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Jewish Americans are in for another pandemic Passover.
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Where To Order Passover Meals for Carryout or Delivery in Chicago

There’s no need to scramble for matzo balls and brisket

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Jewish Americans are in for another pandemic Passover.
| Jeff & Judes [Official Photo]

Most years, the Jewish holiday of Passover involves gatherings of family and friends for two seders, or big ritual meals. They are held this year on Saturday, March 27 and Sunday, March 28. As COVID-19 vaccine rollouts continue across the country and a growing contingent of grandparents become inoculated, some families are reuniting for a holiday predicated on multi-generational gatherings. However, Jewish Americans who are still waiting for their shots will mark the weekend as the beginning of their second Passover in isolation.

Demand for at-home Passover fare remains high, and some establishments have already sold out. Others are still slinging brisket, matzo ball soup, and more for dine-in and carryout. This year has also seen an influx in representation for flavors associated with Sephardic (Spanish and Portuguese) and Mizrahi (Middle Eastern and North African) Jews, such as date-studded charoset and chraime-style gefilte fish.

See the list below for a selection of restaurants, delis, and retail spots with Passover essentials. Diners who follow strict kashrut, or Jewish dietary rules, should confirm whether their chosen restaurant is certified Kosher.

As of March 2, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 50 percent maximum capacity per room, or 50 people — whichever is fewer. At the same time, despite winter weather, a number of Chicago restaurants continue to offer outdoor seating. Regardless, the state requires reservations for both indoor and outdoor dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Max and Benny's Restaurant

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Old-school suburban Northbrook spot Max and Benny’s marks its 36th Passover with a traditional Eastern European-style menu, offering four- and eight-person packages as well as a la carte items. Celebrants can order classics like brisket, roasted chicken, carrot tsimmes, chocolate-dipped macaroons over the phone.

The Happ Inn Bar & Grill

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Suburban Northfield restaurant the Happ Inn features a la carte Passover specials like beef brisket and matzo ball soup, available for dine-in and carryout customers. Call to place an order or book a meal online.

Sarah’s Tent Kosher Market

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Skokie’s huge kosher market, formerly Hungarian Kosher Foods, is offering several Passover box packages that serve four to five people. Most of the boxes mix familiar options like matzo ball soup and chicken schnitzel with more unusual entrees, such as salmon teriyaki. One box, however, highlights Sephardic and Mizrahi-style options such as Mediterranean beef stew and Moroccan eggplant salad. Reserve boxes and a la carte items using an online form.

JB's Deli

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Andersonville’s “one of a few Jewish delis” features an a la carte selection of Passover offerings for carryout and delivery, including as gefilte fish, chopped liver, and kishke. There’s also a complete meal for one ($29.95) with an option of brisket, salmon, or chicken, plus soup, gefilte fish, and more. Place orders online.

Sunday Dinner Club (Honey Butter Fried Chicken)

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Underground dining series Sunday Dinner Club (from the team at local favorite Honey Butter Fried Chicken) has put together a thoughtful Passover kit for one ($50). Courses include matzo ball soup (roasted carrots, rosemary), chef Josh Kulp’s brisket (onions, Medjool dates, Hungarian paprika), and potato kugel. Vegetarians are in luck, as kits are available with meat-free soup and honey-roasted cauliflower and chickpeas (za’atar labneh). Place orders online.

The Bagel Restaurant and Deli

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Ashkenazi-style stalwart the Bagel this year is offering a dine-in only Passover meal ($35 per person), which hits all the Eastern European classics. That means patrons can expect options like chopped liver, gefilte fish with beet horseradish, matzo ball soup, brisket, sweet and sour meatballs, plus sides and dessert.

Wixter Market

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Passover means eight days of matzo instead of leavened bread items, so it’s a good idea to stock up on some accoutrement to jazz up a snack or meal. Wicker Park’s Wixter Market (which specializes in frozen fish) has some interesting tinned seafood that may fit the bill. It’s not exactly a kosher affair to begin with, but treif aficionados may take particular delight in the selection of shellfish and bi-valves. Don’t miss the gourmet sauces behind the counter.

Jeff & Judes

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Jew-ish deli hotspot Jeff & Judes is already sold out of Passover dinner kits, but fans can still put together a solid holiday meal. Ownership promises that matzo ball soup and macaroons will be available all week, along with the regular menu that includes corned beef and pastrami by the half-pound, as well as salads and latkes.

avec River North

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Avec River North, the new outpost from One Off Hospitality’s Mediterranean-influenced restaurant in West Loop, weaves Sephardic flavors into Passover this year. A dinner for two ($95) includes matzo ball soup with preserved lemon, chicken, and dill; warm gefilte fish with spiced tomato chraime; and pomegranate braised lamb shanks with white bean stew and date charoset. Order online for pickup or delivery.

The Smith

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All-day New York import the Smith has options for both dine-in and at-home customers. There’s a Passover dinner kit for two ($95) or four ($180) featuring requisite items like red wine-braised brisket and matzo ball soup, plus complimentary items including deviled eggs and flourless chocolate cake. Those who’d rather eat out for Passover can also order the brisket, soup, and cake. Kits are available online.

