We all love eating out on holidays, but those celebrating Passover (which starts this Friday, April 6 at sundown) face a unique challenge: no leavened dough can be consumed.
That means that any dish with bread or pasta (and for some, even rice and legumes) is banned, making dining out a decidedly tough affair.
Fortunately, once Passover rolls along, restaurants around Philadelphia supplement their regular offerings with menus specially designed for those observing the holiday.
It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy all of the city’s diverse culinary talent, with menus melding traditional Jewish food with flavors from Italy, Mexico and more.
Check out our top picks for Passover dinner at Philadelphia restaurants, below:
• Le Castagne: Jewish-Italian fusion is a term that’s seldom thrown around, but it’s exactly what’s on the menu here April 7-13 — mini matzoh ball soup, braised brisket with horseradish mashed potatoes and flourless chcolate and almond torte are all available.
• Zahav: Recent James Beard Award winner Michael Solomonov is serving up a $45 passover feast April 6-13 at the modern-Israeli jewel in his crown, featuring hummus with braised beef cheeks and brisket with the traditional fruit-and-nut mixture charoset.
• London Grill: Fairmount’s staple watering hole has a $40-a-person Passover menu available April 6-13 with all the trimmings, including gelfite fish, matzoh ball soup and even a traditional seder plate.
• Supper: Enjoy a farm-to-table seder feast on April 6 and 7 for $58 a person, featuring classic takes on Jewish-style brisket and chicken roasted with 40 cloves of garlic.
• Cantina Feliz and La Calaca Feliz: “The Feliz Mexican Passover” is the perfect marriage of “Ole!” and “Oy vey!” It’s a four-course feast for just $30 a person, available at both restaurants April 6-13 and boasting awesome, unconventional dishes like brisket tacos and salmon tostadas.
• Fork: This three-course Passover menu has continental flair — lamb shank comes with toasted quinoa, matzoh brei with whitefish roe — and is available for $45 on April 6 and 7.
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