Rick's Reviews: High Holidays

Matzo ball soup

Those of my readers with Jewish friends (that means just about everybody in South Florida), will have heard about the upcoming high holidays. This is not, as it sounds, the time when Jews all imbibe magic brownies.

eblastNo, they are referred to as the “high holidays” because Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are the most holy of all holidays for Jews. Rosh Hashanah (beginning at sundown on Sept. 29 and continuing through Tuesday, Oct. 1) commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday (beginning at sundown on Oct. 8 and ending at sundown Oct. 9), also known as the Day of Atonement.

Rosh Hashana, also known as Jewish New Year, is usually spent with family at a large dinner, while one fasts on Yom Kippur and then gathers for a meal to break the fast. As many observant Jews spend the entire day in Temple on the holidays, many area restaurants offer holiday meals for dining in or take out. 

Ben’s Kosher Deli

9942 Clint Moore Rd., Boca Raton 

561-470-9963

BensDeli.net.

The Rosh Hashana take home dinner for 10 people is $379.99. The menu includes a dozen mini stuffed cabbages, a choice of one quart of chopped liver or 14 pieces of gefilte fish, four quarts of chicken soup with 12 matzo balls. The entrée options include five roast chickens with a tray of stuffing, a whole roast turkey (about 15 pounds) or sliced brisket (about four pounds) with gravy. Choose two side dishes from a list that includes string beans almandine, egg barley and mushrooms, kasha varnishkes, broccoli almandine, sweet potato pudding, noodle pudding and potato kugel. The meal comes with one quart of cranberry-pineapple compote, coleslaw, carrot tzimmes and a round challah. Dessert is extra, order by Tuesday, Sept. 24 

Tower Deli & Diner

2315 South University Dr.

Davie, Florida 33324

954.452.8202

towerdeli.com

At this popular Davie spot you can dine-in for $29.95 (reservations required) with a choice of; soup ( matzo ball, chicken noodle, mushroom barley), appetizer (chopped liver, gefilte fish, field green salad), entrée (rosemary roasted chicken, brisket, salmon, turkey breast) with a choice of two sides (tzimmis, potatoes, string beans, kasha varnishkes), and dessert (jelly roll, honey cake, sponge cake). Coffee, tea and fountain drinks included.  If you prefer you can have a catered meal at home with a slightly expanded list of side dish options for $19.95 a person. A Yom Kippur smoked fish break  fast platter includes; smoked whitefish (whole or filet) centerpiece or stuffed with whitefish salad, nova or lox, kippered salmon and sable, a fresh vegetable platter, assorted cream cheese and a fresh baked bagel basket for 16.95 per person. Rosh Hashanah orders should be placed by Tuesday, Sept. 24, Yom Kippur orders by Thursday, Oct. 3. 

Le Bistro 

4626 North Federal, Lighthouse Point

954-946-9240

lebistrorestaurant.com

For an exotic twist on traditional Rosh Hashana dining this prix fixe dinner for two, available Sept. 29 and 30, presents a choice of appetizer (matzo ball "pho", chopped liver arancini, or salad), an intermezzo of citrus granite, choice of entrée (brisket with roast potatoes and mixed vegetables, chicken, with and haricots verts, everything bagel crusted salmon with vegetable and organic brown and wild rice medley) and dessert (chocolate mousse with strawberries, apple tart, or crème brulee). Dinner for two with a bottle of wine is $100

Henry’s

16580 Jog Rd., Delray Beach

239-405-1060

HenrysOfDelrayBeach.com

On Sunday, Sept. 29, Henry’s will offer its four-course Rosh Hashana prix fixe dinner ($42 per person) with a menu that includes: a choice of matzo ball soup or split pea soup for the first course; house-made chicken liver or Simanim salad for the second course; honey-mustard glazed salmon, herb-roasted turkey or beef brisket for third course as well as a baked apple parfait or carrot cake for dessert. Henry’s also has an a la carte to-go menu, where all orders must be placed by Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m.

Burt and Max’s

9089 W Atlantic Ave. #100, Delray Beach 

561-638-6380

BurtAndMaxs.com

Available Sunday, Sept. 29 and Monday, Sept. 30, a special a la carte dinner menu includes appetizers (matzo ball, chopped chicken liver, and apples and honey) for $7-11 and entrées (roasted chicken, salmon and slow-roasted brisket) – all priced from $24- $29. 

Max’s Grille

404 Plaza Real, Boca Raton 

561-368-0080

MaxsGrille.com

The three-course prix fixe menu ($45 per person) available Sunday and Monday, kicks off with a choice of matzo ball soup or apple and walnut salad. Entree options are roast chicken, brisket or baked salmon. The dessert course will include lemon-almond macaroon or flourless chocolate cake.

TooJay’s Deli, with 16 locations in South Florida, is offering special menu items for the holidays. Reservations are required to dine at one of the TooJay’s restaurants on Sunday, Sept. 29, and Monday, Sept. 30. Menu selections include; brisket, herb roasted chicken, baked cod, roasted Cornish game hen and grilled London broil. All dine-in entrées come with a glass of kosher wine, matzo ball soup, gefilte fish or chopped liver, mini potato pancakes, carrot tzimmes, dessert as well as coffee or tea. The bakery will have challah, almond cake, sponge cake, and macaroons. Pick-up orders are also available, check with individual locations for deadlines.

Winn Dixie offers three versions of Rosh Hashana dinners to take home, all designed to serve eight to ten people. The $99.99 roast chicken option includes; four regular or apricot roasted chicken halves, the corned beef dinner includes: four lbs. of glazed corned beef for 139.99, while the $149.99 brisket dinner serving up the same amount is $149.99. Side dishes, such as gefilte fish, chopped liver, matzo ball soup, kugel (spinach, potato, cauliflower or sweet matzo), tzimmes, and farfel are available a la carte.

Wish your Jewish friends a “Shana Tova” (good year) on Rosh Hashana or “Good Yuntif” or “G'mar Tov” on Yom Kippur and eat, eat!


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