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Celebrate Hanukkah with Culinary Delights in San Francisco

As the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, draws near, San Francisco’s culinary landscape lights up with restaurants offering a feast for the senses. This year, amidst the flickering candles and joyous celebrations, two restaurants stand out with their unique and delicious Hanukkah-inspired menus.

One Market: A Three-Course Delight

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Location: 1 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94105

One Market Restaurant, a renowned eatery in San Francisco, introduces a special 3 Course Dinner to celebrate Hanukkah. Priced at $49 per person, the menu features:

  • Starter: Mark ‘n Mike’s Matzo Ball Soup, a heartwarming blend of chicken consomm√© with celery, carrot, and fresh parsley.
  • Main Course: Twelve Hour Smoked Beef Brisket. This succulent dish is served with farro, pomegranate molasses glazed carrots, and a rich onion gravy, combining traditional flavors with a modern twist.
  • Dessert: Traditional Sufganiyot, a jelly-filled doughnut that embodies the sweetness of Hanukkah.

This festive feast is an homage to both tradition and innovation, promising a memorable dining experience.

Canela: A Homestyle Hanukkah Feast

Credit: Dave Bazzano

Location: 2272 Market Street, San Francisco

Chef Mat Schuster of Canela presents a fixed menu that redefines the Hanukkah dining experience. With a price tag of $69 (+tax/grat), the menu includes:

  • Appetizer: Homestyle Potato Latke with herbs and cheese, served with a choice of sour cream, applesauce, or both.
  • Second Course: Arroz Caldoso, a soupy rice dish with mixed mushrooms, mushroom broth, catering to vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free preferences.
  • Main Course: Wild White Fish Filet accompanied by Lemony Chard Salsa Verde, Poached Potatoes, and Roasted Carrots, complemented by Labneh and Sesame.
  • Dessert: Black and White Challah Bread Pudding, Tres Leches with Dark and White Chocolate.
  • Optional 5th Course: Slow Cooked Beef Brisket with Veggies.

Canela’s menu is available for dine-in and to-go from December 7th to 15th, with to-go orders starting from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Thursday, December 7th. The restaurant also offers wine pairings and vegetarian substitutions.

A Culinary Journey Through Hanukkah

These two restaurants are not just serving food; they are offering an experience that encapsulates the spirit of Hanukkah. From the traditional to the innovative, each dish is a celebration of the festival’s essence. Whether you’re seeking comfort in a bowl of Matzo Ball Soup or exploring new flavors with Arroz Caldoso, San Francisco’s culinary scene invites you to savor the joy and warmth of Hanukkah.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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