Hey, do you remember when the pandemic started when everyone said this year would be a Passover like no other? Well, here we are still, sitting at home and maybe needing more comfort and light. Hanukkah takes place from December 10th to 18th. Many restaurants, delis and bakeries traditionally celebrate with special menus and dishes, from large family spreads to the smallest chocolate coins.

If you’d prefer to braise your own brisket, these butcher shops pack high quality cuts, and the new Wise Sons cookbook comes with a Bubbie-approved recipe. But if you’d prefer to leave the deep-frying to someone else, there are golden latkes and donuts. You can also feast here during the festival of lights in this dark year.

Wise sons

Wise sons

The ubiquitous modern Jewish deli in the Bay Area offers a full family meal of challah, latkes, roasted brisket, Brussels sprouts and deli squash, and sufganiyah (jelly donuts, of course). Four people are generously fed with $ 150. Smaller groups can also order directly from the full catering menu, which includes delicatessen favorites such as half a liter of smoked trout or a pound of pastrami.

Matzo ball soup at Saul's

Ellen Jaskol

Saul’s Deli

This old school Berkeley establishment has a full vacation menu served deli-style with latkes by the dozen, pan-fried noodle ball, braised brisket and chicken, and blintze, babka and sufganiyah. And while they may make an effort to get orders early, they also offer roadside pickups for seniors.

Jen Fedrizzi for Bi-Rite

Bi rite

After winning Thanksgiving with a TV turkey dinner, the Bi-Rite grocery store is back with more holiday meals. In solidarity with solo travelers, a brisket TV dinner includes brisket, rosemary potatoes, and glazed carrots for just $ 19.99. But there are also brisket per pound, as many or as few latkes as you like, and chocolate and almond kugelach.


The hot Kal-Italian restaurant has always served satisfying family dishes, and the holidays are no exception. They pack latkes, beet salad, fried chicken, challah, and gel that serve four people for $ 200. But it’s worth throwing in a chocolate hazelnut babka.

Delfina Pizzeria

Delfina is known for its duck-fried latkes at this time of year. At the original location in the Mission, a dozen fresh latkes with canned pear quince and crème fraiche are offered, which can be picked up on December 10th and 11th. Also, Marin, a prime rib, has frozen latkes for dinner with latkes for Palo Alto, and all locations have frozen latkes to refill.

Latkes at Fiorella



The pasta and pizza destination in Richmond adds a range of festive dishes to the regular menu and rounds it off to a warm-up dinner for two, the latkes with apple and quince butter, matzo ball soup, brisket with chestnut jus, sweet and sour Cabbage and mini chocolate babka for $ 75.

Hanukkah menu

A market

A market

One Market launched a New York-style deli during the pandemic. Now, in addition to meaty sandwiches, it is also prepared for serving brisket. The holiday menu consists of three courses for $ 49 per person, including matzo ball soup, smoked brisket, and apple and honey cake. Adding latkes costs $ 10 more than it was optional.


The Spanish tapas spot in Castro offers another menu for 65 USD per person with latkes, matzo ball soup, chicken roulade, apple and pear blints, chocolate gel and candy dreideln. Adding brisket costs $ 20 more, but why wouldn’t you want a brisket?


Oakland’s Cal-Israeli restaurant has worked tirelessly to meet takeaway expectations. For the vacation, a family dinner for four is $ 180 and includes matzo ball soup, brisket tagine, frozen latkes, and ricotta fritters.

20th century cafe

The grand cafe in the Hayes Valley always has an array of old-world European goodies, including some of the best sourdough bagels in town. Pastry chef Michelle Polzine serves sufganiyot, kugelach, Meyer lemon cheesecake, strudel with sweet cheese and Hungarian pogacsa (savory scones) with sheep’s cheese and herbs.

Frena bakery

The Sufganiyot went wild at the only kosher bakery in San Francisco, with a mix of half a dozen inventive new flavors, pumped jelly, chocolate, and flavored creams, and garnished with crushed nuts, cookies, and coconuts, inspired by everything from halva to chewing gum. There’s even a new hearty donut that’s filled with cream cheese and stacked with green onions.

Bob’s donuts

Aside from fancy menus, there is always the simple joy and deep fried shine of a good jelly donut. And Bob’s is arguably the fan favorite. He serves warm rounds that are pumped with raspberry or lemon jam and glazed or dusted with sugar.

1621 Polk Street, San Francisco, California