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Get Ready for Rosh Hashanah

Local bakeries and delis have challah aplenty, and even a full-on blowout meal, to ring in the new year.

By Allecia Vermillion September 13, 2012


Get 'em while you can--turban challah at Stopsky's Delicatessen. Photo via Stopsky's Facebook page.

L’shana tovah to anyone celebrating Rosh Hashanah. The Jewish new year begins at sundown on Sunday, ushering in the season of high holy days. If you’re planning a traditional Rosh Hashanah meal, or even a blowout post-temple lunch, here are some spots that have you covered when it comes to brisket, sweet kugel, and definitely round (or, apparently, turban) challah.

Stopsky's Delicatessen
Mercer Island’s Northwest-inspired Jewish deli (which made a cameo in a recent Bon Appetit) is the Rosh Hashanah equivalent of an Irish pub on St. Patrick’s Day. The kitchen does an all-inclusive dinner-to-go package for $185 that includes challah (naturally), gefilte fish made with smoked cod and salmon, matzo ball soup, a kugel made with caramelized cauliflower and potato, honey-roasted fall vegetables, and a choice of brisket braised in birch beer or roast chicken as an entree. Dessert is apple-walnut kugel and the whole meal feeds four to six people. Stopsky’s is also planning a $75, six-course tasting menu for breaking the fast after Yom Kippur.

Goldbergs' Famous Deli
Bellevue’s go-to Jewish deli isn’t doing anything special for Rosh Hashanah, but obviously matzo ball soup and brisket et al are standard procedure here.

Macrina Bakery and Cafe
The round crown challahs that signify the cycle of life and one year moving into another, will be available in all three locations. Call ahead and the crew will set one aside for you that morning.

Columbia City Bakery
Fresh challah loaves will be available Sunday and Monday (usually they’re just a Friday occurrence) and are available seeded or plain. Little challah knots will be on sale, too.


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