Passover is a polarizing holiday when it comes to food. Some people love the mandatory nix on anything leavened, and others spend the whole year developing a solid sense of willpower to make it through the sacred eight days.
Almost every year, Passover falls on my birthday. Because of my love for food and demand for a great kosher-for-Passover meal, I’ve become a pro of sorts when it comes to ordering at a restaurant during Pesach.
Use my Taste of Atlanta guide to sort through fantastic Atlanta restaurants. These restaurants are so good that an order without bread, pasta, cookies, crackers or pastries does not remove the flavor. Go out to eat during Passover 5777 and leave feeling full and satisfied with this guide.
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(Note that these recommendations vary based on levels of observance. They do not exclude beans, soy, rice and corn. Please ask your server about dietary restrictions before ordering.)
Go out to your favorite breakfast spots; just switch up your order.
Instead of the Skillet Heap (fresh-sliced potatoes grilled with onions, green peppers, cheddar jack cheese and two eggs any style, served with toast or multigrain biscuit) at Thumbs Up Diner (thumbsupdiner.com), go without the biscuit and add a side of fruit instead.
Trade out a breakfast sandwich at SoHo Café and Bakery (sohocafebakery.com) for an order of two eggs any way, tomato, avocado and cheese, then add mixed berries, blueberries or banana slices on the side.
With locations in Buckhead and Sandy Springs, Cafe Sunflower (www.cafesunflower.com) is a great detour from your average K4P lunch. Try the Macro Stir Fry with broccoli, snow peas, mushrooms, carrots, cauliflower, and organic tempeh or tofu in a tamari miso sauce with brown rice as a filling, delicious option. Feel free to deduct the tempeh, tofu and/or brown rice, depending on your observance.
If you have not made it to Gusto’s Ponce or Peachtree Road location, now is the perfect excuse. Gusto (www.whatsyourgusto.com) offers customizable meal options: You choose your base, protein and veggies for a perfectly portioned meal. Every order comes with a side of fresh-baked sweet potato chips. My must-order is a bowl with lettuce, grilled portabella mushrooms and the tahini-cucumber-feta Gusto with tahini sauce, chickpea salad and feta with fresh dill.
Even with the current situation on Interstate 85, True Food Kitchen (www.truefoodkitchen.com/locations/atlanta) is worth the trek for a tasty Passover meal. Start with the roasted Brussels sprouts appetizer (with artichoke, sultana, shallot and toasted hazelnut), then keep the order strong with the seared albacore tuna salad with avocado, grapefruit, cabbage, cashew, watermelon radish, Thai basil, sesame and chili garlic dressing. If you’re still hungry, refresh your palate with lemon-ginger sorbet for dessert.
Grab and Go
Farm 2 Ladle (www.farmtoladle.com) has two locations in Atlanta at two popular eat-live-play properties: Avalon and Ponce City Market. They are open from lunch through dinner and offer a variety of protein-packed snack, soup and salad options. You can even pick up a combo of soup and salad if you opt for something a little more filling.
With locations in Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Toco Hills, Decatur, Alpharetta, Kennesaw and Suwanee, a Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe (tazikiscafe.com) is always around the corner. Stop by for a taste of the hummus with carrots, celery, squash and sliced tomatoes, fresh salads, baked seafood, or the grilled vegetable plate. If you get hooked during Passover, try Taziki’s again at Food That Rocks, a Sandy Springs restaurant event produced by Taste of Atlanta, on Saturday, May 6. Visit FoodThatRocks.org for more information.
Skye Estroff is the marketing and media manager for Atlanta’s largest food festival, Taste of Atlanta (tasteofatlanta.com). She is an Atlanta native, a University of Georgia grad and an expert in Atlanta’s best food.