Just as folks finish cleaning their Thanksgiving plates, Hanukkah arrives three days later this year. 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 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, and wherein a tiny rebellion managed to fight and win against a much more powerful army.
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, November 28 this year.
Where to order up a full Hanukkah feast
Central Market – Between holiday catering and the pre-packaged, chef-prepared items, the gourmet grocer has Hanukkah covered. Dishes like braised brisket, smoked salmon breakfast casserole, noodle kugel, and both sweet and regular potato latkes are available for pre-order à la carte as well.
The Market Local Comfort Cafe — Chef Jordona Kohn prepares meals for families every week, but during Hanukkah she’ll be frying up far more favorites than usual, including classic Italian zeppole, citrus maple donut holes, fish and chips, and more. For the sweets, sides of coconut dulce de leche, and hot chocolate sauce are available for dipping. Call 469-677-5424 or email email@example.com to place your order.
Where to go for latkes
Adaret — Popular kosher restaurant, Adaret, will offer their parve (dairy-free, meat-free) latkes for $18 per dozen. Call 972-726-9800 to order with at least 24 hours' notice.
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 cured gravlax, throughout the holiday (Friday evenings and Saturdays excluded, naturally).
Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill — Sea Breeze is again offering up Vodka & Latkes for $14, for the entirety of the Festival of Lights, except for the 29th, 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 Strawberry Vodka Spritz. The latkes without the cocktail are available for $4.
Where to get sufganiyot
Jaram’s — Sufganiyot 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 them online or call ahead.
Bake Or — Home baker Orli Alali has sufganiyot in flavors traditional and creative. Call Alali at 469-662-6590 to score a dozen of her Oreo-topped versions.
Myriam’s Cuisine — Another home baker, Goldwyn creates beautiful cakes and Moroccan foods year-round, and her sufganiyot are not to be missed. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972-439-4026 to order.
Where to get a bowl of 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.
For something else sweet
Kate Weiser Chocolate — This artsy chocolate shop is known for creative chocolate displays (including snowmen that have caught Oprah’s eye), has introduced a 10-piece Hanukkah truffle collection this year.
CocoAndre Chocolatier — The Oak Cliff chocolate shop has created dreidels packed with chocolate gelt for Hanukkah. Pre-order for $20 until November 27.
Bisous Bisous Patisserie — The chocolate-coconut macaroon-flavored macarons — say that three times fast — are back again this year, brushed with a beautiful gold dusting and perfect for gifting. They’ll be available in-store after Friday, November 26.
J. Rae’s Bakery – J. Rae’s is offering their $35 holiday cookie decorating kits for Hanukkah packed with nine super-thick sugar cookies, three bags of icing, and three kinds of sprinkles. Pre-order by November 23rd by calling 214.654.0833