Rosh Hashanah is only a month away, and if you’re looking for a place to celebrate this holiday, don’t forget that Benjies Deli has been serving traditional Jewish food in Santa Ana every day since we opened in 1967. We also cater traditional foods, too, and even prepare Seder plates in the spring, so if you’re having a celebration for a Jewish holiday, let Benjies Deli do all the cooking while you take the credit!
We have a huge list of traditional favorites on the Benjies menu, but we’ve listed a few of them here to tempt your tastebuds. We have four soups alone to choose from: our famous matzo ball; chicken soup with noodles, rice or kasha varnishkas; sweet and sour cabbage soup with chunks of beef; and finally our special “Mish Mosh, It’s a Meal!” soup, a bowl full of a matzoh ball, kreplach, rice, noodles, chicken and carrots all snug in our freshly made chicken stock.
Looking for a little noshing? It’s all in our Appetizers & Noshes section of the menu. Under the category of fish, we have Nova lox, barbeque cod or whitefish served with sliced tomato, cream cheese, Greek olives and an onion bagel; creamed or pickled herring served with your choice of onions and sour cream or wine sauce and rye bread to sop up every drop; or go hardcore with gefilte fish served with julienne carrots, horseradish and Benjies’ soft rye bread. How can you choose between potato latkes or knishes? Two golden brown potato pancakes served with apple sauce or sour cream are a superb treat, and yet the meat or potato knishes in their baked pastry is hard to resist! Don’t miss the stuffed cabbage rolls in their traditional, tangy sweet and sour sauce; the chopped liver made just like mom used to, with grilled onions and hardboiled eggs; and the kishka plate with slices of grilled derma sausage and gravy.
For the main event:our entrée list is full of traditional favorites, like boiled beef short ribs with potatoes, stuffed cabbage rolls, and brisket of beef with potato pancakes and apple sauce. We also provide a number of platters and plates: choose from barbeque cod, lox, whitefish or a combination of any two, all served with coleslaw, potato salad, tomatoes, red onions, bagels, cream cheese and Greek olives. Also try our chopped liver and egg salad plate complete with coleslaw, potato salad, sliced tomatoes and onions.
Coming to Benjies with a date, family member or friend? Don’t forget our meals “in a pot” and just for two—we serve either a half-chicken or short ribs in a tureen with matzo balls, kreplach, noodles, rice and carrots in our fresh chicken stock.
To finish, of course we have the best noodle kugel in town, baked with grandma’s recipe with pineapple and raisins, and our premiere cheese blintzes sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with sour cream and strawberry preserves.
What are you waiting for? Get to Benjies Deli now to taste some of those Jewish favorites you haven’t had in years—we promise that they’ll taste just as delicious as mom made them! And if you’re planning a family get together or party for Rosh Hashanah, make sure you call Benjies two to three days in advance to place your order. Call Lloyd or Noriko Weinstein on (714) 541-6263 for any and all catering needs, or to book the Bamboo Lounge for your private party.
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