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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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Berkeley CA restaurants
« Reply #45 on: January 23, 2012, 12:36:24 PM »
Any kosher places there or what's the closest nearby?

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Re: Berkeley CA restaurants
« Reply #46 on: January 23, 2012, 12:45:06 PM »
Closest place to Berkeley is Amba Falafel
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« Reply #47 on: January 23, 2012, 05:00:02 PM »
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Re: Berkeley CA restaurants
« Reply #48 on: January 24, 2012, 12:57:41 AM »
Oakland Kosher I believe is still around, only about a 10-15 min drive from Berkeley. It's a grocery store that has a lunch/dinner menu with some seating. Fleishig rest. Average priced, decent food. Mind you it's been 2-1/2 years since I've been in Berkeley, but I believe it's still open.

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Re: Berkeley CA restaurants
« Reply #49 on: January 24, 2012, 10:49:47 AM »
Oakland Kosher I believe is still around, only about a 10-15 min drive from Berkeley. It's a grocery store that has a lunch/dinner menu with some seating. Fleishig rest. Average priced, decent food. Mind you it's been 2-1/2 years since I've been in Berkeley, but I believe it's still open.
Yes, oakland kosher is still around. (they had a fire but they rebuilt)

Disclaimer: I haven't been there in about 10 months so my info might be outdated...
For some reason I was under the impression that they no longer have the seating/restaurant. They do have deli / takeout though. (even if they do still have  the seating, I wouldn't really call it a restaurant, more like deli / takeout with seating)

-in case anybody get's the wrong idea: I'm not discouraging anybody from going there, I like the place and the food and the owner is really nice. I'm just explaining why I didn't mention it answering a question about restaurants near Berkeley...

That being said if you're looking for flaishigs near Berkeley, Oakland Kosher is the definitely the closest place.

I believe both places are roughly the same distance from Berkeley.

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Re: Berkeley CA restaurants
« Reply #50 on: January 24, 2012, 04:40:17 PM »
Is Amba Cholov Yisroel?

I don't know about Amba specifically, (whYME maybe?) but in general be careful with milchig places in No. Cal as they are notorious for being non-cholov yisroel.

There is also Grand Bakery (not a restaurant just a bakery) right around the corner form Oakland Kosher. I believe they are kosher as well but not cholov yisroel. (Again my info is slightly dated.)

Just don't go to Sabra's in S.F. prob the worst fleishig restaurant I have ever been to in my life. (and I've been there prob three times  :P)

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Re: Berkeley CA restaurants
« Reply #51 on: January 24, 2012, 05:36:40 PM »
Is Amba Cholov Yisroel?
Yes. (unless something changed in the last few months)

There is also Grand Bakery (not a restaurant just a bakery) right around the corner form Oakland Kosher. I believe they are kosher as well but not cholov yisroel. (Again my info is slightly dated.)
Correct.
their dairy stuff is not cholov yisroel. (they do have parve things as well)

but in general be careful with milchig places in No. Cal as they are notorious for being non-cholov yisroel.
I'm not sure I agree with that.
Other than Grand Bakery what other kosher non-cholov-yisroel places are there in norCal? Just izzy's bagels sometimes. (it seems every time I've gone there they seem to have a different situation with what's Cholov Yisroel)
It's always a good idea to be careful when visiting a new place & double check that the info you have is correct & up to date...

Just don't go to Sabra's in S.F. prob the worst fleishig restaurant I have ever been to in my life. (and I've been there prob three times  :P)
Agreed.
(well kinda, the food's not terrible, the attitude is...)

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Re: Berkeley CA restaurants
« Reply #52 on: January 25, 2012, 09:58:29 AM »

(the food's not terrible, the attitude is...)


Israeli... :)

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Re: Berkeley CA restaurants
« Reply #53 on: January 25, 2012, 01:32:39 PM »
Israeli... :)

Oakland kosher is also Israeli... Night and day in terms of service and friendliness!

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #54 on: March 19, 2012, 04:21:01 AM »
I have a 8 hour layover in SFO.  I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what to do?  What is easiest way to get around without a car and what can I do in 6 hours assuming I need 2 hours to get back and checked in.  Thank you in advance. 

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #55 on: March 20, 2012, 01:05:29 AM »
No suggestions in SFO? There's got to be something better than hanging out at airport?

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Re: Re: SF Bay area
« Reply #56 on: March 20, 2012, 01:09:25 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.
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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #57 on: May 31, 2012, 10:06:06 PM »
At Fishermans wharf, must be in airport in 2.5hrs.
Can someone recommend a place for a quick meat sandwich?

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #58 on: May 31, 2012, 10:10:11 PM »
AFAIK, the only place thats kosher in SFO is Sabra Grill. Expensive and not very good food

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #59 on: May 31, 2012, 10:14:13 PM »
AFAIK, the only place thats kosher in SFO is Sabra Grill. Expensive and not very good food
Oh well. Is it neat fishermans wharf at least?
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