Aba from chef C.J. Jacobson and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises will bring a Mediterranean vibe to its Passover menu for one ($48.95), featuring options including za’atar-roasted chicken; parmesan, potato, and Brussels sprouts latkes (a food typically associated with Hanukkah), and a flourless chocolate tahini tart. Items are available for dine-in, carryout, and delivery. Place to-go orders online.

Eleven City Diner

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South Loop’s Eleven City Diner this year offers Passover staples like brisket, whitefish salad, sweet matzo kugel by the pound. The deli is also featuring a slow-roasted brisket dinner for one ($23.99) that comes with carrots, red potatoes, chopped parsley, and au jus. Place orders online.

Max and Benny's Restaurant

Old-school suburban Northbrook spot Max and Benny’s marks its 36th Passover with a traditional Eastern European-style menu, offering four- and eight-person packages as well as a la carte items. Celebrants can order classics like brisket, roasted chicken, carrot tsimmes, chocolate-dipped macaroons over the phone.

The Happ Inn Bar & Grill

Suburban Northfield restaurant the Happ Inn features a la carte Passover specials like beef brisket and matzo ball soup, available for dine-in and carryout customers. Call to place an order or book a meal online.

Sarah’s Tent Kosher Market

Skokie’s huge kosher market, formerly Hungarian Kosher Foods, is offering several Passover box packages that serve four to five people. Most of the boxes mix familiar options like matzo ball soup and chicken schnitzel with more unusual entrees, such as salmon teriyaki. One box, however, highlights Sephardic and Mizrahi-style options such as Mediterranean beef stew and Moroccan eggplant salad. Reserve boxes and a la carte items using an online form.

JB's Deli

Andersonville’s “one of a few Jewish delis” features an a la carte selection of Passover offerings for carryout and delivery, including as gefilte fish, chopped liver, and kishke. There’s also a complete meal for one ($29.95) with an option of brisket, salmon, or chicken, plus soup, gefilte fish, and more. Place orders online.

Sunday Dinner Club (Honey Butter Fried Chicken)

Underground dining series Sunday Dinner Club (from the team at local favorite Honey Butter Fried Chicken) has put together a thoughtful Passover kit for one ($50). Courses include matzo ball soup (roasted carrots, rosemary), chef Josh Kulp’s brisket (onions, Medjool dates, Hungarian paprika), and potato kugel. Vegetarians are in luck, as kits are available with meat-free soup and honey-roasted cauliflower and chickpeas (za’atar labneh). Place orders online.

The Bagel Restaurant and Deli

Ashkenazi-style stalwart the Bagel this year is offering a dine-in only Passover meal ($35 per person), which hits all the Eastern European classics. That means patrons can expect options like chopped liver, gefilte fish with beet horseradish, matzo ball soup, brisket, sweet and sour meatballs, plus sides and dessert.

Wixter Market

Passover means eight days of matzo instead of leavened bread items, so it’s a good idea to stock up on some accoutrement to jazz up a snack or meal. Wicker Park’s Wixter Market (which specializes in frozen fish) has some interesting tinned seafood that may fit the bill. It’s not exactly a kosher affair to begin with, but treif aficionados may take particular delight in the selection of shellfish and bi-valves. Don’t miss the gourmet sauces behind the counter.

Jeff & Judes

Jew-ish deli hotspot Jeff & Judes is already sold out of Passover dinner kits, but fans can still put together a solid holiday meal. Ownership promises that matzo ball soup and macaroons will be available all week, along with the regular menu that includes corned beef and pastrami by the half-pound, as well as salads and latkes.

avec River North

Avec River North, the new outpost from One Off Hospitality’s Mediterranean-influenced restaurant in West Loop, weaves Sephardic flavors into Passover this year. A dinner for two ($95) includes matzo ball soup with preserved lemon, chicken, and dill; warm gefilte fish with spiced tomato chraime; and pomegranate braised lamb shanks with white bean stew and date charoset. Order online for pickup or delivery.

The Smith

All-day New York import the Smith has options for both dine-in and at-home customers. There’s a Passover dinner kit for two ($95) or four ($180) featuring requisite items like red wine-braised brisket and matzo ball soup, plus complimentary items including deviled eggs and flourless chocolate cake. Those who’d rather eat out for Passover can also order the brisket, soup, and cake. Kits are available online.

Aba

Aba from chef C.J. Jacobson and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises will bring a Mediterranean vibe to its Passover menu for one ($48.95), featuring options including za’atar-roasted chicken; parmesan, potato, and Brussels sprouts latkes (a food typically associated with Hanukkah), and a flourless chocolate tahini tart. Items are available for dine-in, carryout, and delivery. Place to-go orders online.

Eleven City Diner

South Loop’s Eleven City Diner this year offers Passover staples like brisket, whitefish salad, sweet matzo kugel by the pound. The deli is also featuring a slow-roasted brisket dinner for one ($23.99) that comes with carrots, red potatoes, chopped parsley, and au jus. Place orders online.

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