Each spring, Jewish families traditionally celebrate Passover with a big, sit-down Seder. If your usual routine involves a meal out at an L.A. restaurant, the COVID-19 pandemic is putting a dent in those plans.
Usually conducted over two nights, Passover Seder is all about unique dishes that symbolize the holiday: gefilte fish, potato kugel, roast chicken, tzimes (carrot stew), matzo and matzo ball soup. L.A. restaurants that serve Passover dinner are always packed. This year, that option has been eliminated, so it’s all about takeout and delivery.
Many L.A. restaurants are sold out for Wednesday night, but some are cooking meals to-go for Thursday night, Friday night, and some for the entirety of Passover.
Huckleberry in Santa Monica, home of many fabulous baked goods, is sold out for Wednesday April 8, the first night of the Jewish “Pesach,” but they’re still taking orders by phone for the remainder of Passover between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The menu includes braised beef brisket, herb roasted chicken, garlic roasted broccoli, matzo ball soup, potato pancakes, apple sauce, flourless apple honey upside down cake, flourless chocolate brownies, and gluten-free coconut macaroons. 310-451-2311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chef Suzanne Tracht’s Passover take-out menu goes from April 8 to 16, but orders have to be placed 24 hours in advance. Unlike several other to-go menus, Jar’s is a la carte, with braised lamb shank ($44), pot roast ($35), matzo crusted chicken paillard ($30), and matzo ball soup ($12); all the main entrees include roasted carrots with sweet potato and prunes and pea tendrils. Dessert is coming special: chocolate covered matzo with pecans, toffee and salt ($30). 323-655-6566 or email email@example.com.
The Fairfax Avenue Jewish deli would be packed every night of Passover…if they were open. Alas—oy gevalt—you can still take out brisket, chicken, or turkey dinners that include matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, and adds-ons such as potato pancakes. They’re also selling boxes of kosher-for-Passover matzo and Manischewitz wine. 323-651-2030, or use Waiter or Postmates to order.
Adam Lang’s steakhouse on Vine Street in Hollywood will be serving Passover brisket and matzo ball soup to-go all this week, but be advised that they’re closed Sundays and Mondays. Their a la carte menu is online, and they are delivering via Postmates and Grubhub. 323-416-1280.
The famed Beverly Hills restaurant is offering its “complete Passover kit” for curbside takeout and delivery for $125 per person, which gets you wine, gefilte fish, chicken, vegetable soup with matzo balls, roasted Ora King Salmon with a ginger almond crust, braised beef short rib, vegetable ratatouille and roasted Moroccan carrots, coconut macaroons, Vahrona chocolate soufflé cake, chocolate almond bark, chocolate-chocolate chip chewy meringues, and whipped crème fraiche and berries. The kits also includes Passover candles (8, one for each night), and a link to Rabbi Rachlis and Canor Braier’s online Seder ceremony so you can follow along. They’re sold out for Wednesday, but still available for Thursday. Reserve through Tock.
The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel
With 24-hours notice, the Beverly Hills institution will create a takeout Seder dinner for four with matzo ball soup, braised carrots, potato kugel, roast brisket, and lamb shank, plus two desserts. They’re doing an Easter takeout menu, too. 310-887-2777.