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Oct 27, 2009 09:56 PM

Where can I get good challah bread in San Francisco???

Ok. I moved here from NYC. I miss like really good challah bread and I'm not sure where I can get it.

While you're at it how about a good Jewish deli? There are jews here right?

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  1. I think the challah from the Grand Bakery in Oakland is excellent. I'm not sure exactly where it's sold in SF, but I'm sure some stores carry it. I think others like Irving's.

    good jewish deli? Not so much available here.

    1. I think the challah at Acme Bread is very good, though it may not be exactly traditional. The original shop is in Berkeley, but Acme bread is also available at various stores in SF--someone else will have to chime in, though, about whether the Acme challah is sold at particular grocery stores, etc.

      Acme Bread
      1601 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

      1. You might check Semifreddi's. On average their breads aren't quite as good as Acme (imo) but they do a couple of specialty items that are very good to excellent (ciabatta roll, cinammon twist bread). I don't know how their challah stacks up but I thought it was very good. They ahve 4 retail locations in the East Bay and their products are in grocery stores, even Lucky's.

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        1. re: ML8000

          I generally don't like Semifreddi's stuff, but their challah is excellent.

          1. re: ML8000

            i completely agree with Robert on this one. Tho I don't care for their other stuff, heir challah is tasty.

          2. Jews, yes. Deli's, not so much. Prepare to be homesick for challah.

            At this point your best bet in SF will be Noe Valley Bakery. It's not exactly how I like it, but it is close and it is a nice bit of breadmaking. Plus they do a nice circular braid on the holidays.

            I'll 2nd the Grand Bakery recommendation and add a link. They're also good for fix of any other kosher baked good you might crave.

            I also like the challah at Arizmendi, even if it is not exactly traditional. Close, but they add a little flair and difference to everything they do. I've linked to the Emeryville store since that's where I go, but I'll bet the SF store is just as good.

            Grand Bakery
            3264 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

            Noe Valley Bakery & Bread Co
            4073 24th St, San Francisco, CA

            Arizmendi Bakery & Pizzeria
            4301 San Pablo Ave, Emeryville, CA 94608

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            1. re: BernalKC

              I'm happy to report that the challah at Liberty Cafe Bakery is back. During the recent tumult surrounding the changes at Liberty the challah went downhill and I stopped frequenting the bakery. My picks above were from that period, and as a long time fan of Liberty challah it pained me to exclude them. Well, I was misisng it so I tried it again recently and it was really, really good. A lot better, IMO, than Grand and certainly better than Noe Valley. Check it out if you find yourself on Cortland on a mid-Friday morning.

            2. Seriously, there's no reason to go to the East Bay.

              Irving's which is sold at Israel Kosher


              CHALLAH: The prettiest I’ve seen in the Bay Area with a brown crust that is golden from egg yolks. It is the closest to the challah I grew up with (not Jewish, but Polish). It has an almost brioche-like texture. $4

              Citizen Cake

              The challah wasn't as dense as I like it, but the sesames seeds were very nice

              House of Bagels

              Didn't care for the egg challah. Haven't tried the water challah yet.

              Some people like Noe Valley Bakery challah

              Not sure if yhe cafe at the JCC makes it

              What deli items are you looking for

              House of Bagels
              5030 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

              Lotta's Bakery
              1720 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

              Citizen Cake
              399 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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              1. re: rworange

                Irving's Challah is is sold in a number of places...even the bookstore at the S.F. JCC
                here's a link to his website with locations...


                1. re: ChowFun_derek

                  I second the recommendations of Irving's Premium. I think it's the best I've had in the Bay Area and reminds me of what I grew up with at Rodef Sholom - Marin JCC in San Rafael, which is where I have purchased it on Friday mornings the last few years.

                  I have had Grand Bakery's version many times since the late 80s. I think Irving's is better.

                  Grand Bakery
                  3264 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610