Hanukkah starts December 8, and restaurants are gearing up with special holiday treats for the eight-day Festival of Lights. Sure, you can hit your favorite kosher spots, but this trusty goy reporter (forever scarred by mispronouncing “Maccabees” over the P.A. system in middle school) wanted to dig a little deeper and find other spots stepping up to the Hanukkah plate.
Vodka and latkes… together at last! Chef Akasha Richmond’s Culver City restaurant will be offering a special Hanukkah menu complete with winter cocktailslike the “Persimmon & Pom,” made with apple-cinnamon infused tru organic vodka, apple juice, cardamom, cloves, and—you guessed it—persimmons and pomegranate.
Small plates include chopped liver with shallot marmalade, and house-pickled herring with traditional accouterments. Choose from braised brisket with latkes, roasted carrots, and cipollini onions, or arctic char with pomegranate, Meyer lemon, lentil-rice pilaf, squash, and market greens. For those with room left, apple fritters and cinnamon ice cream are available for dessert.
Akasha, 9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City, AkashaRestaurant.com
Chef Don serves up a down-home Hanukkah feast in Silver Lake, featuring traditional pot-roasted pomegranate beef brisket, potato latkes with sour cream and applesauce, honey-glazed sweet potatoes and parsnips, plus some good ol’ gold foil-wrapped chocolate gelt.
Sunday, December 9, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., $19 per person
Barbrix, 2442 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles, barbrix.com
The Kosher Palate
California's very first fully supervised kosher farmers’ market booth will be at the Mar Vista Certified Farmers’ Market for a pop-up Hanukkah party complete with latkes, sufganiyot (amazing jelly donuts), and dreidles for all.
Sunday, December 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mar Vista Certified Farmers’ Market, Grand View Blvd. and Venice Blvd., Mar Vista
The Larder at Tavern
Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne have created a Hanukkah menu to go, offering a complete dinner menu for eight ($329) that contains latkes, braised brisket or roasted leg of lamb, as well as an assortment of sides and desserts that sound absolutely divine. (Think Moroccan beets with labneh, pine nuts, and olives and challah bread pudding with roasted quince and raisins.)
Other items are also available a la carte. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance and delivery can be arranged for orders over $100. (Details and full menu here.)
The Larder at Tavern, 11649 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, TavernLA.com
The certified kosher bakery is turning out their signature cupcakes decked out with blue and white buttercream frosting, and edible menorahs and dreidels on top. Coconut macaroons and festively decorated shortbread cookies are also available to order.
Magnolia Bakery, 8389 W 3rd St., Los Angeles, MagnoliaBakery.com