially as an online wholesaler and broker of gourmet and specialty products, Buyer's Best Friend Wholesale and Mercantile has now expanded its scope by adding a brick-and-mortar retail component to its business in hopes of sharing the extensive product catalog with a wider audience. And should that audience become hungry as they peruse the shelves stocked with Jade Chocolates, imported truffle flour, Saucy Mama mustard, and Stumptown coffee, shop associate Adam would be more than happy to offer samples of almost everything in the store. In fact, his unabashed enthusiasm about giving out said samples is second only to the tasty tidbits themselves.
One day we sampled locally made nutty snacks from Oren's Kitchen, Petaluma-based O meyer lemon-infused olive oil, and Italian aged balsamic vinegar jam. We also spied loose leaf tea from Tahoe Teas, caramel sauce from Seattle's Hot Cakes, and Sucklebuster's Texas pepper sauce (one of Adam's favorites). With the shop's unparalleled access to so many specialty food producers, Adam assures us that its inventory will be constantly rotating so that BBF can expose its followers to as much of the good stuff as possible, a philosophy we love -- and also interpret as a means for more sampling.