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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 #80 on: September 28, 2012, 03:26:41 AM »
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.
Yeah, I guess I missed that somehow...
But beware, the dairy items are not cholov yisroel...

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #81 on: November 26, 2012, 03:00:08 AM »
how many hours does the Alcatraz tour take? is there a recommended time to go?
IY"H gonna be there on chanukah and looking for some attractions.

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #82 on: November 26, 2012, 07:22:11 AM »
how many hours does the Alcatraz tour take? is there a recommended time to go?
IY"H gonna be there on chanukah and looking for some attractions.

There is no specific amount of time that the tour takes. The earlier u go the more u can stay on the island, cuz u could take back any boat that u want. Probably would stay for 2-3 hours plus duration of the boat ride. For other attraction read the beginning of the thread.

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #83 on: December 08, 2012, 11:25:38 PM »
Any reviews on the Le Meridien San Francisco?  Booked a night there for $140 incl parking and internet.

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #84 on: December 09, 2012, 12:28:21 PM »
stayed there once. nothing special. nice hotel, and you got a good price.

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #85 on: December 19, 2012, 02:06:13 PM »
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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #86 on: December 19, 2012, 02:17:34 PM »
http://www.frumsatire.net/2010/10/24/orthodox-jewish-community-in-san-francisco-is-growing/

Who's in to start a community?
That post is 2 years old.  The Mountain view eatery mentioned is already Kaput.
I don't see the draw of SF.
Mediocre weather, high cost of living, nothing doing on the kosher scene, liberal wackos abound, etc.
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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #87 on: December 19, 2012, 02:18:39 PM »
That post is 2 years old.  The Mountain view eatery mentioned is already Kaput.
I don't see the draw of SF.
Mediocre weather, high cost of living, nothing doing on the kosher scene, liberal wackos abound, etc.
Weather sure beats CLE
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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #88 on: December 19, 2012, 02:19:36 PM »
Weather sure beats CLE
No offense, but duh.
I'm comparing it to LAX/SAN/MIA, etc.  I.E. Cities people move to for the weather despite the negative factors.
Nobody moves to the east coast or midwest for the weather.
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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #89 on: December 19, 2012, 03:01:10 PM »
That post is 2 years old.  The Mountain view eatery mentioned is already Kaput.
I don't see the draw of SF.
Mediocre weather, high cost of living, nothing doing on the kosher scene, liberal wackos abound, etc.

That restaurant is kaput, but every time one goes kaput another opens up and replaces it, like in sf they now have Jerusalem grill. They are still missing a pizza shop though. And like u said not the best weather, it is always super windy all seasons.

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #90 on: December 20, 2012, 09:45:53 AM »
I don't see the draw of SF.
Mediocre weather, high cost of living, nothing doing on the kosher scene, liberal wackos abound, etc.

Hard to quantify... I think you have to live there to really appreciate it. Everybody who lives there loves it. Personally some of the areas outside of SF are nicer. Thre is something intangibly awesome about NoCal.

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #91 on: December 20, 2012, 10:50:47 AM »
Personally some of the areas outside of SF are nicer. There is something intangibly awesome about NoCal.

Do i hear marin county or napa valley? :)

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #92 on: December 24, 2012, 09:58:51 AM »
Do i hear marin county or napa valley? :)

Lol, Napa is a little too quiet for my taste. I haven't spent much time in Marin but Berkeley or Palo Alto are just right for me.

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« Reply #93 on: December 24, 2012, 10:26:09 AM »
Hard to quantify... I think you have to live there to really appreciate it. Everybody who lives there loves it. Personally some of the areas outside of SF are nicer. Thre is something intangibly awesome about NoCal.
Do you live in the area?
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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #94 on: December 24, 2012, 10:58:11 AM »
Lol, Napa is a little too quiet for my taste. I haven't spent much time in Marin but Berkeley or Palo Alto are just right for me.

I never really find berkeley a nice place, much more like a university town.

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #95 on: December 24, 2012, 12:29:04 PM »
Do you live in the area?

Lived for a little under a year. I grew very fond of it...
I never really find berkeley a nice place, much more like a university town.

I suppose it depends what you are looking for; now as a married man with a kid, Berkeley would be far from ideal. Single - there was nothing like it!

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #96 on: December 24, 2012, 03:03:29 PM »
Lived for a little under a year. I grew very fond of it...

So what made u leave?

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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #97 on: December 24, 2012, 03:11:39 PM »
So anybody here live in the area?
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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #98 on: December 24, 2012, 03:14:25 PM »
So what made u leave?
I guess he got married..
now as a married man with a kid, Berkeley would be far from ideal. Single - there was nothing like it!
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Re: San Francisco Master Thread
« Reply #99 on: December 24, 2012, 03:16:05 PM »
I guess he got married..

;) - missed that line, although i would live in berkeley anyday over montreal..