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Where to Eat in Dallas During Hanukkah

The city’s best bets for latkes, sufganiyot, and more

vodka and latkes
Sea Breeze [Official Photo]

Now for some good news: Hanukkah is coming. Now, Hanukkah is not one of those typical Jewish holidays that restricts food. No need to fast for 25 hours, cut out the bread or limit vodka intake to potato-only — Hanukkah is a feasting Jewish holiday where it is tradition to eat foods cooked in oil to commemorate the miracle wherein a tiny bit of oil for candles lasted eight days when it was really only enough for one.

For delicious fried foods and more, head to these bars, restaurants and local retailers offering Hanukkah-themed and Hanukkah-appropriate goodies and specialty items just in time for The Festival of Lights, which starts on the evening of Sunday, December 10 this year.

Rachel Pinn

Where to order up a full Hanukkah feast to-go

Eatzi’s — There’s a Christmas holiday menu at Eatzi’s, but there’s also a special Hanukkah menu available December 9-18 offering latkes and applesauce, Nutella babka, horseradish-crusted salmon, and more. Latkes can be quite the undertaking to make from scratch at home, so call or pop over to Eatzi’s, and let them do the cooking.

Where to go for latkes

The Market Local Comfort Cafe This vegetarian, kosher cafe on Preston near 635 will be offering large-sized Market Potato Latkes for $32 per dozen in classic potato and sweet potato varieties, plus topping options including citrus crème, apple chutney, and in-house smoked gravlax throughout the holiday (Friday evenings and Saturdays excluded, naturally).

Adaret or Cafe Fino — Latkes abound at these area kosher restaurants. For those who want the real deal (next to bubbe’s kitchen), heading to one of these is going to be a best bet.

Vodka & Latkes at Sea Breeze
Courtesy of Sea Breeze

Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill — The Oruch family is offering up a new twist on their Hanukkah offering this year, featuring Vodka & Latkes for $11, between December 10-17 (except for the 14th, because Sea Breeze is closed Mondays). Vodka & Latkes, available for lunch or dinner at the LakeSide market restaurant, features a combination of Oruch family recipe latkes and a classic Vesper cocktail.

Where to go for sufganiyot

Sufganiyot at Jaram’s
courtesy of Jaram’s Donuts

Jaram’sSufganiyot are traditional jelly-filled doughnuts that folks eat during Hanukkah due to the aforementioned fried food rule. Jaram’s in North Dallas is making some filled with lemon jelly, Nutella, Bavarian cream, and traditional raspberry jelly, and topped with a choice of glazed, chocolate glazed or pink strawberry icing. Order these online or call ahead.

Where to go for matzo ball soup

Cindi’s Deli or Deli News — Get a matzo ball soup fix at one of these two Jewish-style delis in town. Under the weather or not, cold temps call for hot soup, and a bowl of “Jewish Penicillin” sounds real good right about now.

Beverley’s Bistro & Bar — For a fancier bowl, visit Beverley’s on Fitzhugh where poached chicken and dill make an appearance along with the unmistakable balls, year-round. Note: the “Jew-ish” bistro also offers Caviar & Latkes with crème fraîche as an appetizer.

The chocolate dreidel sculpture at Kate Weiser Chocolates

For something else sweet

Cookies by Chrysta — Chrysta Miller of local, small-batch bakery Cookies by Chrysta will have Hanukkah-themed cookies available to purchase at a pop-up this Saturday at Bear Cave Coffee in Mesquite.

Kate Weiser Chocolate — This artsy chocolate shop is known for creative chocolate displays (including snowmen that have caught Oprah’s eye), and $25 chocolate dreidels are no different. Filled with chocolate gold coins and toffee bites, the interactive, edible art makes for a delicious surprise.

CocoAndre Chocolatier — The Oak Cliff chocolate shop has created dreidels packed with Hanukkah gelt, sold in-store or at Eatzi’s locations all over DFW.

Hanukkah Macarons at Bisous Bisous
Rachel Pinn

Bisous Bisous Patisserie — The chocolate-coconut macaroon-flavored macarons are back this year, brushed with a beautiful gold dusting and perfect for gifting.

J. Rae’s holiday cookie decorating kit
courtesy of J. Rae’s

J. Rae’s Bakery – J. Rae’s isn’t opening up its location on Lovers Lane until early 2021, but they are offering $25 holiday cookie decorating kits for Hanukkah (and Christmas!) via Alto delivery for $15 or for curbside pickup December 8-22 between noon and 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. Order for curbside pick up or delivery at www.jraesdfw.com.

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