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Apr 11, 2010 07:44 PM

Kosher napa valley/santa cruz

My wife and i are taking a trip in may to napa valley and then driving down to monterey bay and we were wondering what kind of kosher establishments exist out there. We are already planning on visiting covenant, hagafen and four gates wineries but we were wondering about restaurants and other kosher places. Any help would be appreciated.

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  1. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of sit down choices, although I'm sure Chabad of Napa Valley will accommodate you 707-320-2348. The closest kosher restaurant to Napa is in San Francisco at Sabra in Chinatown. You can stock up on picnic supplies at Tel Aviv Kosher Market in SF. Mollie Stones also carries a large number of kosher products. When you head down the coast to Monterey, you can stop at the Kitchen Table in Mountain View (near Palo Alto) http://www.thekitchentablerestaurant....

    1. When we went to Napa, we brought lunches with us from SF. Gelson's had kosher cheese and bread, and we made sandwiches to bring with us. Did the same when we went to Carmel/Monterey. On the way to Monterey there was at least one Trader Joe's.. we stopped there too and picked up snacks.

      1. If you want to make a short detour to the East Bay, Holy Land Restaurant, Oakland Kosher Foods, and Grand Bakery, all close to each other in a pleasant part of Oakland would be good sources. Holy Land is a meat restaurant. Both Oakland Kosher and Grand Bakery have limited seating but plenty of options to take out. My husband, a major carnivore, loves The Kitchen Table. If you are willing to eat at strictly vegan restaurants that are not certified kosher there would be several more options, including a couple of world famous vegan restaurants in San Francisco, and Herbivore in both San Francisco and Berkley.
        Finally, Izzy's Brooklyn Bagels in Palo Alto is kosher and has seating. Not a full, menu, but decent bagels and schmears and some salads.

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        1. re: lburrell

          What are some of those world famous vegan restaurants?

          1. re: KosherVeg

            That's probably a reference to Millenium in San Francisco.

            Then not in Napa Valley, but further west in Sonoma County wine country, you might want to check out La Bodega/Sonoma Wine Shop in Sebastopol. One of the owners is Israeli and vegetarian. The restaurant serves meat (non-kosher) but has many vegetarian and vegan options available. Here's my post on Shavuot and Rosh Hashanah dinners I've enjoyed there, quite by accident, I'll add as I'm not Jewish. The chef is that good that I'm willing to eat whatever he's serving.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              thanks - both are likely too far, and the latter may not cut kosher-wise - but i'll look into it!

            2. re: KosherVeg

              First, sadly some updates: Kitchen Table no longer exists and Holy Land is no longer kosher. Oakland has two koshers spots: Amba (vegetarian, pizza, and Israeli style dishes, excellent French Fries) and Oakland Kosher foods. The two famous vegetarian restaurants are indeed Milenium and Greens. If you are not comfortable eating out vegan or vegetarian, your best options are probably Mollie Stones in Marin where you can stock up on kosher items; or Trader Joe's They are pretty ubiquitous. If you get as far south as Berkeley there are a few other options to consider.

          2. Sorry to let you know, no kosher restaurant in Napa or Monterey, wine is the only Kosher in those places, if you keep Kosher...... Stick to Parve. Enjoy your trip.

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            1. re: ranmor

              The question was from 4 years ago. But since the topic has been revived, Jerusalem Grill in Campbell (San Jose) is right on the way from Napa to Monterey (but not if you're going via SF). It's a million times better than the still awful and massively overpriced tourist-focused Sabra Grill in SF Chinatown. Jerusalem Grill even has kubbeh soup, and is up to the standard of most LA and NY Israeli restaurants. I wouldn't say it's exceptional, but it's good and worth the trip if you keep kosher or want to check out a full menu of Israeli food.

              There's also Amba in Oakland, which now serves meat. I haven't seen any reports.