Hanukkah is not one of the Jewish holidays that restricts food. There’s 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 a miracle wherein a tiny bit of oil for candles lasted eight days when there was only enough for one, as well as another miracle wherein a little rebellion managed to fight and win against a much more powerful army.
This year, Hanukkah begins on Sunday, December 18 and ends on Monday, December 26.
For delicious bites, head to these places for Hanukkah-themed and appropriate goodies just in time for the Festival of Lights.
Where to go for latkes
The popular kosher restaurant Adaret offers its parve (dairy-free, meat-free) latkes for $18 per dozen. Call 972-726-9800 to order.
The Market Local Comfort Cafe
This vegetarian, kosher cafe offers large-sized potato latkes for $32 per dozen in classic and sweet potato varieties. They come with topping options, including citrus creme, apple chutney, and in-house cured gravlax throughout the holiday (Friday evenings and Saturdays excluded, naturally).
Sea Breeze Fish Market and Grill
Sea Breeze is again offering up vodka and latkes for $14 for the entirety of the Festival of Lights. For lunch or dinner at the LakeSide market restaurant, the special combines Oruch family recipe latkes and a classic vesper cocktail. The latkes are also available without a cocktail for $4.
Beverly’s Bistro and Bar
After Alexa Alfia from Love Is Blind season 3 sang the praises of the latke and matzo ball soup at this spot, it’s become a go-to. If you’re looking to splurge a little, the menu features latkes topped with caviar.
Where to get sufganiyot
Sufganiyot are traditional jelly-filled doughnuts that folks eat during Hanukkah, thanks to their being fried. 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.
The Salty Donut
The Bishop Arts doughnut shop adds strawberry jam-filled, powdered sugar-dusted mini sufganiyot to their holiday menu from December 19 to the 24th to celebrate Hanukkah.
For something else sweet
The Market Local Comfort Cafe
Chef Jordona Kohn will fry classic Italian zeppole, beignets, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order.
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. They are perfect for gift-giving.
Kate Weiser Chocolate
This artsy chocolate shop is known for creative chocolate displays (including snowmen that caught Oprah’s eye) and has brought back its 10-piece Hanukkah-wrapped truffle collection this year.
Stock up on decorated cookies or cookie decorating kits, full-size cakes, cupcakes, and more for Hanukkah. Now available for preorder on its website.
To order up a full Hanukkah feast
Between holiday catering and the pre-packaged, chef-prepared items, the gourmet grocer has Hanukkah covered with its holiday catering menu. Dishes such as braised brisket, smoked salmon breakfast casserole, noodle kugel, and sweet and regular potato latkes are also available for pre-order a la carte.