Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story had the wrong phone number for Garnish Catering. The bug has been fixed.
Traditional Jewish foods are probably one of my favorite foods on earth. Latkes and matzo ball soup; Braised brisket, tzimmes (a mixture of sweet potatoes, carrots, shallots, orange juice and plums) and babka. Man do i love babka?
While I was raised Catholic and my wife, the Congregationalist, when we lived in Brooklyn, we relied on our Jewish landowners who lived upstairs to clean up the remnants of their Hanukkah and Rosh Hashanah celebrations.
This year we will miss them and these amazing foods they once shared with us. For this reason we order our own Hanukkah festival in one of the following restaurants. We believe this is a great way to support local restaurants and indulge in some of the best holiday fare.
Arnold’s Bar and Grill
Chef Kayla Robison offers her matzo ball ramen for dinner or to take away. Friday December 11th and Saturday December 12th. Pre-orders can be made all week by e-mail to [email protected]. 210 E. Eighth St., downtown; 513-421-6234; arnoldsbarandgrill.com.
The delicious dish
Hanukkah dinner to take away. Collection and delivery possible Thursday, December 10th – Friday, December 18th. A period of 72 hours is allowed for orders. Hanukkah boxes come in three varieties, including brisket, chicken, or a vegetarian version. All contain latkes and garlic bread sticks. $ 40 per box (for two people). A la carte options are also available. 1032 Madison Ave., Covington; 859-250-0881. [email protected]; delishdishcincy.com.
Hanukkah dinner to take away. Collection from 3pm to 6pm, Friday, December 11th through Friday, December 18th. Orders must be placed the evening before collection. The menu changes daily and includes braised pieces of grilled breast, legs of lamb grated with coriander, homemade corned beef and cabbage, parsnip and potato fritters as well as potato and spinach balls. Appetizers are $ 12 each unless otherwise noted. The pages cost $ 2.50 each and can be ordered à la carte. 9648 Kenwood Road, 513-791-2433. garnishcincinnati.com.
Closing date for orders is Tuesday, December 8th. Choose between braised beef brisket, Colombian-style tomato sauce or hearty noodle balls. Side dishes include coriander and cumin latkes with sour cream and applesauce, roasted Brussels sprouts, mixed green salad, poached pears, flavored candied walnuts, and sherry vinaigrette. The dessert consists of dark chocolate tart, almond crust and vanilla whipped cream. 45 USD per person. Pick-up Thursday December 10th – Saturday December 12th. 501 Race St., Downtown. 513-421-6482. mitas.co.
Hanukkah dinner to take away. Collection Monday, December 14th – Thursday, December 17th. Roasted White Meat and Dark Meat Confit Chicken with Chicken Jus; Latkes, sour cream, and applesauce; Beet and horseradish salad, carrots, mustard vinaigrette; Lard, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Walnuts, and Balsamic Vinegar; Apple and raisin challah bread. 40 USD per person. 1401 Republic St., across the Rhine; 513-621-7000; salazarcincinnati.com.
Hanukkah dinner to take away. Order by Friday, December 11th. Devil eggs, matzo ball soup, goat cheese and dried apricot salad, chicken schnitzel and Diablo sauce, potato fritters, applesauce and sour cream, roasted vegetables, chocolate pudding with pistachios. $ 42.50 per person. Available for pickup Thursday, December 10th-Sunday, December 13th, 2-6pm at 1437 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine; 513-213-2864; heiligebeastdiner.com.
Collection Tuesday, December 8th – Friday, December 18th Wine braised brisket, matzo ball soup, green beans with roasted shallots, traditional tzimmes, potato latkes, applesauce. $ 169.99. Served 8. Must order at least 48 hours in advance. Several locations. Wholefoodsmarket.com.
A word on latkes
When it comes to what makes a good latke, I think my friend the writer Gabriella Gershenson put it best in a piece she wrote for Saveur magazine in 2010. The best potato pancakes, she writes, are “not crushed and heavy”. .. instead they are thin and delicate, with sharp, pointed edges. ”
While latkes are always best made at home, here are a few options if you’re craving something right away. They may not all meet Gershenson’s high standards, but they are still damn tasty.
Izzy’s: We tend to forget that Izzy’s was among the first Jewish delis in Cincinnati, and has served classic Jewish food for more than a century. Your “potato pancakes” among them. $ 2.99. Opening times: Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed on sunday. Several locations. izzys.com.
The Kinneret Grill offers a mix of Israeli and classic Jewish / American cuisine, including authentic potato fries. $ 5.99. 4068 E. Galbraith Road. Opening times Sunday-Thursday, 11.30 a.m.-8 p.m. 513-827-6154. kinneretgrill.com.
Marx Hot Bagels: Yes, they are known for their bagels, but Marx also has potato pancakes. $ 2.55. 6 am-6pm; 9701 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash. 513-891-5542. marxhotbagels.com.