To those who observe the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah Sameach! It started this week (Nov. 28–Dec. 6), which means many are in search of the traditional treats to eat during the holiday. Whether you’re going out or staying in—or just in need of a sweet or savory nosh—look to these local spots for your Hanukkah festivities. As always, place your orders and make your reservations early.
Sufganiyot, or fluffy, powdered sugar-topped doughnuts filled with jelly or custard, are deep-fried treats you’ll see during the Hanukkah holiday. Jaram’s boasts many flavors: ones crammed with raspberry or lemon jelly, others covered in chocolate glaze with a Bavarian cream center. Take a peek at the full lineup here.
The sufganiyot, here filled with raspberry jam and dusted in powdered sugar, are just three bucks a piece at this Fort Worth doughnut shop.
Bisous Bisous Patisserie
Shimmery blue-hued chocolate and coconut macarons are just the order for the week’s festivities.
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Empire Baking Co.
At this local bakeshop find star-shaped shortbread with blue-sugar topping, matzo bark (chocolate, caramel, and a nutty-fruity crunch all layered on a matzo cracker), and chocolate babka—a decadent, chocolate-laced, butter-rich brioche dough, twisted into a delicate spiral.
Sea Breeze Fish Market and Grill
The Plano restaurant will have a modern twist on Hanukkah this year with its Vodka and Latkes special (available every night this week for lunch and dinner). For $14, get a spritz made with Hanson Vodka, Fragoletta Wild Strawberry Liqueur, and prosecco alongside latkes. Without the cocktail, latkes are $4.
The Market Local Comfort Cafe
This cafe helmed by Jordona Kohn will have the whole pastry case packed with challah, rolls, bagels, babka, plus special Market potato latkes ($32 per dozen) that can be topped with apple chutney, citrus creme, or house-cure gravlax.
Served with sour cream and applesauce, the potato pancakes (a trio for $12) are, per the trusty, non-biased menu, “The Best.” Round out your order with matzo ball soup, whitefish salad, or chopped herring. For a larger crowd, get a smoked fish platter (baked salmon, whitefish, sable and Nova served with assorted bagels, cream cheese, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, radishes, potato salad and cole slaw).
Smoked whitefish salad, caviar and latkes, matzo ball soup—Greg Katz’ Uptown brasserie has such Jewish fare perennially, but ‘tis the season for celebration. Dine in or order curbside pickup.
The Mediterranean kosher restaurant will have latkes available ($18 per dozen, with 24-hours advance order).
Or: Make Classic Potato Latkes at Home
Follow this recipe from Tina Wasserman, author of Entree to Judaism: A Culinary Exploration of the Jewish Diaspora, for a nice batch of fried latkes.