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Rosh Hashanah , the Jewish New Year, begins this Sunday, and with that comes the search for good challah. Despite its popularity among the Jewish and not-so-Jewish communities, the braided egg bread (traditionally made round for the New Year) isn't something you're going to find at just any bakery, which is why we've put together a list of seven places to get challah in Metro Phoenix.
This Jewish deli has several locations open seven days a week, making it pretty easy to get your hands on challah. You can also place orders ahead of time with their catering department but you need to spend at least $50, which is a lot of dough. For hours, locations or to place an order, visit Chompie's online.
Goldman's Chicago-style, Jewish deli will be offering specialty challah breads such as honey and raisin round loaves, as well as their usual plain rolls. They do recommend you place an order beforehand to guarantee that your preferred quantity and style will be there. Orders can be placed no later than 11am on Saturday. Call (480) 367-9477 or visit the Goldman's site for more details.
This kosher bakery will be offering a variety of challah breads and staying open till 1pm on Sunday. However they do recommend placing your order ahead of time to ensure you get exactly what you want. Karsh's does have a website but is currently only taking order by phone at (602) 264-4874.
If you've ever visited New York Bagels N' Bialys, you know that they offer more than just doughy cream cheese vehicles with holes in the middle. This Scottsdale establishment will be open during regular business hours on Sunday to meet your Rosh Hashanah needs. Like other bakeries, they do suggest calling ahead of time at (480) 483-6922 to make sure there's plenty of challah to go around.
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Getting challah bread from kosher Imperial Market & Deli couldn't be easier. Just fill out an order form online and pick it up at the store before 4pm on Sunday. Like Karsh's, Imperial Market is one of the more Orthodox-friendly stores in town.
If you love challah but your body hates gluten, no worries, Gluten Free Creations has you covered. This Phoenix bakery will be making a fresh batch on Friday (they're closed Saturday and Sunday). We definitely recommend calling ahead of time to make the sure the rest of challah-loving celiac community hasn't snatched it all up before you. Call them at (602) 522-0659.