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Freedman’s Reopens in Silver Lake With Plenty of Hanukkah Nosh

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The restaurant has been closed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year

An overhead shot of glazed brisket in time for Hanukkah.
Glazed brisket from Freedman’s
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

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.


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