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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 Dairy and pareve sambusak, burekas, shakshuka, savory and sweet baked goods
Limonnana Middle Eastern dishes, principally Falafel, Shawarma, and Hummus, and of course, delicious limonnanas.
Hummus Bodega Hummus, Falafel, Middle Eastern in the Richmond district

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
Kosher Food Oasis at the OFJCC (Palo Alto) Neshama Foods, The Ma'lawah Bar and Holy Sushi require ordering in advance. Walk-in orders are accepted for Caffe Mediterraneum. Please check vendor sites for individual holiday hours. All under the Vaad.
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 Master Thread
« Reply #120 on: January 28, 2013, 12:03:27 PM »
So I'm thinking of doing Fisherman's Wharf and a boat ride from there. Anything to do at night?

Go for a walk/hike around town, many interesting places to see.

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« Reply #121 on: January 28, 2013, 12:04:27 PM »
Why SFO over anywhere else on the coast?

Besides LAX and SAN, where else would u go?

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #122 on: January 28, 2013, 12:19:59 PM »
Besides LAX and SAN, where else would u go?
Drive the coast and use Avios to get back.
Or PDX, SEA, or YVR before SFO.
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« Reply #123 on: January 28, 2013, 12:27:06 PM »
Drive the coast and use Avios to get back.
Or PDX, SEA, or YVR before SFO.
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« Reply #124 on: January 28, 2013, 12:41:47 PM »
Drive the coast and use Avios to get back.
Or PDX, SEA, or YVR before SFO.

YVR i understand, SEA maybe, but PDX seriously? What to do there?

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #125 on: January 28, 2013, 12:50:32 PM »
It's been 10 years since I was there but we drove from SEA to PDX and did a ton of fun stuff.  Though that was in the summertime.
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« Reply #126 on: January 28, 2013, 12:51:48 PM »
It's been 10 years since I was there but we drove from SEA to PDX and did a ton of fun stuff.  Though that was in the summertime.

Can't recall anything worth seeing, if someone were to plan a trip there?

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #127 on: January 28, 2013, 12:59:13 PM »
Can't recall anything worth seeing, if someone were to plan a trip there?
Not in PDX per se, but there was a very neat waterfalls we hiked up, there was Crater Lake, there was a great kosher bakery in Albertson's.
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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #128 on: January 28, 2013, 01:03:13 PM »
Not in PDX per se, but there was a very neat waterfalls we hiked up, there was Crater Lake, there was a great kosher bakery in Albertson's.

And not in SFO itself, there are also great hikes at marin, yosemite, redwood etc.. and some great lakes.

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #129 on: January 28, 2013, 10:30:29 PM »
C'mon, I think you guys are exaggerating how bad Sabra is.

Granted, I haven't been there in 5 years or so, but I don't remember it being so bad.
Yes, the owner has a really nasty attitude, but other than that it wasn't so bad. True, the food won't win them any awards, but I wouldn't call it bad. If you're already in SF, and you're just looking for a meal, I don't think Sabra is so bad it needs to be avoided like the plague. (unless it got much worse in the last 5 years)
 
As for Amba, the last couple of times I've been there I've been very unimpressed. (I think they changed ownership or management or something.) their food was not as good as it had been in the past. -And that's on top of it being very overpriced to begin with...

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #130 on: January 28, 2013, 10:32:57 PM »
Don't know bout hotels, but this food list from two months ago is accurate.

It's also in the wiki, so if anybody has updated info just add/change it there...

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #131 on: January 28, 2013, 11:18:53 PM »
As for Amba, the last couple of times I've been there I've been very unimpressed. (I think they changed ownership or management or something.) their food was not as good as it had been in the past. -And that's on top of it being very overpriced to begin with...

Sorry to hear that, haven't been there recently, but remember it as having one of the best falafel's.

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #132 on: January 28, 2013, 11:20:06 PM »
It's also in the wiki, so if anybody has updated info just add/change it there...

Is the kosher grocery in sf u talking about, israeli meat market?

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #133 on: January 28, 2013, 11:34:40 PM »
Is the kosher grocery in sf u talking about, israeli meat market?
It's possible, though I seem to have the name "Tel Aviv Market" in my head.
I've never been there, I just remember hearing it mentioned...

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #134 on: January 28, 2013, 11:37:38 PM »
It's possible, though I seem to have the name "Tel Aviv Market" in my head.
I've never been there, I just remember hearing it mentioned...

Israeli kosher meat market - http://www.shamash.org/kosher/search.php?Recno=01858&Comm=two

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #135 on: January 28, 2013, 11:39:42 PM »
"Hashgacha/Supervision:   Orthodox Rabbinical Council of San Francisco"
Maybe that's why I've never been there... (well, that, and also Oakland Kosher is closer anyways...)

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #136 on: January 28, 2013, 11:41:59 PM »

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« Reply #137 on: January 28, 2013, 11:42:35 PM »
"Hashgacha/Supervision:   Orthodox Rabbinical Council of San Francisco"
Maybe that's why I've never been there... (well, that, and also Oakland Kosher is closer anyways...)

Don't worry, their reviews ain't too great either.

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #138 on: January 28, 2013, 11:44:08 PM »
I see I wasn't completely off with Tel Aviv Market: http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/61184/tel-aviv-kosher-market-closes-its-doors/

Like so many other places in sf unfortunately, that had to close so soon.

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #139 on: January 30, 2013, 07:47:59 PM »
It's possible, though I seem to have the name "Tel Aviv Market" in my head.
I've never been there, I just remember hearing it mentioned...

It looks like this may a different place but there was a Tel Aviv Kosher (with a supermarket) when I lived there under Rabbi Welton's hashgacha (Chabad rabbi). I had THE BEST DELI SANDWHICH OF MY LIFE there. Literally. Everything they made there was incredible. If it's indeed closed it is a sad day for deli & oily israeli food fanatics.