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15 Bay Area Restaurants Where You Can Stock Up on Groceries and Pantry Staples

In the time of the coronavirus shutdown, your favorite restaurant might double as a general store

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We all know that coronavirus-spurred shutdown of dining rooms across the Bay Area has restaurants struggling to make enough money from takeout and delivery to keep the lights on — and at the same time, we’ve seen the crowds of customers jamming into the local grocery stores. So, what’s an enterprising chef to do but turn their restaurant or bakery into grocery store during this time of sheltering in place?

That’s the solution that several restaurants have hit on anyway, as chefs use their farm and wholesale connections to set up miniature grocery and specialty foods operations on their premises, offering customers another way to procure fresh produce and hard-to-find pantry staples like flour, eggs, and, yes, even toilet paper. Call it the “general store” model of coping with the COVID-19 crisis.

Here, then, are 15 restaurants — nine in SF and six in the East Bay — that have successfully made the shift.

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1. Sorrel

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3228 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 525-3765
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The upscale Italian-influenced California cuisine restaurant is offering a full slate of charcuterie-forward “picnic packs,” as well as a range of mostly housemade pantry goods: pickled peppers, confit cherry tomatoes, duck prosciutto, dried pasta, and, perhaps most notably, a small selection of housemade pasta sauces. Order online.

2. Che Fico Alimentari

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834 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 416-6980
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The sister restaurant to its buzzy upstairs neighbor, the Alimentari was also conceived to be a market for wine, salumi, bread, and other housemade provisions, and it’s kept that up during the pandemic, offering a range of Italian and local cheeses, cured meats, and housemade pastas. Order online.

3. Nopa

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560 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 864-8643
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The Cal cuisine institution is now only offering a limited selection of hot food, shifting much of its focus to offer a robust selection of prepared foods and pantry items: thick-cut steaks, seasoned burger patties, fresh pasta (with Bolognese to heat up at home), beet hummus, and boxes of fresh produce from Tomatero Farm. Order online and pick up at the restaurant.

4. Lazy Bear

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3416 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 874-9921
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The Michelin-starred Mission District supper club now mainly operates as the Lazy Bear Camp Commissary, which sells breakfast, lunch, dinner kits, cocktails, and, yes, an assortment of pantry staples, including take-and-bake cinnamon rolls and confit legs.

5. The Italian Homemade Company

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716 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 712-8874
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All five Bay Area locations of the Italian pasta and comfort food specialist are open for takeout and delivery, including its original North Beach spot. In addition to its usual selection of pasta dishes, the restaurant is now also selling tubs of pasta sauce and an array of imported Italian foodstuffs that are perfect for COVID-19 pantry cooking: canned beans and tuna, dried pasta, risotto, and olive oil.

6. Mister Jiu's

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28 Waverly Pl
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 857-9688
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Brandon Jew’s Michelin-starred Chinatown restaurant is now running a grocery/pantry service called Jiu’s Ho Ho that includes prepared food items like lap yok (Chinese bacon), Lanzhou chili crisps, hot and sour soup, and frozen potstickers. There’s a small selection of fresh produce too. Order online.

7. Churn Urban Creamery

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2646 San Bruno Ave
San Francisco, CA 94134

The Portola District scoops shop has leaned hard into the whole pivot-to-groceries thing and is now offering contactless curbside pickup on bags of produce and a wide selection of now-difficult-to-find pantry staples: flour, yeast, milk, eggs, rice, and, yes, even toilet paper. Oh, and you can still buy ice cream too. Order online.

8. Verjus

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528 Washington St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 944-4600
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The market side of one of 2019’s buzziest new restaurants is open Tuesday through Saturday, 2–8 p.m. and offers a much more robust selection of pantry products than it did in pre-COVID days. It’s selling produce from the restaurant’s farm in Bolinas, local and imported cheeses, milk and butter, sausages, tinned fish, and (often fairly fancy) pantry items like imported sea salt, black truffle peelings, farro, and lentils. Walk in or order online.

