Readers’ Choice 2020: Specialty/Gourmet Market

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(locations around S.F.)

“Creating Community Through Food” is the lifelong pursuit of Bi-Rite, which has been a San Francisco fixture for 80 years. Those years have been loaded with growth and changes and they never lost sight that serving their community is always the most important thing. They feature farm-direct foods that are freshly cooked and served with the hospitality of a restaurant. When you enter one of the their markets, it’s clear that they walk their talk — lead with love, pursue with passion and act with integrity. Complete with a renowned creamery, the market also offers nutrition and basic cooking classes for free to low-income kids, teens and adults.



Rockridge Market Hall


(510) 250-6000  •

Rockridge Market Hall, conveniently located next to Oakland’s Rockridge BART station, is in the style of European markets, with sidewalk café seating and nine specialty stores. One-stop shopping with gourmet shops including a bakery, coffee roaster, fish market, butcher, specialty and cheese shop, and wine. Makes for a fun afternoon of food shopping for an outstanding meal. Currently offering pickup and delivery during SIP with lots of great gourmet menu items to satisfy any taste, as well as Jewish holiday meals.



Draeger’s Market


Draeger’s, specializing in gourmet fare, has three stores on the Peninsula and another in Danville. The stores offer more than 300 cheeses and 2,500 wines, plus a bakery, cookware and online cooking classes, and a restaurant in the San Mateo store. It’s hard to find a more interesting and diverse grocery store anywhere.




(Various locations)

Need a special ingredient for that new recipe? Check out your local Nugget Market, with many hard-to-find items in addition to a wide selection of organic and conventional goods. The fresh-to-market beef and chicken are top shelf and reasonably priced, and the specialty cheeses are certain to delight the most discriminating palate. A cool feature on their website: aisle listings, with lists from every store and location of the desired item.

Mollie Stone’s Markets

(Various locations)

Returning again for another year to J.’s Readers’ Choice list (this makes 15), Mollie Stone’s remains a Bay Area favorite, with stores in San Francisco, the North Bay and on the Peninsula. What makes them so special in the hearts and minds of our readers? How about the way they cater to kosher customers, with a kosher butcher (in the Palo Alto store) as well as their huge selection for Passover and year-round Jewish favorite foods? Started in 1986, Mollie Stone’s continues to provide “the best of both worlds” of the necessities and the delicacies that customers want.

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