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Kosher Food in Santa Cruz? (NSA)

Kosher Food in Santa Cruz?

Is there a good kosher resturant or kosher grocery store in the Santa Cruz area? Well, not really, but I thought it would be good to share what I do have. The following is a list of sources for kosher or almost-kosher food in Santa Cruz.


There are only two resturants in Santa Cruz that are certified kosher, Noah's Bagels in Santa Cruz (August 4) and Capitola (open now). Other than that there are no kosher resturants in the area. To eat out in Santa Cruz I follow these guidelines:

With that in mind, here is a list of resturants that meet the above criteria as far as I know. If you have other places to add please let me know and I will be happy to add them.

Grocery Stores

In the latest issue of the Kashrut Nexus they pointed out that having a hechsher (a symbol identifying the kashrut certifying authority) on your products makes them sell better and that more non-Jews are buying kosher than Jews. What this means is that it is getting easier and easier to find kosher products in the stores.

A couple things to note about buying kosher products:

Cheese: The Conservative movement's position is that all cheese made in the USA is kosher and does not require certification. Not all people follow this leniency, however, and so you might want to know that the closest source of kosher cheese and other kosher foods is the Willow Glen Market. The Willow Glen Market, which is in San Jose, also has a kosher butcher and a deli counter.

Beyond Santa Cruz


Willow Glen Kosher Market

1185 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA 95125, 408-297-6604

Mollie Stone's Market

164 California Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306, 415-323-8361

J. Sosnick and Sons Kosher Food Products

285 Littlefield Ave., South San Francisco, CA 94080, 415-952-2226

Tel Aviv Strictly Kosher Meats

1301 Noriega Street, San Francisco, CA 94112, 415-661-7588

Israel and Cohen Kosher Meat Market

5621 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94112, 415-752-3064 or 415-386-9722

Jacob's Kosher Meats

2435 Noriega Street San Francisco, CA 94112, 94112

Oakland Kosher Foods (also catering)

3256 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94018, 510-451-3883

Henry's Kosher Meats

1825 Park Blvd., Oakland, CA 94606, 510-832-6854

Kosher Meals by Mail

6300 Variel Ave., Suite D, Woodland Hills, CA 91367, 800-328-5747

Restaurants - Vegetarian Chinese

Shangri-La Cafe

2026 Irving St., San Francisco, CA, 415-753-9494

Lotus Garden

532 Grant Ave., San Francisco, CA 94108, 415-397-0707

Restaurants - Ashkenazi and Sephardi

Holy Land Kosher Restaurant

677 Rand Ave., nr. Grand Lake Theater, Oakland, CA 94610

Restaurants - Jewish/Kosher Delis and Middle-Eastern Food


420 Geary St. @ Mason, San Francisco, CA 94102, 415-776-2683

Pita King

1607 Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, 510-945-0386

Restaurants - Bagels

House of Bagels

At many locations throughout the Bay Area

Noah's Bagels

At many locations throughout the Bay Area
If you have any comments, please feel free to mail or call me.
Peter L. Rosencrantz (peterr@sco.com), x7601, 112/D140