9. The Barrel Room

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415 Sansome St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 956-6900
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The FiDi wine bar offers a fairly extensive selection of produce, meat and seafood, and specialty items like housemade pasta sauces and salad dressings. Order online for pickup or home delivery.

10. Bartavelle Coffee & Wine Bar

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1603 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 524-2473
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The cafe and wine bar is selling pantry provisions out of its annex space, just a couple doors down at 1609 San Pablo Avenue. They’ve got eggs, cured meats, housemade aioli, and assorted pickles, jams, and tinned fish. Order online for pickup Thursday through Saturday, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

11. Augie's Montreal Deli and Tap Room

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875 Potter St
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 984-0283
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The Montreal-style deli in West Berkeley has shifted its business model to emphasize vacuum-packed meats, frozen foods (like matzo ball soup), produce, and pantry items like flour, sugar, matzo meal, and even things like Clorox cleaning spray, and non-medical-grade face masks. See the current list of offerings here, and text orders to 510-984-0283.

12. The Cook and Her Farmer

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510 9th St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 285-6140
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In addition to its takeout menu, the Swan’s Market restaurant now carries a fairly extensive selection of pantry essentials: organic Josey Baker flour, pastured eggs, loaves of bread, and pantry staples like canned tomatoes and bags of rice. There are also raw, unshucked oysters available for purchase, along with housemade products like jam, chicken stock, and fermented hot sauce.

13. Chez Panisse

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1517 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 548-5525
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In addition to its new Friday lunchtime sandwich operation, the Berkeley Cal cuisine institution is also selling a $40 curated produce box and a selection of fruit from high-profile local farms — plus things like roasted almonds and marinated olives. Pre-order online for Friday–Sunday pickup.

14. Fish & Bird Sousaku Izakaya

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2451 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 705-1539
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The downtown Berkeley izakaya boasts a wide array of takeout options, including a number of prepared dishes to reheat at home. It’s also selling an assortment Asian produce from Hikari Farms, frozen wagyu steak, and pantry staples like rice, dried beans, and yeast. Order online.

15. Sequoia Diner

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3719 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619
(510) 482-3719
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One of Oakland’s most esteemed brunch spots has launched a grocery component to its business called Sequoia Provisions, offering things like instant yeast, pasture-raised eggs, house-cured bacon and sausages, butter by the pound, and pints of cooked Rancho Gordo beans. Order online.

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1. Sorrel

3228 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Read Review |

The upscale Italian-influenced California cuisine restaurant is offering a full slate of charcuterie-forward “picnic packs,” as well as a range of mostly housemade pantry goods: pickled peppers, confit cherry tomatoes, duck prosciutto, dried pasta, and, perhaps most notably, a small selection of housemade pasta sauces. Order online.

3228 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94115

2. Che Fico Alimentari

834 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

The sister restaurant to its buzzy upstairs neighbor, the Alimentari was also conceived to be a market for wine, salumi, bread, and other housemade provisions, and it’s kept that up during the pandemic, offering a range of Italian and local cheeses, cured meats, and housemade pastas. Order online.

834 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

3. Nopa

560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

The Cal cuisine institution is now only offering a limited selection of hot food, shifting much of its focus to offer a robust selection of prepared foods and pantry items: thick-cut steaks, seasoned burger patties, fresh pasta (with Bolognese to heat up at home), beet hummus, and boxes of fresh produce from Tomatero Farm. Order online and pick up at the restaurant.

560 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

4. Lazy Bear

3416 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

The Michelin-starred Mission District supper club now mainly operates as the Lazy Bear Camp Commissary, which sells breakfast, lunch, dinner kits, cocktails, and, yes, an assortment of pantry staples, including take-and-bake cinnamon rolls and confit legs.

3416 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

5. The Italian Homemade Company

716 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

All five Bay Area locations of the Italian pasta and comfort food specialist are open for takeout and delivery, including its original North Beach spot. In addition to its usual selection of pasta dishes, the restaurant is now also selling tubs of pasta sauce and an array of imported Italian foodstuffs that are perfect for COVID-19 pantry cooking: canned beans and tuna, dried pasta, risotto, and olive oil.

