The chocolate babka offered at Manresa Bread. (Photo courtesy Manresa Bread via Facebook)
By Kate Bradshaw
Hanukkah kicked off Dec. 18 and is celebrated over eight nights through Dec. 26 this year. To get the most out of the Jewish festival of lights, we've found five restaurants offering your favorite Hanukkah foods, from latkes to babka, rugelach to sufganiyot.
Pizzeria Delfina, which has locations in Burlingame and Palo Alto and delivers through Locale, offers award-winning potato latkes frozen and ready to be reheated. They're made by hand from russet potatoes and fried in rice bran oil. Looking for the full Hanukkah package? Pizzeria Delfina's offering a "Let There be Light" kit including a dozen latkes, a jar of conserva, a tub of creme fraiche, a box of beeswax candles and a wooden dreidel for pickup before Dec. 31.
Pizzeria Delfina, Burlingame and Palo Alto, Instagram: @pizzeriadelfina.
Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen, which operates at the Local Kitchens locations in Palo Alto, Mountain View and Campbell, has special Hanukkah offerings that are available for delivery and pickup here. Through Dec. 24, you can order everything from challah topped with sesame and poppy seeds to matzo balls in brine, roasted brisket and sufganiyot. It also offers a pastry box with a cinnamon or chocolate babka, assorted rugelach and chocolate chip cookies. Orders must be placed by 9 a.m. two days before pickup or delivery.
Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen, Palo Alto, Mountain View and Campbell locations at Local Kitchens, Instagram: @wisesons.
Local baking powerhouse Manresa Bread has extra-flaky, laminated chocolate babka made with Valrhona cocoa powder and chocolate, Callebaut chocolate, orange zest, eggs, butter, powdered sugar and cinnamon available for shipping. It's sold out for Dec. 20 but is available Dec. 27.
Manresa Bread, locations in Palo Alto, Los Altos, Campbell and Los Gatos, Instagram: @manresabread.
Gluten-free bakery Sweet Diplomacy has a whole set of hand-decorated Hanukkah cookies to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters: it's gluten, dairy, egg and nut-free, kosher and vegan, and can be shipped with a hand-written custom postcard.
Sweet Diplomacy, 209 1st St., Los Altos, 650-800-3816; Instagram: @sweetdiplomacyco.
Looking for a full Hanukkah meal but don't want to deal with cooking it? Mollie Stone's caters both a full beef brisket meal or a roasted chicken meal for eight available for pickup through the end of the year. Meals come with brisket or roasted chicken plus braided challah bread, matzo ball soup, potato latkes with applesauce and sour cream, a sweet kugel, salad and an apple honey tart. They have a 48-hour booking window for online orders.
Mollie Stone's, locations in Burlingame, Palo Alto, San Bruno and San Mateo, Instagram: @mollie_stones.