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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
Touro Kitchen in Vallejo, CA - http://dining.tu.edu/menu.html

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/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #600 on: May 09, 2018, 04:05:21 PM »
Gotcha, see it on their site now.

http://dining.tu.edu/kosher.html and http://dining.tu.edu/menu.html has menu and hours.

nice menu. Thinking of visiting SF area this summer. This place does not have dinner hours?

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #601 on: May 10, 2018, 12:32:15 PM »
It's just open for lunch. AFAIK.

It's great food in a region with nothing good kosher. I had 2 types of corned beef sandwich and they were awesome. Had the butternut squash soup. You can just go in, buy lunch and dinner and even lunch for next day.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #602 on: May 10, 2018, 12:45:56 PM »
I haven't had food from them in a number of years. I guess it's gotten a lot better since then.
(not that it was bad, but I wouldn't have called it "frikking awesome.")

Depends, I didn't have the hot foods. I had butternut squash soup which was good.

But I had 2 types of corned beef sandwich and they were awesome. Ate one in sfo at aa lounge with free languinitas beer. Both were effing awesome.

I also had a chicken salad but it's a chicken salad, they don't become amazing and you have to try really hard to screw it up.

The island is beautiful, smells incredible. Would I drive there just for food ? I dunno. But if you are visiting Napa or Sonoma its the only kosher option and one of best Bay Area options.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #603 on: May 10, 2018, 11:12:46 PM »
The island is beautiful, smells incredible. Would I drive there just for food ? I dunno. But if you are visiting Napa or Sonoma its the only kosher option and one of best Bay Area options.

You have the Budweiser and Jelly Belly tour about 10-15 minute drive away in Fairfield.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #604 on: May 16, 2018, 07:28:28 PM »
Will be spending Sunday and Monday in the San Francisco area with my wife over memorial day weekend. We are landing around 1030am on Sunday and have a 1045pm flight home on Monday. Currently booked at the Ritz. Anyone have any feedback on the hotel? Suggestions for a better hotel using points? Where can I daven with a Minyan? Is it worth it to rent a car or rather use uber/public transportation? Parking at the hotel is 65 a night and it seems almost all hotels have crazy parking prices.
We will be doing Alcatraz on Monday at 11am so I have a whole Sunday and the rest of Monday open. any suggestions what to do?
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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #605 on: May 17, 2018, 09:48:01 AM »
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If staying relatively local in SF, no need for car. Public Transportation is good and Uber/Lyft is cheap.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #606 on: May 17, 2018, 10:20:14 AM »
Thanks. Will do that.
Any ideas what to do local besides Alcatraz which I am doing...

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #607 on: May 17, 2018, 11:05:01 AM »
Fisherman's Wharf, walk/bike Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, SF Giants game. Muir Woods (great hiking/redwoods) is a bit further (though there are shuttle buses from locations just outside SF).

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #608 on: May 17, 2018, 01:59:43 PM »
Are there any daily mincha/maariv minyanim in San Francisco?

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #609 on: May 17, 2018, 02:23:40 PM »
The Cable Car Museum was fun. I love the Golden Gate Bridge. 

I liked the Asian Art Museum., but it was free when I went. I'm not sure it's worth the admission price if you have to pay. The contemporary Jewish museum was odd.

Keep in mind that if you walk places, the hills are exceptionally steep.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #610 on: May 18, 2018, 01:00:16 AM »
Are there any daily mincha/maariv minyanim in San Francisco?

When we were there a few years ago, there was only 1. I believe it was http://godaven.com/detail.asp?Id=7634, but things change there, so definitely call to verify. There's also the mincha cable car minyan, but that won't help you for maariv.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #611 on: May 18, 2018, 06:51:16 AM »
Well, the number I found for Torah Emet is disconnect - so anyone who has current information, please share. Thnx

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #612 on: May 18, 2018, 08:47:57 AM »
Well, the number I found for Torah Emet is disconnect - so anyone who has current information, please share. Thnx
These all have daily shachris minyanim
http://godaven.com/detail.asp?Id=17088&Name=san%20francisco
http://godaven.com/detail.asp?Id=818&Name=san%20francisco
http://godaven.com/detail.asp?Id=1009&Name=san%20francisco
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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #613 on: May 18, 2018, 09:48:15 AM »
Legion of honor museum is great!

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #614 on: May 18, 2018, 11:19:49 AM »
These all have daily minyanim
http://godaven.com/detail.asp?Id=17088&Name=san%20francisco
http://godaven.com/detail.asp?Id=818&Name=san%20francisco
http://godaven.com/detail.asp?Id=1009&Name=san%20francisco

Are you saying that from fist hand knowledge or from internet research? I can see what the websites say but I need to know if it is up to date. thnx EG Adath Israel's newletter indicates that it does not have a daily mincha/maariv...