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The passover spread at Perbacco
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Where to Order Food for Passover This Year

A sit-down Passover seder at a Bay Area restaurant is no longer an option, but there’s still plenty of to-go matzo ball soup and brisket to be had

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2020 isn’t going to be the year for a big seder dinner with the extended family, or for a gathering around the table with 10 or 12 friends, as shelter-in-place guidelines and good sense demand that this year, Bay Area Passover observances remain small, household affairs.

For folks looking to ease the work of preparation (or just cut down on trips to the grocery store) several restaurants in Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco are instead offering Passover specials for takeout or delivery. Some are selling all-inclusive seder kits that even come with the candles and the flower arrangements, while others are making just one or two special items to supplement your own home-cooked feast. This list shows some of the best Bay Area Passover takeout options available for this year’s celebration of the holiday, which can still be joyful and celebratory even as we shelter in place.

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Che Fico

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Among its many other plaudits, Italian hot spot Che Fico has gotten a fair amount of buzz for the spotlight it’s placed on hard-to-find Roman Jewish dishes. So it’s no surprise that chef David Nayfeld would offer a special to-go Passover dinner on April 8: braised lamb shanks with couscous, plus other traditional Passover flavors (TBD) for the appetizer and dessert courses. The $50 family meal, meant to serve two to three people, is part of the chef’s ongoing free meals initiative — though those who can afford to pay for the dinners should do so.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar

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The Castro tapas bar is offering a four-course Passover menu for pickup or delivery for $49, with optional wine pairings at an additional cost. The meal, which includes matzo ball soup, matzo brei, roast duck breast, and chocolate-almond macaroon cake, will be available from April 7 to 16.

Canela’s matzo ball soup Canela

Delfina Restaurant

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The Cal-Italian icon famously hosts a big Passover seder feast in the Mission every year. This year that tradition will have to be broken, as the restaurant is temporarily closed during the COVID-19 crisis, but fans of owners Craig and Annie Stoll’s legendary matzo ball soup can take heart: They’re selling quart and half-gallon containers of the soup as a to-go item on April 7 and 8, available for pickup and delivery. The deadline to pre-order is April 6.

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

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The popular new-school Jewish deli has one of the most extensive slates of Passover offerings, running the gamut from a full seder kit (which, at $196, even includes the Shabbat candles, along with a 2.5-pound brisket) to individual items like potato kugel and housemade gefilte fish. The Passover menu is available for takeout and delivery orders between April 7 and April 16; East Bay customers can arrange for pickup at Beauty’s Bagel Shop on April 8, noon–3 p.m. only.

Oren's Hummus

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All of the Oren’s Hummus locations are offering a prix-fixe seder dinner ($75, or $29 for kids) for pickup or delivery on April 8, with a la carte items like brisket and matzo ball soup and even flower arrangements. The deadline to put in your pre-order is 5 p.m. on April 5.

Perbacco

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The menu isn’t online as of publication time, but the FiDi Italian restaurant will offer family Passover meals on the first two nights of Passover — April 8–9. The meals will be available for pickup or delivery (via Caviar), and they’ll be priced at $78 per two-person portion. The full meal will include the matzo ball soup, herb-roasted chicken, and an assortment of antipasto. Check the restaurant’s website closer to the date for additional details.

The passover spread at Perbacco Perbacco

Augie's Montreal Deli

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The Montreal-style smoke meat specialist is doing a Passover meal kit: $75 for an aluminum baking pan with brisket, vegetables, au jus, and creamy horseradish sauce. It’s meant to feed four to six people. Pre-order by emailing augiesmontrealdeli@gmail.com.

Beauty's Bagel Shop

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Though both of its locations are currently closed, the Oakland bagel shop will be baking matzo this year and selling it by the pound — $16 for an order that will feed four to six people. The Telegraph Avenue shop is also a pickup location for Wise Sons Passover orders, but only if you select a pickup date of April 8, between noon and 3 p.m.

From April 8–11, Mago is offering a $75 Passover family meal that’s meant to feed two to three people. It includes apple haroset, pickled eggs, matzo ball soup, brisket, and a pavlova. Order online.

