The Jewish High Holidays, marking the ten-day period between Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), begin tonight.
Epicure, the prepared-foods grocery store that was a fixture for the Jewish community, permanently closed after Hurricane Irma, but there are still worthy alternatives for your holiday needs.
Blue Collar. Danny Serfer's down-home comfort-food restaurant will offer "Break Fast Baskets," which include brisket, roasted potatoes, Marsha salad, a choice of one of Blue Collar's many fabulous veggie sides, and a dessert option of cake or pudding. The cost is $35 per person, two-person minimum. Orders must be made at least 24 hours in advance. 6730 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-756-0366; bluecollarmiami.com. Sunday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 6 to 11 p.m.
Hank & Harry's Deli. Miami Beach's newest deli will offer several holiday platters. Platters come in small (serving eight to ten people), medium (11 to 15), and large (16 to 20). The bagel platter includes assorted bagels, three types of cream cheese, and sliced tomatoes ($40 small, $60 medium, $80 large); the salad platter, an assortment of egg, tuna, and chicken salad, comes with an assorted veggie tray (whitefish and chopped liver available as substitutes). Small costs $50 (whitefish add $8, chopped liver add $4); medium is $75 (whitefish add $12, chopped liver add $6); and large funs $100 (whitefish add $16, chopped liver add $8). There's also a nova platter with assorted bagels, cream cheese, sliced nova, and veggies (small $150, medium $225, large $300); a cheese platter (small $60, medium $80, large $100); and a dessert platter with a choice of rugalach or homemade cookies and brownies (small $150, medium $225, large $300). Potato latkes are available in orders of eight and come with sour cream and apple sauce for $6.95. Matzo ball soup is served by the quart for $9.95. Yom Kippur orders must be made by Wednesday, September 27, for pickup 5 p.m. Friday, September 29. 1691 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach; 305-397-8494; handhdeli.com. Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Josh's Deli. Though not kosher, this tiny Jewish-style deli offers inventive takes on classic Jewish dishes such as duck-fat matzo balls and crunchy, spicy tuna latkes ($13). Options for traditionalists include chicken noodle soup ($7) and a cured salmon plate ($16). 9517 Harding Ave., Surfside; 305-397-8494; joshsdeli.com. Daily 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Kosher Kingdom. This family-owned-and-operated kosher supermarket offers everything you need to eat for the holidays and then some. The break-fast platters serve 12 and range from $180 to $265 depending on whether you go with just the salad platter or splurge on the Fantasy Fish platter. Kosher Kingdom offers complete dinner packages for 12 of roast chicken ($249), roast turkey ($329), or beef brisket ($329). All packages come with 12 gefilte fish, four quarts of homemade chicken soup, 12 matzo balls, string bean almondine, carrot tzimmes, one quart of gravy, and a bottle of horseradish. There's plenty to choose from for dessert, including honey cake loaf ($5.99) and raisin challah ($7.99). For the full holiday menu, click here. 3017 Aventura Blvd., Aventura; 305-792-2205; kosherkingdom.com. Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Zak the Baker. For Rosh Hashanah, Zak the Baker will offer apple honey cake ($8.50) and round honey challah ($6), which will come out of the oven at noon. Of course, you'll find the bakery's usual goodies such as babka, vegan banana bread, cookies, and chocolate caramel pie. To break the fast, the deli will offer house-cured gravlax platters and house-smoked whitefish platters the Friday before Yom Kippur. Platters are priced per person, $13 and $14, respectively. 405 NW 26th St., Miami; 786-347-7100; zakthebaker.com. Sunday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Saturday.