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Where to find latkes, sufganiyot, and cocktails for Hanukkah

The festival of lights begins Nov. 28.

Latkes at Stillwater
Latkes at Stillwater Stillwater

As far as Jewish holidays go, Hanukkah is certainly not one of the more food-focused. Sure, there are latkes to be had, and sufganiyot — deep-fried doughnuts filled with jelly and topped with powdered sugar — are plentiful. But the festival of lights doesn’t usually feature a celebratory meal in the way that Shabbat or Passover does.

That doesn’t mean you can’t eat well during Hanukkah, though. A smattering of bakeries and restaurants around the city are offering latkes, brisket, challah, and even bags of gelt for the holiday, which begins the evening of Nov. 28. If you’re planning a feast, here’s where to find Hanukkah food and drink in Boston.

Challah centerpiece from Bakey
Challah centerpiece from Bakey. – Provided

Bakey
Uri Scheft opened his downtown babka haven in September, a bakery that prioritizes selling baked goods straight from the oven. Stock up on babka, but also throw in one of Scheft’s stunning challah centerpieces. Each one has room for dipping bowls that can be filled with tahini, matbucha, egg salad, feta cheese, and more, making for an ideal snack before the latkes hit the table. (151 Tremont St., Boston)

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Clover Food Lab
Clover’s kosher Hanukkah box was created with the help of Rabbi Barry Dolinger of the Congregation Beth Sholom in Providence, R.I., and comes in five sizes. Each box includes sweet potato latkes with Autumn Hills Orchard apple sauce, butternut squash kugel, freshly-baked challah, sufganiyot from Union Square Donuts, chickpea fritters, yellow rice, and chocolate gelt. Plus, you’ll receive a card about Hanukkah food history written by Rabbi Dolinger. (various locations)

Forklift Provisions
Needham-based company Forklift Provisions is offering ready-made Hanukkah classics, available for pre-order from Nov. 26 to Nov. 28 with pickups and deliveries taking place the following week. Choose from a beef brisket dinner or stuffed winter squash dinner for four people, or order sides like butternut squash arancini and sweet noodle kugel. (301 Reservoir St., Needham Heights)

Maccabee Bar
Maccabee Bar. – Ezra Pollard

Maccabee Bar
Naomi Levy sees your Christmas pop-up bar and raises you a Hanukkah one. The celebrated Boston bartender launched Maccabee Bar in 2018, and will bring it back this year at Bow Market’s Variety Bar from Nov. 29 to Dec. 12. Stop in for an Everything Bagel Martini, a Hebrew Hammer, latkes from Saus, and sufganiyot from Kate Holowchik’s Lionheart Confections. (1 Bow Market Wy #23, Somerville)

Latkes at Mamaleh's
Latkes at Mamaleh’s. – Handout

Mamaleh’s
Starting Nov. 28, diners can order an impressive Hanukkah spread at Mamaleh’s original Cambridge location or its new Brookline digs. The delicatessen will offer raspberry and chocolate tahini sufganiyots, along with quarts of matzo ball soup, braised brisket, and latkes with all the fixings (apple sauce, sour cream). Mamaleh’s also sells Hanukkah candles and wooden dreidels. (15 Hampshire St., Cambridge; 1659 Beacon St., Brookline)

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Stillwater
Celebrate Hanukkah with eight days of latkes from chef Sarah Wade’s Stillwater. Starting Nov. 29 after 4 p.m., guests will find a different latke on the menu each day of the week, from horseradish cheddar latkes with cherry pepper relish to cacio e pepe latkes with a cream reduction. Sufganiyot flavors will change daily. (120 Kingston St, Boston)

Zaftigs Delicatessen
Available for pickup between Nov. 28 and Dec. 6, the Zaftigs Natick location has a Hanukkah menu featuring chicken matzo ball soup, latkes, beef brisket, challah bread pudding, and brisket, salmon, and chicken dinners for four. Orders must be received one week before the date of desired pickup, and can be placed by e-mailing [email protected] or calling 508-653-4442. (1298 Worcester Road, Natick)

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