Boichik Bagels

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Bagel-maker Emily Winston says she’ll be making one special Passover item and one item only: not-certified-Kosher-for-Passover matzo bark — that is, matzo that’s covered in toffee and chocolate, then sprinkled with flaky Maldon sea salt and almonds or sesame seeds. The bark should be available for the duration of the holiday, Winston says.

Market Hall Foods Oakland

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The Rockridge specialty food shop has a full Passover menu — everything from a $35 seder plate to slow-cooked brisket and charoset by the half-pint. Order online for pickup April 6–9.

Che Fico

Among its many other plaudits, Italian hot spot Che Fico has gotten a fair amount of buzz for the spotlight it’s placed on hard-to-find Roman Jewish dishes. So it’s no surprise that chef David Nayfeld would offer a special to-go Passover dinner on April 8: braised lamb shanks with couscous, plus other traditional Passover flavors (TBD) for the appetizer and dessert courses. The $50 family meal, meant to serve two to three people, is part of the chef’s ongoing free meals initiative — though those who can afford to pay for the dinners should do so.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar

Canela’s matzo ball soup Canela

The Castro tapas bar is offering a four-course Passover menu for pickup or delivery for $49, with optional wine pairings at an additional cost. The meal, which includes matzo ball soup, matzo brei, roast duck breast, and chocolate-almond macaroon cake, will be available from April 7 to 16.

Canela’s matzo ball soup Canela

Delfina Restaurant

The Cal-Italian icon famously hosts a big Passover seder feast in the Mission every year. This year that tradition will have to be broken, as the restaurant is temporarily closed during the COVID-19 crisis, but fans of owners Craig and Annie Stoll’s legendary matzo ball soup can take heart: They’re selling quart and half-gallon containers of the soup as a to-go item on April 7 and 8, available for pickup and delivery. The deadline to pre-order is April 6.

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

The popular new-school Jewish deli has one of the most extensive slates of Passover offerings, running the gamut from a full seder kit (which, at $196, even includes the Shabbat candles, along with a 2.5-pound brisket) to individual items like potato kugel and housemade gefilte fish. The Passover menu is available for takeout and delivery orders between April 7 and April 16; East Bay customers can arrange for pickup at Beauty’s Bagel Shop on April 8, noon–3 p.m. only.

Oren's Hummus

All of the Oren’s Hummus locations are offering a prix-fixe seder dinner ($75, or $29 for kids) for pickup or delivery on April 8, with a la carte items like brisket and matzo ball soup and even flower arrangements. The deadline to put in your pre-order is 5 p.m. on April 5.

Perbacco

The passover spread at Perbacco Perbacco

The menu isn’t online as of publication time, but the FiDi Italian restaurant will offer family Passover meals on the first two nights of Passover — April 8–9. The meals will be available for pickup or delivery (via Caviar), and they’ll be priced at $78 per two-person portion. The full meal will include the matzo ball soup, herb-roasted chicken, and an assortment of antipasto. Check the restaurant’s website closer to the date for additional details.

The passover spread at Perbacco Perbacco

Augie's Montreal Deli

The Montreal-style smoke meat specialist is doing a Passover meal kit: $75 for an aluminum baking pan with brisket, vegetables, au jus, and creamy horseradish sauce. It’s meant to feed four to six people. Pre-order by emailing augiesmontrealdeli@gmail.com.

Beauty's Bagel Shop

Though both of its locations are currently closed, the Oakland bagel shop will be baking matzo this year and selling it by the pound — $16 for an order that will feed four to six people. The Telegraph Avenue shop is also a pickup location for Wise Sons Passover orders, but only if you select a pickup date of April 8, between noon and 3 p.m.

Mägo

From April 8–11, Mago is offering a $75 Passover family meal that’s meant to feed two to three people. It includes apple haroset, pickled eggs, matzo ball soup, brisket, and a pavlova. Order online.

Boichik Bagels

Bagel-maker Emily Winston says she’ll be making one special Passover item and one item only: not-certified-Kosher-for-Passover matzo bark — that is, matzo that’s covered in toffee and chocolate, then sprinkled with flaky Maldon sea salt and almonds or sesame seeds. The bark should be available for the duration of the holiday, Winston says.

Market Hall Foods Oakland

The Rockridge specialty food shop has a full Passover menu — everything from a $35 seder plate to slow-cooked brisket and charoset by the half-pint. Order online for pickup April 6–9.

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