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Your Guide to Hanukkah 2022 in Portland

Brisket, Latkes, and More
December 14, 2022
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Stuff yourself with crispy latkes at Mother's Bistro & Bar. (Mother's Bistro & Bar)

Hanukkah happens late this year, rolling in from December 18-26 to celebrate the triumph of the Maccabees and a very miraculous bit of oil. There are plenty of ways to celebrate around Portland, from giant outdoor menorah lightings to food specials like latkes and brisket.

HANUKKAH SPECIALS

Jacob & Sons Add to a List
This new-ish Jewish deli has a Hanukkah pre-order menu, which features a full meal with chicken schnitzel, kale salad, latkes, braided challah, and sufganiyot. Individual options include sweet noodle kugel, cholent, tzimmes, grilled cabbage salad, sufganiyot (chocolate hazelnut, apricot lemon curd, and raspberry rose), latkes, brisket, rugelach, challah, tahini halvah brownies, and more. Pickup is available from December 18-23.
Pearl District
Pickup, delivery
À la carte options available


Kachka Add to a List
Bonnie and Israel Morales' beloved restaurant will once again have the "Latke Party" spread of your dreams available for dine-in, with 12 crispy potato pancakes and eight show-stopping accompaniments, one for each night of the holiday: maitake mushroom gravy, wild pink salmon roe, baked tvorog with roasted garlic and porcini powder, braised leeks in warm sherry vinaigrette, beet and horseradish-cured salmon, smetana, chives, and apple quince butter. The meal even comes with a dreidel and gelt to play with while you wait. Feeling luxe? Add on Tsar Nicoulai Estate white sturgeon caviar or smoked brisket with jus and smokey uzvar barbecue sauce. 
Buckman
Dine-in

Lazy Susan Add to a List
The charcoal grill restaurant offers a special Hanukkah brunch box, with house-made bialys, king salmon gravlax, a variety of toppings (capers, lemon, dill cream cheese, red onion, and dill pickles), hash brown patties, smoked trout roe, and a smoked whitefish spread with fried saltines, matzo ball soup, jelly-filled doughnuts, and black and white cookies. Additional side dishes and desserts can be ordered à la carte. Pickup is available on December 17, 18, and 24.
Montavilla
Pickup, dine-in
À la carte options available


Leikam Brewing Add to a List
Portland's sole kosher brewery celebrates Hanukkah each year with the release of Maccabeer, its annual Seasonal Winter IPA. The beer, available in pints or cans, is hopped "to the brim" with Centennial, Idaho 7, HBC630 and Strata hops and features notes of tropical fruits, berries, and pine.
Mount Tabor
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Mother's Bistro & Bar Add to a List
The quaint cafe and bar has you covered with latkes (which they claim are the "best in town"), slow-cooked brisket, matzo balls, chicken soup, and chopped liver.
Downtown
Pickup, delivery, dine-in
À la carte options available


Sweet Lorraine's Latkes & More Add to a List
The Killingsworth Station Add to a List cart is slinging its signature latkes by the dozen or half-dozen, plus applesauce, sour cream, kasha varnishkes, mixed greens wheat berry salad with honey lemon vinaigrette, savory kugel, and sufganiyot.
Overlook
Pickup
À la carte options available


Zupan's Market
The upscale grocer chain is teaming up with Jacob & Son's Add to a List to offer a Hanukkah meal for four. The feast includes brisket, sweet noodle kugel, tzimmes, and broccoli tabbouleh, along with optional add-ons like latkes, matzo ball soup, chopped chicken liver, and rugelach. Order by 5 pm on December 20 for pickup from December 16-24.
Burnside, Macadam, Lake Oswego
Pickup
À la carte options available

OTHER JEWISH FOOD

Ben & Esther's Vegan Jewish Deli
This popular Jewish deli serves a plant-based menu of bagels, latkes, knishes, noodle kugel, matzo ball soup, deli sandwiches, salads by the pound, and baked goods like babka, hamantaschen, and black and white cookies, with plenty of gluten-free options.
Vernon, Roseway
Pickup, dine-in

Kornblatt's Add to a List
Ben Coleman recommends this dependable East Coast-style deli for Jewish fare, writing, "Kornblatt’s has all the staples year-round, from latkes to liver to knishes, presented in a style that can best be described as 'deli standard.'"
Nob Hill
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

EVENTS

Menorah Lighting Add to a List
Bask in the glow of a gigantic menorah lit by Chabad of Oregon at Pioneer Courthouse Square. On the first night, guests can enjoy live music, Hanukkah foods, dignitaries, and other festivities beginning at 8 pm.
Pioneer Courthouse Square, December 18-26, 5:30 pm

Hanukkah Candle Lighting Add to a List
Nosh on latkes, listen to uplifting music, take part in a festival dinner, and witness the first candle lighting of Hanukkah.
Portland Jewish Messianic Congregation, Saturday, December 18, 7 pm

Hanukkah Food Fair Add to a List
Kick off Hanukkah and procure provisions for your celebrations at this food fair, which will feature wares from vendors like Jacob & Sons, Stone Griffon Vineyard, Leikam Brewing, Sindyanna Peace Oil, Henry Higgins Boiled Bagels, and ManJa Creations Artisan Food Company.
Eastside Jewish Commons, Sunday, 11 am-2 pm

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