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Where to Eat Out (or Take Out) For Hanukkah

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Though it was slightly overshadowed this go-round by its once-in-a-lifetime collision with Thanksgiving, Hanukkah remains in full swing through Thursday night, giving diners ample opportunity to catch up on their latke intake. As is traditional, foods fried in oil (like the aforementioned potato pancakes or sufganiyot, jelly donuts topped with powdered sugar) are the centerpiece, but classic Jewish favorites like bagels and lox, chopped liver, kugel, matzo-ball soup, and more also make appearances. Whether it's latkes catered at home or a fancy seven-course artisanal feast, here's our essential guide to Hanukkah dining.


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1. Miller's East Coast Delicatessen

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1725 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 563-3542
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Latkes, kugel, matzo ball soup, blintzes, chopped liver, bagels and lox, brisket...there's no need for a special Hanukkah menu at Miller's, which offers these and many more iconic Jewish foods year-round. They also offer catering.

2. Baker & Banker

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1701 Octavia St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 351-2500
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Latkes, brisket, house-smoked trout, and matzo ball soup will all be available on B&B's $55 prix-fixe Hanukkah menu, which will run nightly until Thursday.

3. AQ Restaurant & Bar

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1085 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 341-9000
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Mark Liberman is going all out with a glitzy Hanukkah collaboration dinner tonight, featuring chefs from Deli Board, Baker & Banker, Commonwealth, and the Village Pub. Here's the menu. Tickets are $155 and include beverage pairings; call for availability.

4. Old World Food Truck

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Moving Target!
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 630-0205
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Unfortunately, this truck isn't mounting its Hanukkah pop-up dinners this year, but those celebrating at home can still order trays of potato or parsnip latkes, sufganiyot, and chicken or eggplant schnitzel sliders. More info here.

5. Delfina

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3621 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 552-4055
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Craig Stoll is serving family favorites a la carte on Delfina's menu through Thursday, including matzo ball soup, duck fat-fried latkes, brisket with cognac-soaked prunes and chestnuts, and even a few kosher wines.

6. Marla Bakery Kitchen Communal

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613 York St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-2253
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Amy Brown's sufganiyot are on the fancy side, with Meyer lemon cream or quince as flavor options. Grab one as a snack from the upstart bakery's new Mission window, or order a bunch online to feed a crowd.

7. Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

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3150 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 787-3354
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Wise Sons is on the ball for Hanukkah with plenty of latkes, Pinkie's Bakery sufganiyot in flavors like apple-quince, and of course, their standard matzo-ball soup, pastrami, and other delights. The Contemporary Jewish Museum location is equally well-equipped.

8. Paulie's Pickling

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331 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA
(415) 285-0800
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Latkes with cran-apple sauce and pumpkin cranberry kugel are among the Hanukkah specials at Paulie's; he's also got diners covered for chopped liver, brisket sandwiches, bagels with lox and schmear, and of course, pickles.

9. Beauty's Bagel Shop

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3838 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 788-6098
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Order up a pile of latkes from Beauty's for a holiday feast, complete with housemade applesauce. They're offering them for just $24 including the accoutrements, which is a pretty good deal; Donut Savant sufganiyot are also available, but call 24 hours in advance to ensure availability. More info here.

10. Grand Lake Kitchen

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576 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 922-9582
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This deli's evening menu will feature all the Hanukkah classics: matzoh ball soup, latkes, brisket with horseradish, and a smoked-trout dip with schmaltzed bagel chips. Those looking to mix it up can also dine on non-Hanukkah fare like braised chicken thighs with polenta, baked pasta, or arctic char crudo.

11. The Grand Bakery

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3264 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 93610
(510) 465-1110
Oakland's all-kosher bakery is the favorite of EBX critic Luke Tsai for their sufganiyot (theirs are stuffed with strawberry jam), and they'll also offer latkes and sugar cookies shaped like dreidels and stars of David.

