Delights available at Solomon’s Deli in Sacramento (Photo/Instagram-@solomonsdeli)
Delights available at Solomon’s Deli in Sacramento (Photo/Instagram-@solomonsdeli)

Solomon’s Deli opens (finally!); bagel pop-up at Tartine; kosher sourdough; etc.

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Nearly two years behind schedule, Solomon’s Deli opened July 1 in downtown Sacramento. Named after Tower Records founder Russ Solomon and located in the spot where the original Tower Records opened in 1960, the deli has a rock ’n’ roll theme. When it became apparent that the deli’s opening was going to be delayed, the Golden Group decided to open a smaller location in a food court in Davis in May 2018. This columnist especially loved the beet pastrami, chopped liver and whitefish salad, and looks forward to visiting the Sacramento Solomon’s, which has a much larger footprint. And, unlike the Davis location, it has an oven, so items like brisket, blintzes and latkes are on the dinner menu. It also has a full bar. Solomon’s Deli is at 730 K St. in Sacramento

Square Pie Guys, the Detroit-style pizza concept being brought to life by two Jewish pizza professionals, is opening July 16 in SoMa, Eater SF reported. Detroit-style is defined by its square shape and crispy edges. I first wrote about Marc Schechter and Danny Stoller when they put on an event to feed pizza to Oakland’s homeless last year.

For the first time, Covenant Wines is opening for wine tastings to the public on Sunday afternoons, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., with no appointment necessary. “The increasing visibility of our local ‘Drinks District’ wineries and their weekend tasting hours has certainly inspired us,” said Jeff Morgan, co-owner of the Berkeley-based kosher winery with his wife, Jodie. Covenant is located at 1102 Sixth St. in Berkeley.

The San Francisco Chronicle recently published the results of its bagel-tasting contest, and the winner was a tie between Oakland’s Beauty’s Bagels and Pearl 6101 restaurant and bakery in the city. Also in the Chronicle, Saul’s Deli was the only Jewish restaurant chosen for the newspaper’s annual 100 Best Restaurants in the Bay Area. This is the first time Saul’s has been included on the list.

Cover of "Little Book of Jewish Sweets" by Leah KoenigSpeaking of the Berkeley deli, Saul’s will host Leah Koenig, the Brooklyn-based cookbook author who is spending the summer in Berkeley. She will be celebrating the release of “The Little Book of Jewish Sweets” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23. The $10 cost includes wine from Covenant Wines and samples of recipes from the book, like orange and chocolate rugelach, black-and-white cookies and cardamom and pistachio-stuffed dates. Tickets are required to attend. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

In the busy bagel world, Nick Beitcher, head baker at the original Tartine Bakery location on Guerrero St. in San Francisco, is starting up his bagel pop-up, called Midnite Bagel, every other Wednesday evening in July and August. You can try his bagels at Tartine on July 17 and 31 and Aug. 14 and 28, starting at 7 p.m. Each will have a different focus, starting with “close-faced sandwiches with funky spreads.” Beitcher hopes to join the new class of those bringing a better bagel to the Bay. Beitcher, who has been at Tartine for seven years and cooked at Per Se and Chez Panisse before that, debuted his first bagel pop-up this spring. Pop-ups being what they are, dates are apt to change; check and @midnitebagel on Instagram.

Bread SRSLY, the Berkeley-based, gluten-free sourdough company owned by Sadie Scheffer, is now certified kosher by EarthKosher out of Boulder, Colorado. Bread SRSLY makes loaves both seeded and non, dinner rolls and a few other products, and can be found in the refrigerator case of many upscale Bay Area markets. Its products are available online at

Alix Wall
Alix Wall

Alix Wall is a contributing editor to J. She is also the founder of the Illuminoshi: The Not-So-Secret Society of Bay Area Jewish Food Professionals and is writer/producer of a documentary-in-progress called "The Lonely Child."