Finding food that fits the rules of the eight-day Passover furlough from flour, rice, corn, most grains, and legumes can feel tricky. But restricting your diet doesn’t mean mean not eating really, really well.
From gefilte fish to matzo-based sweets, with a full vegetarian menu thrown into the mix, the Boston area has a lot to offer. The following spots raise the bar for Passover-friendly meals and treats. Please note that most of the options below do not strictly adhere to Passover’s special dietary rules.
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The Passover menu at this Needham-based catering company includes latkes, gefilte fish, beef brisket, grilled salmon, matzo kugel, and lots more. Both curbside pick-up and home delivery are available on Friday, April 15 between noon and 4 p.m., or Saturday, April 16 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The ordering deadline is Friday, April 8th or until Baker’s Best reaches capacity. Order here or by phone — (617) 332-4588. (150 Gould Street, Needham)
The Newton bakery specializes in Jewish treats like lots of variations of babka, challah, and more. Its regular menu is available until April 14 (the bakery is closed from April 15 through April 25). Matzo crunch, coconut macaroons, and brownies are only available in the store (no online orders this year). The bakery describes its products as “Passover-friendly” but not kosher for Passover: The ingredients used are kosher for Passover, but the bakery itself has not been cleaned of chametz. Also note that the bakery will not ship this year. (543 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton)
Vegetarian mecca Clover Food Lab has joined forces with rabbi Barry Dolinger of Congregation Beth Sholom to create a springtime spread of dishes perfect for one big seder or many smaller meals throughout a week. The menu includes the multi-course Passover box (for 2 to 10 people), with a matzo “flutternutter” kit, assortment of appetizers like romesco dip and meatless chopped liver, and entrees like Brussels sprout casserole, potato cheddar soup, bitter endive, hazelnut and honey salad, mushroom matzo pâté, kale-cabbage mashed potatoes with onion gravy, tomato soup, salad with turmeric dressing, and butternut squash kugel. For dessert, the box includes flourless chocolate cake and apple mousse.
Mitzvah matzos, made by Dolinger, are available a la carte and are made with local, organic wheat. Each batch is uniquely based on the seasonal grain and weather, inspired by how the “poor man’s bread” really might have been. All proceeds from Mitzvah matzos go to fight human trafficking The Passover items are available Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14. Orders due by Tuesday, April 12th at 5pm (or until sell-out).
These two special items and a limited menu of supplemental options from Clover’s regular menu will be prepared kosher especially for Passover. Clover’s kitchen and equipment will be properly kashered and the line will be under the full supervision of Dolinger. The boxes will also be free of kitniyot.
Available for free delivery within 30 miles of their East Cambridge or pick up at CloverHUB. To order any of these box options, use the Clover Food Lab app or visit the website.
This year’s Passover selection at EH Chocolatier includes dark chocolate bark with bits of crispy matzo, roasted and salted pistachios, crystallized ginger and candied orange peel; dark chocolate hazelnut bark; chocolate matzo almond toffee; chocolate dipped candied fruit; and more. The local chocolate shop ships and also offers curbside pickup. Order online. (If picking up, wait for an email confirmation notifying you that your order is ready to be picked up.) (145 Huron Avenue, Cambridge)
The deadline has already passed for ordering for First Seder from Inna’s Passover menu, but it’s worth checking back after April 12 when the popular caterer may have some items available. It may be too late for charoset and gefilte fish, but you can still get your hands on latkes, matzo balls, chicken soup, and lots more. Also, much of the menu will be available Passover week from Tuesday through Thursday. All items are dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free. Online ordering here. (547 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton)
The Passover catering menu at this Cambridge-born mini-chain includes ceremonial seder items, Passover deli favorites like chopped liver, home seder options like gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, and brisket, and more. Pick up is available in Brookline or Cambridge from April 14 through April 23 starting at 10 a.m. For suburban pick-up, visit the website for the available days. Order online.
Fresh off of celebrating 45 years in business, this fan-favorite New York-style deli has a Passover menu offering brisket, cocktail latkes, stuffed cabbage, matzo ball soup, chopped liver, sweet potato tzimmes, “kosher for passover” beef knishes, and more for pickup or delivery (free for orders of $125 or more) to Brookline, Needham, Newton, and Wellesley. Place your order by April 10 to guarantee all items will be available. Payment by check only. Order through the online form or call (617) 738-3354. (256 Harvard Street, Brookline)
This new Belmont-based bakery, cafe and caterer, in the former Vicki Lee’s space, has latkes by the dozen, chicken soup, matzo balls, brisket, leg of lamb, roasted chicken, flourless chocolate cake, and strawberry rhubarb crisp. Orders are due by Saturday, April 9 for pick-up between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m on Saturday, April 16. To order, call (617) 489-5007.
Rosie’s no longer has its own storefront, but its products live on at several locations around the Boston area. Rosie’s is offering a few Passover items for online ordering — chocolate caramel matzo crunch, chocolate coconut macaroons, gluten-free chocolate delirium cake, and chocolate-dipped almond macaroons. Ordering is also available by phone — (617) 277-5629. (Athan’s Bakery, 407 Washington Street, Brighton, Boston; and other locations)
Pull up a chair at Town Hall Bistro on Friday, April 15 for a four-course Passover meal with a menu of matzo ball soup; braised beef short ribs with cauliflower mousseline; flourless chocolate cake with coconut sorbet, Kahlua caramel, and meringue crumble; and much more. Dinner is $75 for adults, $40 for children (4 to 12-years old), and free for children three and under) Seatings available from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Reserve a table here. (2027 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington)
Zaftigs is offering an a la carte menu as well as a dinner-for-two combo for pickup on April 14 or 15; and orders are due by Friday, April 8 at 3 p.m. The a la carte menu includes options like a seder plate, charoset, gefilte fish, beef brisket, and lots more; the dinner for two ($57.57) includes charoset, latkes, matzo ball soup, brisket, and more. To order from the Brookline location, email email@example.com. To order from the Natick location, email firstname.lastname@example.org. (335 Harvard Street, Brookline; 1298 Worcester Street, Natick)