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Summary of kosher food options in the bay area:

Restaurants:
(all under hashgacha of the Sunrise Kosher / Vaad Hakashrus of Northern California unless otherwise stated)

San Francisco
Sabra Grill (Chinatown)
L'chaim Foods (not a restaurant, take out / delivery only) currently "Under Orthodox Certification of Rabbi Joel Landau."
Frena Bakery (formerly Taboon)

East Bay
Amba Falafel (Oakland) (Fleishig as of 4/28/14). Pas Yisroel available by request CLOSED
Oakland Kosher (Oakland) Fleishigs. Check for certs on www.restaurant.com.
Cafe 3 at UC Berkeley

South Bay
Izzy's Bagels (Palo Alto) Pas Yisroel. Some Items Cholov Yisroel, Check the kashrus certificate, Open on Shabbos
Jerusalem Grill (Palo Alto area)  not Kosher, no Kashrus certification, not Jewish owned (as of Nov.22, 2015)
Pars Kosher Market in San Jose, certified by the Vaad, now has a small eat in section (4 tables, first come first serve) with a short meat menu and ready made hot food. Also lots of kosher groceries.




Groceries (etc):

San Francisco
CHOUX Bakery - French cream puffs (Haight-Ashbury) Pas yisroel, cholov yisroel. No longer certified kosher / open on Shabbos.

East Bay
Oakland Kosher.
Grand Bakery (Oakland) Pas Yisroel, Dairy items are NOT cholov yisroel. Closing 12/23/16
Berkeley Bowl (Berkeley) has some kosher items.
Costco (Definitely the one in Richmond. I believe this applies to others in the Bay Area, but this is what I know firsthand.) has cholov yisroel cheese and Jack's sausages. (As of August 2014)

South Bay
I believe Mollie Stone's in Palo Alto has a big Kosher selection. there are probably other options there as well.

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2010, 09:14:06 AM »

An alternative to Sabra is the SF New York deli. the food and service are both great.

 I heard this place Closed Up(SF NY Deli) can anyone confirm that Unfortunately it should have been Sabra that bit the dust

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #16 on: August 19, 2010, 03:21:07 PM »
priceline was being a bit annoying and didnt agree to my bid, so i'll have to try again tomorrow. Also, i'm going to pay $400 for a one way rental from SF to LAX from monday to the following tuesday (w/ chabad enterprise corp). Is there anything else you would recommend?

I'm sure dans on it if you pmed him but couple of basic steps you may or may not know - i didnt price your res

Rent from rental off airport - there are a few near the airport - and the airport rental there is all the way out at the end of the airtrain anyway...(just you might have to take a cab to the rental place off airport.  Rent for whatever time youll be in san fran.  THen return when ready to drive south - and rent from sfo to lax, (enterprise only does 1 ways airport to airport in the same state with few exceptions).  one ways are mor expensive per day generally than return to same location, and airpot s genereally more than off airport.)

Also, be aware, If you do priceline, particularly if youre looking in the fishermans wharf area - but elsewhere in urban san fran as well, it is not a car friendly city - parkingwise - none on the streets, and the hotels, including the cheap ones like holiday inn, will run you as much as 40-45 a night.

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2010, 10:02:33 PM »
I heard this place Closed Up(SF NY Deli) can anyone confirm that Unfortunately it should have been Sabra that bit the dust
Yes, unfortunately it did close...

There are a couple of new(ish) places though, there's "The Kitchen Table" in the Palo Alto area (I think it's in Mountain View) that somebody already mentioned. Also there's a new place in Oakland called "Amba Falafel" (I think)
I haven't eaten at either one (yet) but I'm pretty sure I've heard good things about both...

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2010, 10:09:44 PM »
hi!

we are looking in to travel to california mid jan, was wondering what is the weather like in the area of the 17 mile drive, i've been to palm desert 4 times in the last 6 years but i'am sure the weather is colder on the coast so i was wondering if anyone can help me out

alos is it to long to be in the 17 mile drive area for 5 days?

thanks in advance
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san francisco in january
« Reply #19 on: December 16, 2010, 02:06:32 PM »
for 3 days. where should we stay? eat? what should we do?

we have 22,000 starwood points, is it worth spending them on a hotel, like Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel/

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #20 on: December 19, 2010, 04:03:01 PM »
4.5 hour layover in SFO tonight.
Any kosher restaurants worth hitting up that are accessible via public transport?
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #21 on: December 19, 2010, 10:56:00 PM »
4.5 hour layover in SFO tonight.
Any kosher restaurants worth hitting up that are accessible via public transport?
I assume it's too late for tonight, but anyhow:
The simple answer is no.
-Unless you're really desperate and have a lot of time, nothing is close to SFO.

