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Aug 7, 2012 09:29 PM


Who can tell me where there is a bakery in or around san francisco that makes a great jewish rye? There has to be something left right? a deli? a bakery? just tell me soon. thanks, anina

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  1. Wise Son's Deli in the Mission?

    1. I'm sorry I don't know the guy's name but there is this German bakery that sets up at the Crocker Galleria Farmers Market that sells the most kick-ass Jewish Rye I've ever tasted.

      I have never seen him at any other Farmer's Market but I have continually gone back there just to get his bread (and this poppy-seed bread loaf that rivals the poppy-seed pastries I get from the Russian markets).

      Maybe someone else will know the name of the vendor.

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      1. re: CarrieWas218

        carrie, I think it might be esthers german rye??? I went online to ask.. does that sound right?

        1. re: CarrieWas218

          I don't think it's the same one, but I saw a vendor at the 50 California farmers' market yesterday that had German/Eastern European breads, including a Jewish rye.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            I I live in carmel califonia.. I don't know what you mean by 50 california farmers market? thanks

            1. re: readytoslurp

              You should try posting on the general California board, where Carmel and Monterey locations are discussed.

              The recommendations you are receiving here all refer to locations in San Francisco (i.e., 50 California Street, farmers market).

            2. re: CarrieWas218

              If this is Esther's, it's also available at Rainbow Grocery, albeit in small quantities.

            3. Acme makes a great corn rye. I think it's only at the bakery and only one or two days a week. I'm not sure it's among the photos on this page:


              1. One of the major suppliers here an Odessa rye that's very good. I looked it up: Semifreddi's. Check out near you, if they supply there.

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                1. re: rccola

                  Semifreddi also makes a deli rye. Trader Joe's carries a corn rye. My wife likes it.

                2. Metropolis Bakery in Berkeley makes a delicious rye bread with nigella seed (AKA chernushka, onion seed and various other names) as well as caraway. It's available at Berkeley Bowl West.

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                  1. re: Miss Otis

                    I've had that--it is good. I did love that too but hadn't seen it for a while and couldn't remember the bakery. My grandfather used to make rye with chernushkas. I always wonder if they made their way up from India--black onion seed.

                    1. re: rccola

                      I am now embarking on an adventure. I am going to try and make my own rye bread. I got out a book called Local Breads.. I want to just take the mystery out of all this okay? okay.

                      1. re: readytoslurp

                        wow! you are ambitious. let us know how it turns out.

                        1. re: readytoslurp

                          May it come out wonderfully. If it doesn't, I'll try to find an old recipe I might still have.