Star Market in Berkeley
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.
2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703
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
"easy street parking isn't even metered"
beware of street sweeping regulations late morings on certain days. (side streets).