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #22 on: December 19, 2010, 11:00:23 PM »
I assume it's too late for tonight, but anyhow:
The simple answer is no.
-Unless you're really desperate and have a lot of time, nothing is close to SFO.
Still on the plane.
Was kind've hoping for some restaurant but we'll survive, we have plenty of food with us.
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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #23 on: December 19, 2010, 11:18:52 PM »
It's not like there's nothing worth going to at all, It's just that the places worth going to are a bit far (at least by public transit) from SFO.
for example, The Kitchen Table in Mountain View, I hear it's supposed to be pretty good, but (according to Google maps) it's almost 1 1/2 hours each way by public transit. (1/2 hour by car)
Similar thing with Amba Falafel in Oakland. The menu is pretty limited but it's a decent place to grab a quick bite. (if you're not an hour and a half away)
The closest to SFO is Sabra, ("only" 55 minutes) but the food is nothing special and the service is terrible, the owner has a real nasty attitude.

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #24 on: March 06, 2011, 10:47:37 AM »
And if u make it to San Jose, there are so many high-tech places too see.

Among them are: Apple, Ebay, Facebook, Google, HP and Yahoo!

P.S. in SJ there is also a not-to-miss, Winchester Mystrery House - really cool!
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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #25 on: May 13, 2011, 06:59:30 AM »
gotta do Alcatraz take the audio tour, take the trolley across the city, of course rent bikes to cross the gg bridge ,check out lombard street in genaral its just a nice city.
Possible to do that all in 13 hours, 7:15am-8:15pm including getting to/from SFO?
If not, what would you cut out? Either way, what's the best order to do it in?

Anything else that is more of a must see/do? Not food.

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #26 on: May 13, 2011, 07:30:56 AM »
Possible to do that all in 13 hours, 7:15am-8:15pm including getting to/from SFO?
If not, what would you cut out? Either way, what's the best order to do it in?

Anything else that is more of a must see/do? Not food.

I was just in San Francisco, and we spent quite a few hours at pier 39, so much entertainment and fun there. If u would like to do Alcatraz, make sure to get tickets on their website like a week before u plan to go, being that they sell out very quickly - i learnt that the hard way :( - You will want to spend a few hours on Alcatraz (it is SF's top attraction). Also prepare to be stuck in heavy traffic at times, so don't overstuff ur day, maybe do Alcatraz, Pier 39, Lombard St. & The GG Bridge.

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #27 on: May 13, 2011, 08:12:31 AM »
We were just in San Fran...the only kosher food in san francisco proper is sabra grill, and it might have been the worst restaurant ever, and to add insult to injury it was super expensive...for example - a hamburger was $25, yeah, and it sucked

The Kitchen Table, in Mountain view is pretty nice, and it's about 45 mins outside of san fran...if you're in san fran long enough, I suggest taking a drive down the coast to monteray and carmel, it's a beautiful drive, and monteray is very nice, and they have an excellent aquarium...and you can hit up kitchen table on the way back (thats what we did)

If you're into nature, try muir woods (the redwood forest north of the gg bridge), and definitely try land's end (western part of san fran) which was really nice, despite the terrible weather we had

also if you want a good laugh, hit up haight-ashbury - the birth of the hippie movement...you can spend a whole day there people watching


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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #28 on: May 13, 2011, 10:05:53 AM »
We were just in San Fran...the only kosher food in san francisco proper is sabra grill, and it might have been the worst restaurant ever, and to add insult to injury it was super expensive...for example - a hamburger was $25, yeah, and it sucked.

The Kitchen Table, in Mountain view is pretty nice, and it's about 45 mins outside of san fran...if you're in san fran long enough, I suggest taking a drive down the coast to monteray and carmel, it's a beautiful drive, and monteray is very nice, and they have an excellent aquarium...and you can hit up kitchen table on the way back (thats what we did).

There is a restaurant in Oakland called "Amba Falafel" which is really good, but nothing fancy. And if u are going to Kitchen Table make sure to call before, as they are closed certain hours.

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #29 on: June 02, 2011, 10:23:26 PM »
Looking to book the Alcatraz tour.
Any difference where I book it?
Seems like its $36. Any way to get a better price/discount?