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Dec 9, 2007 12:58 PM

Berkeley - quick, last day. Saul's sufganiyot and fried-to-order lattke stand

There's a little stand in front of Saul's and a big pot of oil where some delicious lattkes are being fried to order. Also, great jelly donuts (sufganiyot). Nice little three-piece group playing Jewish music. It is very festive and a such a nice sunny day.

The donuts are wonderfully thick, soft and pillowy, dusted with powdered sugar that has a little lemon flavor to it and filled with a delicious fresh-tasting strawberry jelly. $1.75 and worth every penny.

I don't remember being particularily thrilled with Saul's lattkes, but these large golden crispy lattes, hot from the oil are great. $2.25 for a plain. $2.75 with applesauce and sour cream.

The people at Saul's say they sell the donuts and lattke the two weekends preceeding Chanukah every year. A little guilt here ... nobody saw this last week and reported it?

What a swell religion to have a holiday celebrating food fried in oil. God must love jelly donuts. I should consider converting ... could be a sign from above ... the reason I was in the area was for Masse's great mini buche de Noel ... none till next week ... so I was led to the lattke instead.

Happy Chanukah

Saul's Deli
1475 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

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  1. Good to know... if a little late!! I add additional guilt to your gentle accusation!!
    You would be a welcome convert, if you so desire.. to what is known as.. "Gastronomic Judaism"!
    But are already a true 'Goddess' in my "Temple of Greater Chow"!!!

    1. !!! NOTE !!! Revival of a 2007 post.

      Saul's said they did this every year the two weekends before Chanukah . Does anyone know if they did it last week? Keep an eye open this Saturday. Those donuts were great.

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      1. I love the idea of a latke and sufganiyot stand. I tried some latkes at Saul's a few years ago and they were burnt so I hope these were better.

        Incidentally for anyone else looking for sughaniyot, I tried Satura Cakes raspberry doughnuts (at a Christmas vs. Hanukkah party) over the weekend and they were the best I've ever had, filled doughnut-wise. They rank up there with the very best doughnuts I've ever had.

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        1. re: katya

          Ooh, those raspberry donuts sound great.

          A couple years ago I got sufganiyot at Neto Caffe in Mountain View.

          Satura Cakes
          320 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

          Satura Cakes
          200 Main St, Los Altos, CA

          Neto Caffe
          135 Castro St, Mountain View, CA

          Satura Cakes
          199 E Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA

        2. Stopped by Saul's tonight and they had sufganiyot. They will have them through passover. Looked like the good donuts I had last year, but I didn't try them.

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          1. re: rworange

            Sufganiyot are a seasonal holiday item at Saul's, not something they carry on a regular basis. Latkes are made year-round, however.

          2. Cafe Sophia on Solano has latkes and donuts. They looked good.