Hanukkah is almost upon us, and what a wonderful time of year it is! Some people just treat themselves to their favorite Jewish dishes at the holidays, and we want them all to know that we serve most of them all year round. That’s right—have latkes any day of the week at Benjies. We’ve got them any time you want them.
What else does Benjies Deli have in the way of the traditional Jewish dishes? Well, we don’t want to brag, but your mother would be proud of our menu. Start with some noshing—who doesn’t love some noshing while catching up with friends or relatives? (more…)
If you’ve been waiting for Chanukah to indulge in some latkes, now is the time. We do have them every day of the week at Benjies, but now is the time to really go for it and savor those delicious potato pancakes! Why not get some pastrami too, and sandwich it between two latkes? Hmmm, we might need to talk to the chef about putting that on the menu…
Come in tonight for our mouthwateringly tender brisket dinners, and our long-awaited roast chicken, which customers have been begging us to put on the normal menu. But we like to keep it for special occasions, like Chanukah and Yom Kippur. (more…)
Hanukkah is here, and it’s time to celebrate. 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 can make party food and deli platters for your event. Why not 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. 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. (more…)
Latkes for Hanukkah!
Hot, crispy and full of potato goodness. Yes, it’s almost Hanukkah, and that means it’s time for latkes! Hanukkah starts this Wednesday, and Benjies will be selling latkes in the restaurant or by the dozen to go.
But why latkes? Latkes, or potato pancakes, are a traditional Jewish dish, often served during Hanukkah. Because they are fried in oil, commemorating the oil that miraculously provided light for eight days, latkes have gained popularity as a Hanukkah dish. (But that doesn’t mean you can only get latkes at Hanukkah time. Happily, many delis and Jewish restaurants sell them year round, like Benjies!) Legend has it that Judith of Holofernes was able to put the Assyrian leader into a deep sleep by serving him latkes. With the advantage provided by his deep sleep, Judith took the opportunity and beheaded the Assyrian leader. Naturally, the Assyrians ended their siege because they no longer had a leader.
But potatoes are a New World food—how could they make latkes in Biblical times? That’s true: back then, it’s thought that latkes were made of grated cheese bound with egg, fried in oil. By serving the Assyrian leader what were basically cheese puffs and (if legend is accurate) a large quantity of wine, Judith must have been sure her plan would work. (more…)