Suburban eateries serve up dine-in, to-go Rosh Hashanah specials
Happy New Year! For those who celebrate, suburban restaurants are planning some festive meals for the Jewish New Year holiday, which starts at sundown Monday, Sept. 6. Here are some sweet delicacies and specials that diners can find this year.
2124 Northbrook Court, Northbrook, (847) 498-4321, di-pescara.com/events/rosh-hashanah/. Dine on a traditional family-style meal featuring a first course of quinoa and arugula salad, chopped beef liver and gefilte fish; second course of matzo ball soup; and a main course of beef brisket with caramelized onions, almond-crusted whitefish, roasted heirloom carrots, potato pancakes with applesauce and noodle kugel. Finish with chocolate layer cake and raspberry rugelach. Available for dine-in from 4-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 6-7. All guests on the reservation must order the Rosh Hashanah special, which is $49.95. Deadline for placing a carryout order is noon Friday, Sept. 3.
7110 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincolnwood, (847) 677-3350, lwoodsrestaurant.com/. Celebrate with a traditional meal including housemade chopped liver, matzo ball soup, rosemary-brown butter chicken, potato pancakes, Suzy Friedman's vegetarian chopped liver, beef brisket, glazed carrots, kasha varnishkes, gooey chocolate cake and caramel apple cheesecake. The $48.95 family-style meal is available for dine-in from 4-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 6-7, and for carryout from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. To-go orders, which are served cold with heating instructions, should be placed by Wednesday, Sept. 1.
Max and Benny's
461 Waukegan Road, Northbrook, (847) 272-9490, maxandbennys.com/. Max and Benny's makes Rosh Hashanah easy with catered holiday packages to-go featuring a choice of sweet and sour meatballs or chopped liver; an entree of lean brisket, roasted half chicken or a combo; plus matzo balls, green beans and baby carrots, oven-brown potatoes and round holiday challah. Packages for four cost $109 and for eight is $209. Or choose from a variety of dishes and sides a la carte. Order by Thursday, Sept. 2, for pick up between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 6-7. Dine-in will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
Max's Delicatessen & Restaurant
191 Skokie Valley Road, Highland Park, (847) 831-0600, maxs-deli.com/. If you want to serve a wide variety at your Rosh Hashanah dinner, Max's offers an abundance of carryout options, including matzo balls, kreplach, chopped liver, potato latkes, mini sweet and sour meatballs, noodle kugel, brisket, homemade gefilte fish, kishke and gravy, Door County whitefish, honey cake, banana fudge cake and more. Order ahead for pickup on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 6-7.
Slow-braised brisket is the centerpiece of Prairie Grass Cafe's Rosh Hashanah Dinner Package for Two to-go.
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Prairie Grass Cafe
601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook, (847) 205-4433, prairiegrasscafe.com/. Chefs Sarah Stegner and George Bumbaris have devised a Rosh Hashanah Dinner Package for Two to-go that will be available for the second night of the holiday. The $100 dinner includes mixed green salad, slow-braised brisket, roasted cauliflower and sticky toffee date cake. Order by Thursday, Sept. 2, for pickup from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7. Single orders also will be available. Note: The restaurant is closed on Labor Day.
Real Urban Barbecue
1260 S. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills, (847) 947-6474, realurbanbbq.com/. Feed your crew with Real Urban Barbecue's Rosh Hashanah catering options, which include smoked sliced brisket, apricot boneless skinless chicken breast, smoked sliced turkey breast, matzo ball soup, potato pancakes, harvest salad, challah round, sweet potato souffle, roasted Brussels sprouts, two-layer carrot cake, flourless chocolate cake and more. Orders are requested 48 hours in advance.
Saranello's Executive Chef Mychael Bonner will be serving a variety of Rosh Hashanah dishes Sept. 6-7 at the Wheeling restaurant.
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601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, (847) 777-6878, saranellos.com/?events-custom=rosh-hashanah-dinner. For the holiday, Executive Chef Mychael Bonner has created a family-style dinner featuring a first course of freshly baked challah bread roll, sliced apples with honey, orchard salad, chopped beef liver, gefilte fish and homemade matzo ball soup. Then dine on beef brisket with caramelized onions, pistachio-crusted whitefish, noodle kugel, roasted Brussels sprouts and potato pancakes with applesauce before ending with chocolate mascarpone pie and raspberry rugelach. The dinner, which is available for dine-in from 5-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 6-7, costs $49.95 per person. It must be ordered by everyone in the party. Carryout orders, which must be made by noon Friday, Sept. 3, via Tock, can be picked up from 4-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
Braised brisket of beef is on Wildfire's Rosh Hashanah menu at the Glenview and Lincolnshire locations Sept. 6-7.
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1300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, (847) 657-6363, and 235 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 279-7900, wildfirerestaurant.com/events/rosh-hashanah-7/. Order traditional Rosh Hashanah dishes such as braised brisket of beef ($31.95), broiled Atlantic salmon with lemon caper sauce ($29.95), Chef Joe's Noodle Kugel ($5.95), roasted green beans ($5.59) and apple streusel pie ($8.95) from 3-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6, and 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7. If you're dining at home, the a la carte options will be available as main platters that serve four to five or side dish platters that serve 8-10. Pre-order is required.