The Jewish Festival of Lights begins Thursday, December 7, and runs through Friday, December 15. It’s a time marked by nightly menorah lighting, gift exchanges, and, of course, plenty of delicious treats to satisfy the biggest. And these local Nashville eateries have you covered this Hanukkah with all of the potato latkes, braided challah, and gooey jelly-filled donuts fit for print.Read More
9 Nashville Restaurants to Enjoy During Hanukkah
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with these treats, tastings, and takeout options around town.
Part New York-style deli and part all-day bagel cafe, get your sandwich fix during Hanukkah with mouthwatering options like the Tennessee tuna melt, jalapeño pimento cheese, or a bagel topped with lox.
Butcher & Bee
East Nashville’s Butcher and Bee has you covered for a Hanukkah feast on December 8 and 9. With seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., enjoy a four-course dining experience with menu highlights that include latkes, brisket, and sufganiyot. The family-style dinner runs $75 per person with festive cocktails available a la carte.
Copper Branch Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurant
This Kosher-certified vegan restaurant has it all: bagel sandwiches, power bowls, and dupes of classic Southern mains like hot chicken and a burger made from beets. Grab a dairy-free pizza and a handful of plant-based desserts to serve at your holiday gathering this year.
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Bare Bones Butcher
This whole animal butcher in the Nations only sources its protein from farms within 60 miles of the shop. Deliveries are made weekly to the shop, which means your Hanukkah brisket is going to be a fresh, high-quality show-stopper fit for any gathering of family and friends.
While this Midtown joint dropped its Kosher certification in March, Avo still has plenty of Hanukkah-friendly options. A vegan, plant-based eatery, the menu includes small plates like fried potatoes, cashew and artichoke dip, and spicy cauliflower wings, plus desserts like cauliflower cheesecake or a chocolate avocado tart.
Grins Vegetarian Cafe
Located on Vanderbilt’s campus inside the Ben Shulman Center for Jewish Life, Grins is a storied vegetarian cafe that’s 100% kosher-certified and backed by locally-loved coffee roaster Bongo Java. Visit during Hanukkah for a Nutella, banana, and strawberry-topped bagel, a granola bowl, or a rotating soup of the day.
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What started as a cookie pop-up is now a beloved brick-and-mortar bakery in Wedgewood-Houston that serves delicious varieties of bread and pastries daily. The bakers here whip up fresh braided challah, but only on Fridays. Just be sure to pre-order for an afternoon pickup.
Stock up on bagels for the week from Proper Bagel, tucked in a black-and-white building off of Belmont Boulevard. Choose a half dozen or a baker’s dozen where you can mix and match flavors ranging from plain, everything, pumpernickel, sourdough, and cinnamon crunch, with a variety of spread options.
This Green Hills mainstay has been serving up authentic New York-style fare since 1996, drawing crowds of hungry diners for breakfast and lunch daily. Settle into one of their nostalgia-inducing booths to enjoy crispy potato cakes and matzah ball soup during Hanukkah and beyond.