When Hanukkah starts on December 10, those observing the holiday will no doubt be eating their latkes and noodle kugel safely at home. Thanks to an array of restaurants offering as-good-as-gourmet meals to go, the festival of light doesn’t have to be any less bright. So get out your menorahs, stock up on skinny candles, and say a blessing that we can leave the house next holiday season.
And you don’t need to pair your holiday feast with old Manischewitz—many of these meals can be ordered with wine or pre-mixed specialty cocktails.
This healthy haven in Culver City from celebrity chef Akasha Richmond and partner/husband Alan Schulman is serving its legendary annual “Vodkes and Latkes,” the latter made with Yukon gold potatoes and served with apple sauce from Fair Hills Farms. And what exactly constitutes a Hanukkah vodka cocktail? The names say it all: Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel with Mulholland vodka, the Jelly Donut with apricot jam and cranberry-infused vodka, and more. All cocktails the are pre-mixed and sold in 12-ounce servings (enough for two or three) for $25 apiece.
The menu includes dishes for both carnivores and vegans: chopped chicken liver or vegan green pea & walnut vegan faux “liver”; chicken tagine with citrus, saffron, and olives or vegetable tagine; and cauliflower couscous and red lentils with roasted vegetables and toasted almonds. For dessert: an assortment of Hanukkah cookies including coconut macaroons, chocolate-hazelnut rugelach, and more. Dishes are ordered à la carte and can serve two to four people (see online menu for details). 9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City; available through Tock.
Santa Monica’s famous home for baked goods is offering a special Hanukkah menu from December 10 through 18. Most of the dishes serve four and include delights like Mary’s organic lemon-and-herb-braised chicken thighs; Creekstone farms braised brisket; sweet delicata squash; noodle kugel, and more. Desserts include a box of cinnamon sugar doughnut holes, caramelized persimmon cheesecake (gluten free), vanilla bean chocolate rye financier cookies, chocolate ganache, and a cookie decorating kit that includes shortbread dreidels and blue plant-based icing for decorating that home-schooled kids will surely appreciate. Note: Orders must be placed by 3 p.m. and within 72 hours before your desired pick-up date. 1014 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; order by phone (310-451-2311) or email.
This Santa Monica spot—one of our favorite new restaurants of 2019—is offering a five-course dinner of slow-cooked brisket, noodle kugel, beet salad, roasted carrots, and apple sunchoke cake. If that’s too much for you and your crew, all the Hanukkah dinner items are available a la carte, along with matzo ball soup and latkes. Note: Orders for December 10 through 13 must be placed by December 6; orders for December 14 through 18 have to be placed by December 13. Be sure to add wine and/or cocktails to the order. 2421 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; order through Tock.
A Chinese restaurant with a name like this has to be Hanukkah friendly, right? If East Coast Chinese sounds like the ideal holiday meal, be sure to pair it with a pint of Dr. Dre(idel) ice cream, a collab between GC, Coolhaus, and DK’s Donuts, with a vanilla base, doughnut pieces, and strawberry jam (a take on sufganiyot). It will be available from December 10 through December 20 for $10 a pint. The perfect follow up to some holiday lo mein. 740 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax; order through their website.
While the Skirball is currently closed to the public because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum is offering Hanukkah treats for pick up as part of its annual Hanukkah celebration (which has gone virtual this year) on December 13. Offerings include a dozen or two dozen potato latkes lox, lump caviar, crème fraiche, and applesauce; and a sweet box with raspberry sufganiyot, dreidel and star of David cookies, and chocolate gelt for the kids. Note: Pre-orders have to be placed by December 9, and pick up will be scheduled in 15 minute increments on the 13th. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood; order through their website.
Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s beloved restaurant may be closed, but their fabulous catering lives on. Their Hanukkah dinner for six includes potato latkes, braised beef brisket with horseradish cream, fingerling potatoes, Moroccan beets, roasted root vegetables, braided challah bread, and apple-cranberry crumble with cider crème fraiche. You can also tack on a dozen hand-painted Hanukkah cookies. The dinner package is available December 10 through 12 and 17 through 19. 345 North Maple Drive, Beverly Hills; available through Tock.
Everyone’s favorite Jeff Bezos-owned grocery store offers a special Hanukkah brisket dinner for eight, which includes wine-braised brisket, matzo ball soup, green beans with roasted shallots, traditional tzimmes (chopped carrots with plums), potato latkes, and applesauce. Individual briskets are available and vegans can try their cremini mushroom roast, miso creamed greens, pumpkin curry soup and coconut sweet potato casserole. Note: Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance. Multiple locations; order through their website.
Chef Suzanne Tracht will be cooking up her famous latkes for takeout between December 10 and 18—and, possibly, other Hanukkah treats. For details, check their website. 8225 Beverly Blvd., Beverly Grove.
Both Wexler’s locations—Santa Monica and Grand Central Market in DTLA—are doing Hanukkah dinners for takeout and delivery, featuring braised holiday brisket, crispy potato latkes, roasted heirloom carrots with honey and rosemary, matzo ball soup, a large market salad, and six chocolate babka. 317 S. Broadway, downtown; 616 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; order through their website.
Reopened after a long pandemic closure, Freedman’s starts preorders for its family-style Hanukkah dinners, like, now (i.e. December 4) to be enjoyed December 10 through 12. Available for either two or four people, the dinner includes the restaurant’s famed glazed brisket or whole roasted chicken, alongside sesame challah with seaweed butter, the Freedman’s latke; matzo ball soup; green salad with pickled cucumber, avocado, celery, and everything spice; and, roasted carrots with honey vinegar and braised golden raisins. Options to add on include guava cheesecake, ice-cold martinis, and bottles of natural wine. 2619 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake; available through Tock.
It’s Hanukkah every day at Canter’s, where brisket, brisket sandwiches, challah, lox, matzo ball soup, potato pancakes with applesauce, and rugelach are always on the menu. So you won’t be able to nosh in the Kibitz Room this year, but you can still kibitz at home. 419 N. Fairfax; order through their website.
Nosh on traditional Jewish deli fare from one of L.A.’s most popular spots, serving potato pancakes, lox and bagels, etc. And, hey, if you want french fries and pickles with that order, go for it. 414 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills; order through their website.
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