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challah in the Tiburon or Bay Area

prainer Feb 24, 2008 09:26 AM

can anyone recommend a bakery that has authentic challah bread in either the Tiburon or SFO area?

  1. Robert Lauriston Feb 24, 2008 09:49 AM

    What's your definition of authentic?

    I don't generally think much of Semifreddi, but their challah is excellent. It's authentic in the sense that it's certfied kosher. It's in many supermarkets:


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      milklady Feb 24, 2008 01:15 PM

      Grand Bakery Challah is my favorite, but they're in Oakland.

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        The Librarian Feb 24, 2008 03:07 PM

        The Sausalito Mollie Stone's carries Grand, at least on Fridays. I love it too. Not sure if the Bon Air Mollie Stone also carries it.

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        kzukor Feb 24, 2008 03:17 PM

        The best challah in the Bay Area is at Acme Bread in Berkeley. They make it on Friday and Saturdays. (and I've tried Semifreddis', the Grand Bakery, the Cheesboard, and even my own ;-)

        1601 San Pablo Ave
        Berkeley, CA 94702

        1. wineguy7 Feb 24, 2008 05:33 PM

          Moscow & Tblisi Bakery makes both sweet and non-sweet types of Challah. The sweet one is good and heavy; very eggy.

          Moscow & Tbilisi Bakery Store
          5540 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA

          1. Windy Feb 24, 2008 05:54 PM

            Presumably you don't mean the area near SFO--the airport/Millbrae.

            Destination Bakery in Glen Park makes a delicious challah on Fridays.

            Destination Baking Co
            598 Chenery St, San Francisco, CA 94131

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              melisky Feb 24, 2008 06:08 PM

              My favorite challah in Marin is Irving's Premium Challah, which is available at the Marin JCC on Friday mornings. It's usually gone by noon. Also available in San Francisco, South Bay, and the Peninsula: http://www.irvprem.com/

              Osher Marin JCC
              200 N San Pedro Rd, San Rafael, CA

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              1. re: melisky
                rworange Feb 24, 2008 08:42 PM

                I second Irving's.

                The second best I've tried to date is at Sweet Adeline's bakery in Berkeley.

                The shape isn't quite right ... too wide and large ... but Citizen Cake in SF makes a really nice challah.

                Other challahs I'd buy again ... Hopkins St, (Berkeley), Naobalm (Berkeley),

                Respectable ... Cheeseboard/Arizmendi, Semifreddi's,

                Wouldn't buy again ... Grand Bakery, Acme, House of Bagels

                I haven't tried the challah yet at NY by the Bay Deli in San Rafael.

                1. re: melisky
                  ChowFun_derek Feb 24, 2008 09:15 PM

                  I like Irving's as well..

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                    Jeff Feb 25, 2008 09:26 AM

                    Here's a fourth vote for Irving's. Our son brings it home every Friday from school, and nine times out of ten, it's wonderful. One time out of ten, or so, it seems a bit dry.

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                    marinrain Feb 25, 2008 07:50 PM

                    Noah's has on Fridays (in Marin Sausalito and Greenbrae)

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