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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 #140 on: January 30, 2013, 08:29:49 PM »
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.

I remember NY Deli in SF Embarcadaro....now that was good deli! I felt bad for the 2 chabad brothers who ran the place because I was pretty much the only customer the 2 days I was there! 

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #141 on: January 30, 2013, 08:31:50 PM »
Like so many other places in sf unfortunately, that had to close so soon.

My father grew up in SF and remembers Tel Aviv for the longest time...

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #142 on: January 30, 2013, 11:32:24 PM »
I remember NY Deli in SF Embarcadaro....now that was good deli! I felt bad for the 2 chabad brothers who ran the place because I was pretty much the only customer the 2 days I was there! 

Until when was this deli around?

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #143 on: January 31, 2013, 12:02:12 AM »
Until when was this deli around?

I don't remember when it closed but it was definitely closed by August '10
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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« Reply #144 on: January 31, 2013, 12:08:39 AM »
I don't remember when it closed but it was definitely closed by August '10

And it only opened in '06... - http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/30505/yeshiva-bochers-open-up-kosher-deli-in-downtown-s-f/

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #145 on: January 31, 2013, 12:20:35 AM »
And it only opened in '06... - http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/30505/yeshiva-bochers-open-up-kosher-deli-in-downtown-s-f/
I didn't realize it was open that long, I was thinking it was 2 years max...

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« Reply #146 on: January 31, 2013, 12:21:16 AM »
I didn't realize it was open that long, I was thinking it was 2 years max...

lol, which place do u think is next? ;)

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« Reply #147 on: January 31, 2013, 12:24:00 AM »
I was thinking it was 2 years max...

Seems like ur right, on yelp it said this place closed in july '08.

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #148 on: January 31, 2013, 05:56:15 AM »
I remember NY Deli in SF Embarcadaro....now that was good deli! I felt bad for the 2 chabad brothers who ran the place because I was pretty much the only customer the 2 days I was there!

I was really good friendss with the 2 brothers. I bought (one of) their first sandwiches! Really nice guys, I'm sure they've opened a more succesful restaurant elsewhere!

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #149 on: January 31, 2013, 12:34:08 PM »
Until when was this deli around?

I was there Jan 2008...don't think it was around for long :-(

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #150 on: January 31, 2013, 12:37:11 PM »
I was really good friendss with the 2 brothers. I bought (one of) their first sandwiches! Really nice guys, I'm sure they've opened a more succesful restaurant elsewhere!

I hope so!! My friend and I lived off of them for 2 days- got a variety of sandwiches and soups.  Went to Sabra's once for a dinner. 
Visited SF again last month and ate at Sabra's 2x! Way overpriced, food was decent but ambiance was really odd. First dinner, I took my non-frum relatives there, I am not sure they were too impressed.  They mentioned they had horrible YELP ratings.  Second dinner, 2 diff families walked in (about 8-10 people each) started thinking it was a treif chinese restaurant- the chabad waiter (one of the shluchim's sons) told me it happens all the time. Oh well...
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« Reply #151 on: January 31, 2013, 03:08:29 PM »
I was there Jan 2008...don't think it was around for long :-(

Seems like ur right, on yelp it said this place closed in july '08.

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #152 on: February 06, 2013, 05:19:45 AM »
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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #153 on: February 06, 2013, 05:24:47 AM »
I think hyatt fishermans wharf is best value but you might prefer being in center of town
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« Reply #154 on: February 06, 2013, 05:31:39 AM »
I think hyatt fishermans wharf is best value but you might prefer being in center of town
Why would I prefer center. Is there more stuff to do there, closer to kosher food?

I thought I might spend most of the day by Fisherman's Wharf, but I'm definitely up for suggestions
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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #155 on: February 06, 2013, 05:47:58 AM »
Why would I prefer center. Is there more stuff to do there, closer to kosher food?

I thought I might spend most of the day by Fisherman's Wharf, but I'm definitely up for suggestions
If you don't care where you sleep then go out of town for cheaper hotels. Even by SFO I think there's a new aloft. Its a nice area right by the water
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« Reply #156 on: February 06, 2013, 04:24:46 PM »
If you don't care where you sleep then go out of town for cheaper hotels. Even by SFO I think there's a new aloft. Its a nice area right by the water
I don't want to be too out of it, I'm only gonna be there for 36 hours.

I was thinking Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf Hotel it's $139 prepaid. I guess I can try for a priceline
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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #157 on: February 07, 2013, 05:38:38 AM »
The "Orthodox Rabbinical Council of San Francisco (K-ORC)" is generally not accepted?
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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #158 on: February 07, 2013, 07:29:20 AM »
The "Orthodox Rabbinical Council of San Francisco (K-ORC)" is generally not accepted?

It is R' Traub.  He was the Rav of Adath Israel for many years and musmach of Torah Vdaas.  I have been told it is generally not accepted.

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« Reply #159 on: May 17, 2013, 06:12:21 AM »
I will be in a few hours in san francisco and alctraz jail tour is sold out anyone know where i can get tickets for 7ppl for tomorrow tour ?