Six of Boston’s Greatest Kosher Eating places

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Six of Boston’s Greatest Kosher Eating places
Six of Boston’s Greatest Kosher Eating places

A few weeks ago we were talking about bagels: chewy, crumbly, stretchy. They had clear opinions! Let’s rate kosher restaurants, bakeries, and cafes this week, shall we? It’s perfect timing as kosher hotspot Milk Street Cafe reopens next week after a long hiatus. And if you’re like me, take-out is back in heavy rotation this summer.

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Where are your favourites? What have I missed? I have absolutely no doubt that you will let me know via email or in the comments! Sound off!

(Courtesy of Pure Cold Press)

You can almost feel your cholesterol drop as you enter this bright, clean space with a massive menu: Impossible Burgers, Beet Reubens, Acai Bowls, and kid favorites like Tender and Grilled Cheese. Service is quick and the juice cleanse packages are the perfect antidote to too much fried holiday food. It’s owned by the team behind long-time Brookline classic Rami’s.

326 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-487-8948, purecoldpress.com

If you can’t decide what to have for dinner: Veggie Crust

vegetable crust

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An unusual but successful combination: Indian food and pizza! Maybe you can’t agree on what to eat for dinner. Maybe you crave a little bit of everything. Fear not: At the Brookline location (there’s a non-kosher one in Somerville), you can eat samosas, pakora, paneer tikka masala pizza, curries, and even penne. For dessert? FoMu vegan ice cream.

8 Cypress St., Brookline, 617-383-5884, vegcrust.com

Cafe Milky Way

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Serving customers for 40 years, a true feat in the fickle restaurant business!, this Financial District caterer and cafe is reopening next week after a hiatus. (They weren’t totally off the grid: Their freezers were generously offered for vaccine storage early in the pandemic.) Sushi, vegan wraps, butternut squash mac ‘n cheese… the resurgence of this family-run appliance gives me some hope. People will eventually, hopefully one day return to downtown.

50 Milk St., Boston, 617-542-2433, milkstreetcafe.com

Hoff's Bakery

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This gem of Malden runs a large wholesale business, but regular civilians can also get their sweet fix at their retail store: sour cream coffee cakes, cheesecakes, seasonal cakes – plus their real strength, mini squares, and “bombs” in flavors like pumpkin mousse and chocolate caramel. A crucial weapon in the arsenal of a dedicated host or hostess.

35 Green St., Malden, 781-396-8384, www.hoffsbakery.com

JP Licks

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All 17 JP Licks stores are Kosher-certified, meaning you can dive into that peanut butter sundae or espresso frappé with confidence. When it comes to reliability and local flair, this is your place. Bonus: custom bovine birthday cakes with ice cream and cow print.

Various locations, jplicks.com

Adea's Mediterranean cuisine

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This is a reliable and reasonably priced place in Salem, but they are closed until Rosh Hashanah. Stop by soon for no-frills shakshuka, breezy falafel, huge Israeli salads and stuffed vine leaves, with most dishes under $10.

90 Lafayette St., Salem, 978-594-4271, adeasmk.com

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