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Ascender Nov 15, 2010 07:46 AM

A small family-owned grocery store on Claremont Avenue, between College and Ashby, Star Market has wonderful produce. Much of it is marked "Pesticide Free" because they buy from small local farms that can't afford to be certified organic. The wonderful thing is that it isn't a mob scene like Berkeley Bowl or Monterey Market. You can even open a store account, sign for purchases and pay your food bill once per month.

The butcher in back is a separate concession. They have excellent meat, air-dried local poultry and a small selection of fresh-caught fish. If you want "restaurant cuts" of aged beef, this is the place to go.

The grocery section is eclectic. They carry delicious locally-made preserves that are wonderful hostess gifts among a variety of artisan food products. The prices on pantry staples, however, are higher than at the chain stores.

Star Market supported Berkeley, feeding people on credit through the Great Depression. Stop by and support this locally owned family business. Easy street parking isn't even metered and you'll rarely have more than one person in front of you at the checkout.

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Berkeley Bowl
2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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  1. Ruth Lafler RE: Ascender Nov 15, 2010 01:05 PM

    My mother swears by their chocolate selection as well.

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      escargot3 RE: Ruth Lafler Nov 16, 2010 08:13 AM

      Their chocolate selection is dangerously amazing.

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      10foot5 RE: Ascender Nov 15, 2010 03:18 PM

      We started using Star Market for light mid-week shopping when our kids went to the preschool next door.

      Even now that they are no longer at that school we often drive across town when we need some quck salad greens, some fruit, or whatnot for a night's dinner. Great market.

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        oakjoan RE: 10foot5 Nov 15, 2010 09:05 PM

        We used to live nearby and regularly shopped at the Star Market (mostly the butcher shop which was really good then - 70s and early 80s. I realize that's a long time ago, but it's nice to hear that they're still around.

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          Mission RE: oakjoan Nov 16, 2010 11:35 AM

          Actually its proper name is "Star Grocery" not Star Market.

          And yes its fantastic.

          Many of their prices are lower than Safeway.

          And their produce and apple selection is superb.

          Awesome beer and unusual soda selection too.

          The meat market employees can be kinda unprofessional...(I don't think most of them are proper butchers) but they do have quality meat.

          I have been shopping there since 1976

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            Mission RE: Mission Nov 16, 2010 11:46 AM

            Here the Address:

            Star Grocery
            3068 Claremont Avenue
            Berkeley, CA 94705-2698
            (510) 652-2490

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        shanghaikid RE: Ascender Nov 16, 2010 12:30 PM

        "easy street parking isn't even metered"
        beware of street sweeping regulations late morings on certain days. (side streets).

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