12. Saul's Restaurant & Deli

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1475 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 848-3354
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Saul's is offering latkes to go every day of Hanukkah, as well as latke batter for those who'd rather fry up their own. Cranberry apple sauce, matzo ball soup, butternut squash soup, and sufganiyot are also available. More info here.

1. Miller's East Coast Delicatessen

1725 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Latkes, kugel, matzo ball soup, blintzes, chopped liver, bagels and lox, brisket...there's no need for a special Hanukkah menu at Miller's, which offers these and many more iconic Jewish foods year-round. They also offer catering.
1725 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

2. Baker & Banker

1701 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Latkes, brisket, house-smoked trout, and matzo ball soup will all be available on B&B's $55 prix-fixe Hanukkah menu, which will run nightly until Thursday.
1701 Octavia St
San Francisco, CA 94109

3. AQ Restaurant & Bar

1085 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Mark Liberman is going all out with a glitzy Hanukkah collaboration dinner tonight, featuring chefs from Deli Board, Baker & Banker, Commonwealth, and the Village Pub. Here's the menu. Tickets are $155 and include beverage pairings; call for availability.
1085 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

4. Old World Food Truck

Moving Target!, San Francisco, CA 94102
Unfortunately, this truck isn't mounting its Hanukkah pop-up dinners this year, but those celebrating at home can still order trays of potato or parsnip latkes, sufganiyot, and chicken or eggplant schnitzel sliders. More info here.
Moving Target!
San Francisco, CA 94102

5. Delfina

3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Craig Stoll is serving family favorites a la carte on Delfina's menu through Thursday, including matzo ball soup, duck fat-fried latkes, brisket with cognac-soaked prunes and chestnuts, and even a few kosher wines.
3621 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

6. Marla Bakery Kitchen Communal

613 York St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Amy Brown's sufganiyot are on the fancy side, with Meyer lemon cream or quince as flavor options. Grab one as a snack from the upstart bakery's new Mission window, or order a bunch online to feed a crowd.
613 York St
San Francisco, CA 94110

7. Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

3150 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Wise Sons is on the ball for Hanukkah with plenty of latkes, Pinkie's Bakery sufganiyot in flavors like apple-quince, and of course, their standard matzo-ball soup, pastrami, and other delights. The Contemporary Jewish Museum location is equally well-equipped.
3150 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

8. Paulie's Pickling

331 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA
Latkes with cran-apple sauce and pumpkin cranberry kugel are among the Hanukkah specials at Paulie's; he's also got diners covered for chopped liver, brisket sandwiches, bagels with lox and schmear, and of course, pickles.
331 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA

9. Beauty's Bagel Shop

3838 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
Order up a pile of latkes from Beauty's for a holiday feast, complete with housemade applesauce. They're offering them for just $24 including the accoutrements, which is a pretty good deal; Donut Savant sufganiyot are also available, but call 24 hours in advance to ensure availability. More info here.
3838 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609

10. Grand Lake Kitchen

576 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
This deli's evening menu will feature all the Hanukkah classics: matzoh ball soup, latkes, brisket with horseradish, and a smoked-trout dip with schmaltzed bagel chips. Those looking to mix it up can also dine on non-Hanukkah fare like braised chicken thighs with polenta, baked pasta, or arctic char crudo.
576 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

11. The Grand Bakery

3264 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 93610
Oakland's all-kosher bakery is the favorite of EBX critic Luke Tsai for their sufganiyot (theirs are stuffed with strawberry jam), and they'll also offer latkes and sugar cookies shaped like dreidels and stars of David.
3264 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 93610

12. Saul's Restaurant & Deli

1475 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
Saul's is offering latkes to go every day of Hanukkah, as well as latke batter for those who'd rather fry up their own. Cranberry apple sauce, matzo ball soup, butternut squash soup, and sufganiyot are also available. More info here.
1475 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709

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