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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) Two locations, One downtown and one in the Richmond district, which just opened Jan 2019.

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.
Stanford University Cafeteria weekday lunches five days a week and dinners Monday - Thurs. General public can pay at Florence Moore Dorm and enjoy the Kosher section. Fleishig (meat) for both meals each day. Flo-Mo, as it is called, is on Mayfield Ave., across from the parking lot of Tressidor.  Finding the dining hall can be a challenge for outsiders but any student will direct you.




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 #690 on: June 24, 2019, 10:32:59 PM »
The Rabbi in Oakland is very much frum... I stayed at his house once. Don't know the Rabbi in Berkley.

Know the Rabbi in Oakland VERY WELL. Ehrliche Yid.
I need to have a chat with him about this hechsher.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #691 on: June 24, 2019, 10:34:08 PM »
Going SF next week and staying near Union Square. We were planning on Shabbos meals at Chabad but a friend just told me it’s not such a safe area and he wouldn’t walk around there at night. Apparently you have to step over s lot of  homeless people. Any truth to that? Are they more and less safe routes to take?

It's better than your friend is making it seem. I've been there atleast 10x in the last 2 years. The homeless are harmless in that area.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #692 on: August 02, 2019, 02:52:51 PM »
Any ideas of some nice hotels in SFO or that area?
Was thinking of Ritz Half moon bay for 60k points.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #693 on: August 02, 2019, 04:56:26 PM »
Any ideas of some nice hotels in SFO or that area?
Was thinking of Ritz Half moon bay for 60k points.
IHG is nice and is a great value if you have an uncapped credit card night.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #694 on: August 03, 2019, 09:39:20 PM »
Sfo airport is banning plastic bottles for water. They will sell reusable bottles but those have tevilas keilim issues.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #695 on: August 04, 2019, 11:43:42 AM »
Sfo airport is banning plastic bottles for water. They will sell reusable bottles but those have tevilas keilim issues.
Do they come filled?
If not then gonna have to go back down the old get a cup from Starbucks route :(

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #696 on: September 16, 2019, 09:36:42 PM »
Has anyone been to Carmel-by-the-sea or Big Sur that has any recommendations?

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #697 on: October 03, 2019, 03:20:33 PM »
L'Chaim in San Francisco doesn't exist any linger. I spoke to Rabbi Landau yesterday.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #698 on: November 19, 2019, 05:33:23 PM »
whats my best chance at landing 2 Saver award J tickets lie flat seats one way JFK-SFO in mid Jan?

noting seems available
should i wait
any other options?

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #699 on: February 19, 2020, 08:03:52 AM »
5 hours stop in SF.
Anything to do besides for run around the airport?
Time wise any thing close enough to do near the airport?

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #700 on: February 19, 2020, 10:00:46 AM »
5 hours stop in SF.
Anything to do besides for run around the airport?
Time wise any thing close enough to do near the airport?
Lombardi street, Golden Gate bridge, etc.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #701 on: February 19, 2020, 11:05:53 AM »
Lombardi street, Golden Gate bridge, etc.
5 hours is tight considering SF traffic can be tough. If you do make it to SF, you'd have to come and go. Stay close to airport

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #702 on: February 19, 2020, 11:46:11 AM »
whats my best chance at landing 2 Saver award J tickets lie flat seats one way JFK-SFO in mid Jan?

noting seems available
should i wait
any other options?
There's generally only 1 per flight. When I did it, I booked 1 J and 1 F since saver F was less than anytime J.

The service is the same in F. The only difference is a slighly wider seat, and not having to worry about a seat mate (which I suppose is worse when travelling with a companion). Food was identical (Borenstein breakfast served on China).

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #703 on: February 19, 2020, 12:41:26 PM »
There's generally only 1 per flight. When I did it, I booked 1 J and 1 F since saver F was less than anytime J.

The service is the same in F. The only difference is a slighly wider seat, and not having to worry about a seat mate (which I suppose is worse when travelling with a companion). Food was identical (Borenstein breakfast served on China).

so you mean generally 1 SAVER J seat available?  If travelling with DW though not sure about sitting apart

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #704 on: February 24, 2020, 07:39:38 PM »
so you mean generally 1 SAVER J seat available?  If travelling with DW though not sure about sitting apart
You could always book saver F and trade with the person she's sitting next to. Though apparently AA sometimes calls that a security risk...