Fans in Silver Lake, Echo Park, and beyond have been clamoring for months to find out when Freedman’s, the strip mall Jewish-ish deli with national notoriety, would be coming back to life. Well, the time is now.
The three-year-old popular Sunset Boulevard restaurant has been shut down since the start of the pandemic, but last night posted a semi-cryptic return message to its Instagram page. Reps for the restaurant tell Eater that the plan is to return in time for Hanukkah takeout pre-orders, which start today and includes dishes like glazed brisket (shown above), latkes, whole roast chicken, and more. The meals are served family-style in dinner packages of two ($100) or four ($200). The menu is below.
After the holiday season, Freedman’s will also return to a more robust and ongoing to-go menu, including those Hanukkah staples and potential dishes like the restaurant’s popular off-menu tortilla wrap with pastrami.
Even before the start of the pandemic, Jewish-style deli food was having a moment in Los Angeles — and it hasn’t slowed down since. Pop-ups like the Bad Jew and neighborhood stops like Culver City’s Element 29 Deli continue to turn out smoked pastrami and other meats, while local favorites Wexler’s turn toward at-home packaged deli goods as well.