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Aug 12, 2010 08:17 AM

Jewish delis in Sunnyvale area?

New to the neighborhood - just moved from Los Angeles two weeks ago. Yes, plenty of great places down there but very hard to navigate. It took us an hour and twenty minutes to go to a restaurant six miles from our home - on a weekend!

So we're eager to explore the Sunnyvale/Cupertino/Mountain View/Los Gatos/Saratoga dining scene.

One place I can't seem to find is a Jewish deli. I saw mention of one opening - amidst huge fanfare and then closing -

It doesn't have to be kosher - just a place to have some whitefish, to buy a black and white, and to get some good matzoh ball soup.

Any suggestions along these lines?

Also, please feel free to share any threads about dining in Sunnyvale in general. It almost feels like we live in some sort of middle ground with restaurants all around us but nothing of note (and by note I even mean a killer burger or to die for linguine and clams) in our 'hood.

Thanks Chowhounders - I'm eager to explore!

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  1. The bad news is that there is a dearth of good Jewish delis in the Bay Area. Some think Saul's in Berkeley is good but I am not one of them. 20 miles north of Sunnyvale is Refuge where there have been raves about the pastrami sandwich.
    Black and white cookies at the Grand Bakery, Oakland.

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    1. re: wolfe

      Refuge has some of the best quality chow in the area. That pastrami is incredible and the rest of the menu is very, very good. But it would be a mistake to go there expecting a deli experience. It's more like a gastropub with amazing pastrami. And that is the best pastrami in the bay area.

    2. Not a deli, but the Kitchen Table in Mountain View is a kosher restaurant.

      The Kitchen Table
      142 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

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      1. re: Concetta

        I second the Kitchen Table in Mountain View (http://www.thekitchentablerestaurant....) not a deli but they make their own corned beef and pastrami which is excellent - they also make a lamb bacon which is quite good as well -

        The Kitchen Table
        142 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

        1. re: outrig8

          Thanks everyone - glad to know I didn't overlook anywhere in my quest - they just don't exist.

          Save the deli - treyf deli? Oy!

          1. re: outrig8

            They had the good sense to open as Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen instead of Treyf Deli as a business name. Have you tried it yet?


            Jackie's Vinoteca
            105 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

            Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen
            San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

          2. Welcome to Silicon Valley!

            Heck, there's a dearth of even bad Jewish delis in the Sunnyvale area - nobody even tries. Fortunately the Kitchen Table is a good kosher restaurant, and I've heard good things about the Refuge, though I haven't tried it yet.

            Since the new site design rolled out this week, searching for "Sunnyvale" will actually get you a list of good, relevant links - just watch the dates as some may be fairly old. Indian food is spectacular in the Sunnyvale area, and there's great Middle Eastern food downtown at Dishdash too. For some other cuisines you may have to travel farther - for instance, up to Palo Alto for good Italian food at Vero or Cafe Renzo.


            Dishdash Restaurant
            190 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

            530 Bryant Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

            Cafe Renzo
            473 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

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            1. re: mdg

              Michael - you are right! I didn't realized Chowhound had made searching so much easier. (I even came across some old posts of yours helping out a Sunnyvale virgin). This is great - at least I have a starting point for exploration. Thanks so much everyone.

            2. Thank you Melanie - but we are over an over outside of San Francisco so it's not a viable option on a regular rotation (but great article - thank you for sharing that - I agree!)

              What is the feeling of Izzy's in Palo Alto, at least for some whitefish?

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              1. re: Bria Silbert

                Izzy's is a nice little shop, family style. I like their bagels, but having recently journeyed to Brooklyn solely for bagels, I know they don't "really" have Brooklyn bagels. They have a closer approximation than most places around. I haven't tried anything but the bagels.

                1. re: Bria Silbert

                  I haven't tried Izzy's, but I had a halfway decent bagel at House of Bagels in Sunnyvale, which amazed me. Not a destination, but perhaps the best local choice at the moment. It's at the corner of Homestead and Hollenbeck.