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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 #60 on: May 31, 2012, 10:15:27 PM »
Howabout just renting a motorboat etc?
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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #61 on: May 31, 2012, 10:15:44 PM »
AFAIK, the only place thats kosher in SFO is Sabra Grill. Expensive and not very good food
That and a bad attitude IIRC.
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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #62 on: May 31, 2012, 10:42:09 PM »
Oh well. Is it neat fishermans wharf at least?
Not too far

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #63 on: May 31, 2012, 11:24:08 PM »
In Sabra. Pricey but not absolutely retarded. Live review to come.

I am the only guy in the place. It is quite old, but clean.

Dan- how far d'ya live from CLE?
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« Reply #64 on: May 31, 2012, 11:26:03 PM »
Dan- how far d'ya live from CLE?
25 minutes via car, 50 minutes via subway/train (1 transfer).
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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #65 on: May 31, 2012, 11:28:27 PM »
25 minutes via car, 50 minutes via subway/train (1 transfer).
Not likely but not impossible.
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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #66 on: June 03, 2012, 11:45:58 AM »
Via their website, The Kitchen Table  appears to be closing; last meal being served today.

  Are there currently any options besides Sabra Grill and Amba Falfel?

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #67 on: June 14, 2012, 12:40:20 AM »
38 min connection here in SFO on United enroute from EWR to LAX. Flying Biz if makes a difference. Enough time?

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #68 on: June 14, 2012, 03:52:09 AM »
Yes. Just make sure there's another flight later in case of delays etc
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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #69 on: June 14, 2012, 09:16:54 AM »
Yes. Just make sure there's another flight later in case of delays etc
Yes there is one other flight which would work to lax for me.

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Re: SF Bay area
« Reply #70 on: June 14, 2012, 06:07:50 PM »
Sabra Grill, kosher resterant in China town the food is pretty good although its a bit pricey
A bit pricey? When I was there a 2 months ago, I spent $25 On a plate of pastrami and some fries

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Re: SF Bay area
« Reply #71 on: June 14, 2012, 06:10:24 PM »
A bit pricey? When I was there a 2 months ago, I spent $25 On a plate of pastrami and some fries
That was a rather pricey choice. I spent the same on 2 skewers of lamb (something to that effect), and couldn't make it through more than one (was full).
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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #72 on: July 06, 2012, 07:20:22 PM »
Via their website, The Kitchen Table  appears to be closing; last meal being served today.

  Are there currently any options besides Sabra Grill and Amba Falfel?
There's a new place near San Jose, Jerusalem Grill. I haven't been there yet but I've heard both good and bad reports (which is typical of almost any new place)

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Re: Berkeley CA restaurants
« Reply #73 on: July 06, 2012, 07:34:21 PM »
For some reason I was under the impression that they no longer have the seating/restaurant. They do have deli / takeout though. (even if they do still have  the seating, I wouldn't really call it a restaurant, more like deli / takeout with seating)
I was wrong about that, they do still have the seating.
And the food looked really good when I was there the other day.

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #74 on: July 18, 2012, 04:34:19 PM »
Any recommendations for a hotel in SF? Preferably a Hyatt

Planning on flying to SF, staying 1-2 nights, driving down south (will spend 2 nights), ultimately flying out of LA.
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« Reply #75 on: July 18, 2012, 04:55:31 PM »
Hyatts in SF don't have the best reputation.
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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #76 on: July 19, 2012, 10:35:20 AM »
Are there any SPG hotels in SF that are recommended?

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #77 on: July 25, 2012, 04:10:16 PM »
What are the kosher restaurants AND grocery stores in the SF area?

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #78 on: August 03, 2012, 03:39:41 AM »
What are the kosher restaurants AND grocery stores in the SF area?

Restaurants:
(all under hashgacha of the Sun-K / Vaad Hakashrus of Northern California)
Amba Falafel (Oakland) Cholov Yisroel. Pas Yisroel available by request
Izzy's Bagels (Palo Alto) Pas Yisroel. Some Items Cholov Yisroel, Check the kashrus certificate
Jerusalem Grill (Palo Alto area)
Oakland Kosher (Oakland) Fleishigs
Sabra Grill (San Francisco)

groceries
Oakland Kosher.
I'm pretty sure there's a kosher grocery in SF, I don't remember the name offhand.
I believe Mollie Stone's in Palo Alto has a big Kosher selection. there are probably other options there as well.
Berkeley Bowl in Berkeley has some kosher items.

That's it off the top of my head.
More details on these establishments in the thread above and in this one (which should probably be merged here?)


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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #79 on: September 25, 2012, 02:04:44 PM »

There is also Grand Bakery in Oakland under that same hashgacha, gotta stop by if you are in the area. Can't compete with the likes of more heimishe area, but still very decent.