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

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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

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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 rworange...you 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.

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        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.