Do you celebrate Passover? Even if you don’t and you’re interested in attending a meal at a DC area restaurant, you’re in luck. Although most certified kosher establishments close for the holiday, a few DC area restaurants are hosting Seder and Passover fare with both traditional and very eclectic dishes.
Hudson Restaurant Owner, Alan Popopsky, formerly of Felix, started a craze in 1998 when he introduced his mom’s recipes for matzah ball soup and brisket onto the menu at Felix. Felix has since closed, but his Passover fare in his new West End neighborhood (2030 M St.) restaurant lives on.
Hudson is offering an exquisite Passover Menu April 8, 9, 10, including his famous matzah ball soup. Other appetizers include traditional favorites, potato latkes, Gelfite fish, and chopped liver. Main courses offered include Roast Half Chicken, Braised Brisket, Roast leg of Lamb, and Grilled Atlantic Salmon. Menu prices are extremely reasonable, appetizers ranging from $7-$11, entrees from $22-$30. Just the fact that you don’t have to clean up the mess from the meal makes this dinner all worth while.
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Dino in Cleveland Park, DC is offering a five-course prix fixe menu ($49; $25, children) from Monday, April 2, through Wednesday, April 4. This special dinner will include dishes from both Ashkenazi and Sehpardic traditions. Some dishes will include chopped chicken liver, a Moroccan haroset, chicken soup with matzo balls, gefilte fish, mina pies made with matzo and eggplant or lamb and almond-meal cake. In addition, Dino will graciously pair appropriate wines or waive corkage for those who bring Concord wine.
Finally, Rosa Mexicano (575 7th St., NW) spices up Passover with a Mexican flair again this year. Their 7th annual Passover a la Mexicana menu is Available Monday through Saturday, the specials will be available for lunch and dinner. Tropical haroset includes pears, apples, dates and bananas as a starter. Their matzo ball soup is not your Bubby’s soup, oh no! This soup is made from roasted jalapeno chicken broth with cilantro and black garbanzo beans. Main course offerings include, traditional beef tongue in a Veracruz tomato sauce, Barbecued Veal Stuffed Chile, and Baked Sea Bass. Don’t forget dessert, with a delicious Pecan, date, and chocolate flourless cake.
The Pomegranate Bistro in Rockville (Cabin John Shopping center) is certified kosher under the supervision of the Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington. This 90-seat restaurant located in the heart of Potomac, MD offers kosher meat and pareve fine dining.
Tragara Ristorante (Northern Italian) in Bethesda does a “Passover style” menu, a tradition of theirs for over 20 years. This traditional menu offered April 8-15, is prepared kosher style without any chometz. The menu offers traditional appetizers such as, Homemade gefilte fish with fresh horseradish and matzo ball chicken soup, each fo $7. There are a range of Entrees offered including Grilled salmon on a bed of zucchini with saffron sauce for $26 and Veal chop sautéed with wine and rosemary for $40. Desserts offerings include Warm chocolate cake, coconut sorbet in caramel sauce, Passover roulade with strawberries, whipped cream, sabra liquor, and Haroset ice cream in a meringue shell with honey caramel sauce.
Ever considered having Pizza for Passover? Ledo Pizza restaurants in Bethesda, Rockville, and North Potomac offers a “Passover pizza”. According to Jim Robertson, Ledo operating partner, customer feedback over the past few years was overwhelmingly positive and the pizza proved popular with people of all ages. “We can see how the community really appreciates it,” he says proudly. Because Jews may differ in their levels of Passover observance and dietary restrictions, Ledo is very careful to list all dough ingredients so people can make that personal decision.
An interesting pizza recipe of Spike Mendelsohn, a former contestant on the Bravo reality TV show Top Chef, shows how to put a new spin on this age-old holiday.
Some tasty Passover desserts are being offered this year at the Buzz Bakery in Alexandria, VA. Their Passover Honey Nut Cake, which serves 8-10, made with matzo, almonds, orange and honey is just $12. Springy Passover Lemon Cheesecake, Made with a matzo crust is $22. To be absolutely sure to get yours, please call ahead at (703) 600.2899 and place your orders with Buzz.
If you’re looking for take-out options, Balducci’s, Whole Foods, River Falls Market and Dean & Deluca offer Passover dishes that can be ordered in advance. D.C.’s Brookville Market, Shaul’s of Silver Spring, Wegman’s, Rockville’s Koshermart and gefilte fish from Costco