Excellent Jewish Deli?
I'm having a friend who will be visiting from London this week and will be in need of proper Jewish food to eat over Yom Kippur. Given that I am (a non-practicing) Catholic, I am in need of guidance.Can anyone help me out with some Jewish delis where I can pick up some appropriate food for him? Thanks!!
My informants have advised me you meant when Yom Kippur is over( Not over YM). Miller's East West Deli or Moishe Pippic in San Francisco or Saul's in Berkeley while not excellent may work.
What ever you do not David's.
Never...ever....evvvverrr go to a deli that serves pizza. Forget about Millers...never been, but that just doesnt sit right with me. Granted, I am a bit of a deli snob having been raised on Queen Blvd's best...but, if you are looking for authentic jewish deli food...I wouldn't expect to find it at Millers.
Sorry to tell you there is nothing excellent, or even approaching excellent in these parts. That said, I would put Miller's in the acceptable category.
There is also a pop-up Jewish deli, Wise Sons, that's open on Saturday from 9-2. http://www.wisesonsdeli.com/ I've only been once, and thought they had good intentions, but it was definitely a work in progress. The rye bread was very good.
I always love the salads and soup at Holy Land in Berkeley and Oakland. Only the Oakland branch is Kosher, and it's a restaurant rather than a deli.
For takeout appetizing, Paulie's Pickling in the Cortland marketplace has delicious, inexpensive chopped liver, cole slaw, pickles, and whitefish salad. They also cure their own salmon, which I haven't tried. While you're there, pick up a borsht and a couple of piroshki from Anda Piroshki across the way.
Bi-Rite has pricier salmon and whitefish salad.
I had a lovely dinner recently at Old World Food Truck, a popup at La Victoria. The pierogies were a bit dense for me, but the borscht couldn't have been better and their modern take on whitefish salad was great.
They just did a dinner for Rosh Hashanah. It's a work in progress: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Wo...
I liked Wise Sons tongue better than their pastrami, but you'd have to wait for Saturday.
Lots of local bakeries make good challah on Fridays and presumably they will make it for Yom Kippur.
Holy Land Restaurant
2965 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
331 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110
La Victoria Bakery
2937 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Windy, did you notice if the Holy Land Restaurant in Oakland serves borscht? My understanding is that they don't serve it. So far, the only borscht in Oakland that I've found is at four restaurants in Chinatown: Cafe 88 (located just underneath Peony) , 8th Street Cafe, Saint Anna and Shooting Star Cafe (on Webster near 10th Street). My favorite versions were the ones at Cafe 88 and Shooting Star.
326 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607
Shooting Star Cafe
1068 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607
Hi Zippo, I've only been to the Holy Land in Berkeley, but Robert is correct: their food is Middle Eastern Jewish rather than Ashkenazi. They do have either chicken noodle or matzo ball. I could use a bowl right now.
For old style Jewish soups, I like Cinderella Bakery on Balboa in the city. They reconfigured the store so it's mostly takeout, but the poppyseed rolls, pelmeni, pickles, and mushroom barley soup are just as good.
436 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94118
My two visits to Wise Sons have been inconsistent - the first time the pastrami was almost at Katz's level, while the second time it fell short. My hunch is that the variability mostly comes from temperature, so if you can heat it yourself at home you should have more control.
Thanks for all of the input. We are in the City now but will be driving to Los Gatos for dinner on Thursday and then have to drop off someone in Berkeley Friday a.m. My plan, initially, was to drive back into SF to pick up something to serve him Sat night but it sounds like the East Bay has some very good places. I really, really appreciate the help as this was way out of my field of expertise :))