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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Oy, the Jewish High Holy Days! Here Are Three Takeout Options

Posted By on Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 11:58 AM

click to enlarge Feeling like a little smoked fish? Miller's East Coast Delicatessen has the hookup. - ALEX HOCHMAN
  • Alex Hochman
  • Feeling like a little smoked fish? Miller's East Coast Delicatessen has the hookup.
Let's face it: The Jewish High Holy Days are pretty stressful. (Note to goyim regarding the High Holy Days: Rosh Hashanah ― New Year ― starts tomorrow, Sept. 8, at sundown; Yom Kippur ― the Day of Atonement ― rolls in on Sept. 17 at sundown.) You spend hours in temple celebrating the New Year only to be forced, just one week later, to acknowledge what a total asshole you've been. On top of that, you've got meals to plan. Lots of them. You're either stuck cooking for relatives that you usually feel guilty about avoiding, or you schnor off of friends, who inevitably still ask you to bring a pan of kugel and a bottle of crummy kosher wine. Deep breath. Relax. Avoid the mishigas with these excellent takeout options.

Having your heymish mishpocheh over? Give Miller's East Coast Delicatessen a call for its straightforward versions of chopped liver, brisket with gravy and potato, or sweet noodle kugel. For your " break the fast" needs, Miller's has the widest selection of smoked fish in town, from belly lox and kippered salmon to pickled herring, and will arrange up to four choices on a platter along with everything you need to stuff your 24 hour-starved punim.

click to enlarge Sustainable? Saul's in Berkeley is making it so you have one less thing to atone for.
  • Sustainable? Saul's in Berkeley is making it so you have one less thing to atone for.
Feeling like a big macher? Serve up a platter of Bi-Rite Market's Five Dot Ranch pomegranate-braised beef brisket alongside some organic sweet carrot and fennel salad. Bi-Rite even harvests its own honey for you to dip your apples in.

For you meshugas, Saul's is offering Moroccan style chicken stew and chard wrapped lamb dolmas. Your bubbe never heard the word "sustainable" but you'll have a little bit less to atone for next week.

Miller's East Coast Delicatessen: 1725 Polk (at Clay), 563-3542.

Bi-Rite Market: 3639 18th St. (at Guerrero), 241-9760.

Saul's Restaurant and Delicatessen: 1475 Shattuck (at Vine), Berkeley, 510-848-3354.

Read more from Alex Hochman at Urban Stomach. Follow us on Twitter at @sfoodie.

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