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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/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #240 on: May 20, 2014, 10:22:52 AM »
Is there any reason to order a Fastrak before going to SF?

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #241 on: May 20, 2014, 10:33:16 AM »
Are you really going to be crossing bridges that often? I went for a few days and only crossed the Golden Gate once by car. Not to mention that with the GG you only pay the toll coming in to SF, not out... I would plan out your days, map it out on google maps (or the likes) and see.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #242 on: May 20, 2014, 11:39:55 AM »
Are you really going to be crossing bridges that often? I went for a few days and only crossed the Golden Gate once by car. Not to mention that with the GG you only pay the toll coming in to SF, not out... I would plan out your days, map it out on google maps (or the likes) and see.

thanks
is it really only for the SF bridges? any express highways worth using it on?

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #243 on: May 20, 2014, 12:39:46 PM »
thanks
is it really only for the SF bridges? any express highways worth using it on?
Only bridges.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #244 on: May 20, 2014, 12:47:05 PM »
We don't have tolls on highways (that's why we call them freeways on the west coast) but it does give you access to the express lane on one or two... I think the 678.
Not very helpful if you're driving from LA (you'll be taking the 5 or the 1)

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #245 on: May 20, 2014, 07:42:04 PM »
Anyone ever stay at the Mark Hopkins? I'm debating btwn that, the St Regis, and Hyatt Regency. TIA

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #246 on: May 20, 2014, 09:19:56 PM »
Anyone ever stay at the Mark Hopkins? I'm debating btwn that, the St Regis, and Hyatt Regency. TIA
I think the St Reg is nicest hotel in SF, although I haven't been in the the Fairmont. The Hyatt regency is like comparing a paper clip to a diamond ring.

Never heard of Mark Hopkins
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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #247 on: May 22, 2014, 02:38:35 PM »
any suggestions for a hyatt or spg in the napa region? tia
The Westin Napa Verasa. Great place.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #248 on: May 22, 2014, 02:45:23 PM »
The Westin Napa Verasa. Great place.

Thanks. I already book Andaz Napa. Worth switching?

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #249 on: May 22, 2014, 02:46:50 PM »
I think the St Reg is nicest hotel in SF, although I haven't been in the the Fairmont. The Hyatt regency is like comparing a paper clip to a diamond ring.

Never heard of Mark Hopkins

MArk Hopkins has a famous lounge, Top of the Mark. Supposed to be nice. But I'm gonna check out St Regis. Thanks!

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #250 on: May 29, 2014, 01:10:45 PM »
Any family friendly hotels in the san francisco area ( starwood or hyatt grands) I will be traveling for a couple of days with my husband and 4 children ( one is a baby). Any advice on hotels that would accommodate my family size, would be appreciated.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #251 on: June 16, 2014, 12:33:50 PM »
Does coffee bean in San Fran have ANY kosher food?

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #252 on: June 16, 2014, 12:55:51 PM »
Does coffee bean in San Fran have ANY kosher food?
Nope (they won't know what kosher is) and there are only 3 of them.
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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #253 on: June 16, 2014, 12:58:17 PM »
Nope (they won't know what kosher is) and there are only 3 of them.

Darn it. Thanks for the reply though.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #254 on: June 16, 2014, 01:30:33 PM »
Darn it. Thanks for the reply though.
A few of the local supermarkets have kosher sections. Sabra jam packed these days.
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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #255 on: June 16, 2014, 01:32:04 PM »
A few of the local supermarkets have kosher sections. Sabra jam packed these days.

Thanks.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #256 on: July 04, 2014, 04:41:13 PM »
Does coffee bean in San Fran have ANY kosher food?
I made the mistake previously. Those are the only ones that don't have a hechsher. The drinks are still kosher. The cream cheese was kosher as well, on that note though, you might as well go to any ralph's and stick to bagels and philadelphia cream cheese.

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #257 on: August 19, 2014, 03:06:39 PM »
I'm staying in the palace tonight and tom night. Anyone know the closest restaurant, Milchig/fleishig?  Minyan??

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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #258 on: August 19, 2014, 03:31:55 PM »
I'm staying in the palace tonight and tom night. Anyone know the closest restaurant, Milchig/fleishig?  Minyan??

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=kosher+san+francisco
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Re: San Francisco/No Cal Master Thread
« Reply #259 on: August 27, 2014, 09:32:41 PM »
If anyone is touring SF, i have 2 downtown/GGB hop on hop off bus tour tickets to sell for 40% off. pm for details.