716 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

6. Mister Jiu's

28 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108

Brandon Jew’s Michelin-starred Chinatown restaurant is now running a grocery/pantry service called Jiu’s Ho Ho that includes prepared food items like lap yok (Chinese bacon), Lanzhou chili crisps, hot and sour soup, and frozen potstickers. There’s a small selection of fresh produce too. Order online.

28 Waverly Pl
San Francisco, CA 94108

7. Churn Urban Creamery

2646 San Bruno Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134

The Portola District scoops shop has leaned hard into the whole pivot-to-groceries thing and is now offering contactless curbside pickup on bags of produce and a wide selection of now-difficult-to-find pantry staples: flour, yeast, milk, eggs, rice, and, yes, even toilet paper. Oh, and you can still buy ice cream too. Order online.

2646 San Bruno Ave
San Francisco, CA 94134

8. Verjus

528 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94111

The market side of one of 2019’s buzziest new restaurants is open Tuesday through Saturday, 2–8 p.m. and offers a much more robust selection of pantry products than it did in pre-COVID days. It’s selling produce from the restaurant’s farm in Bolinas, local and imported cheeses, milk and butter, sausages, tinned fish, and (often fairly fancy) pantry items like imported sea salt, black truffle peelings, farro, and lentils. Walk in or order online.

528 Washington St
San Francisco, CA 94111

9. The Barrel Room

415 Sansome St, San Francisco, CA 94111

The FiDi wine bar offers a fairly extensive selection of produce, meat and seafood, and specialty items like housemade pasta sauces and salad dressings. Order online for pickup or home delivery.

415 Sansome St
San Francisco, CA 94111

10. Bartavelle Coffee & Wine Bar

1603 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

The cafe and wine bar is selling pantry provisions out of its annex space, just a couple doors down at 1609 San Pablo Avenue. They’ve got eggs, cured meats, housemade aioli, and assorted pickles, jams, and tinned fish. Order online for pickup Thursday through Saturday, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

1603 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702

11. Augie's Montreal Deli and Tap Room

875 Potter St, Berkeley, CA 94710

The Montreal-style deli in West Berkeley has shifted its business model to emphasize vacuum-packed meats, frozen foods (like matzo ball soup), produce, and pantry items like flour, sugar, matzo meal, and even things like Clorox cleaning spray, and non-medical-grade face masks. See the current list of offerings here, and text orders to 510-984-0283.

875 Potter St
Berkeley, CA 94710

12. The Cook and Her Farmer

510 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607

In addition to its takeout menu, the Swan’s Market restaurant now carries a fairly extensive selection of pantry essentials: organic Josey Baker flour, pastured eggs, loaves of bread, and pantry staples like canned tomatoes and bags of rice. There are also raw, unshucked oysters available for purchase, along with housemade products like jam, chicken stock, and fermented hot sauce.

510 9th St
Oakland, CA 94607

13. Chez Panisse

1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

In addition to its new Friday lunchtime sandwich operation, the Berkeley Cal cuisine institution is also selling a $40 curated produce box and a selection of fruit from high-profile local farms — plus things like roasted almonds and marinated olives. Pre-order online for Friday–Sunday pickup.

1517 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709

14. Fish & Bird Sousaku Izakaya

2451 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

The downtown Berkeley izakaya boasts a wide array of takeout options, including a number of prepared dishes to reheat at home. It’s also selling an assortment Asian produce from Hikari Farms, frozen wagyu steak, and pantry staples like rice, dried beans, and yeast. Order online.

2451 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704

15. Sequoia Diner

3719 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619

One of Oakland’s most esteemed brunch spots has launched a grocery component to its business called Sequoia Provisions, offering things like instant yeast, pasture-raised eggs, house-cured bacon and sausages, butter by the pound, and pints of cooked Rancho Gordo beans. Order online.

3719 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619

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