Contributed by: Lisa Weinberger | Last Date of Travel: Presently living in Area
Where are the Kosher Places in Valley of the Sun?
Making the move from the Tri-State area where there were Kosher establishments to eat from Noah’s Ark and Veggie Heaven in Teaneck, NJ to the multiple choices of Kosher places located throughout NYC, moving to the Phoenix Metro area was a bit of a culture Kosher shock.
Kosher Info: There are only a few Kosher restaurants in the Phoenix Metro area. There are many “Kosher Style” restaurants but although a nice idea, these don’t pass for Kosher. Segal’s Kosher Foods sells and serves meat located at 4818 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ. In the same area of Phoenix, Imperial Kosher Market is the hub to getting the Kosher foods you are use to from the Tri-State area at a somewhat reasonable price. They carry a decent amount of items and cold cuts. Imperial is located at 1145 E Glendale Ave, Phoenix, AZ. Over in Scottsdale, there is Scottsdale Kosher Market which is a Kosher Market and a place where you can also sit down and eat. Again, not a full restaurant and pricing on their products are a little above and beyond. They are located at 10211 N Scottsdale Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ.
And the best find is a vegetarian place called Fresh Mint in Scottsdale which has its Vaad’as do the others. Fresh Mint has been opened for six (6) months and makes amazing vegetarian cuisine and is located at 13802 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ.
Trader Joe’s throughout the Valley of the Sun carries Empire meat products and Kosher wines. Phoenix also has their own Kosher bakery called Simply Bread. Their challah and artisan breads can be found at A.J. markets or the Kosher Markets around the Valley of the Sun. A few Websites to check out are http://JewishPhoenix.org or http://JewishHaz.com.
Tourist Info: Since I have lived in the Phoenix area for close to three (3) years, I have found some interesting areas to visit. The Friendship Japanese Garden located in downtown Phoenix, as well as Heritage Historic District, the Orpheum Theater, the Phoenix Library are all located within blocks of each other. There is the Phoenix Children’s Museum, the Arizona Science Center, Frank Lloyd Wright Museum and Wrigley Mansion all located in the Valley. If you are looking for places outside of Phoenix to visit, then I suggest the amazing colors of the Red Rocks of Sedona which does have a fairly large Jewish community, http://jcsvv.com as well.
You will need to rent a car as public transportation will not get you to every place you want to visit. When in the Valley of the Sun, a car is a must. If you plan to stay in the downtown general area, then a bicycle could work as well.
Jewish Info: While visiting the Valley of the Sun, there are many synagogues ranging from Reformed to Orthodox and Chabad. The synagogues are located mainly in Scottsdale and Central Phoenix. There are a few sporadic temples and Chabad organizations in the outside areas of these two, but most of the Jewish places of worship will be found in Scottsdale and Central Phoenix.