Jewish Food Tourney: #4 Latkes vs #8 Brisket

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Live from Madison Square Garden, welcome to the Final Four! Two big matches left, only one food will survive.

I’m not going to spend much time discussing latkes. I think they have proven themselves enough and they will get the votes they deserve.

I’m reserving this space to make the case AGAINST #8 Brisket.

In terms of taste alone, Brisket is clearly a #1-3 seed. But that isn’t the point. This is not purely a “What food tastes the best” tournament. The real question you should be asking is what is the best JEWISH food.

Now, this might partially be my own fault. The question I pose in the poll is “Which food do you like more?” I might have to change it to “What is the better Jewish food?”

When it comes to being the most Jewish food, brisket just doesn’t cut it. When Meredith was explaining to me her ideal brisket meal, it sounded (and she agreed) like a Southern soul food meal, not a Jewish one. And that is exactly my point. A brisket sandwich covered in BBQ sauce is not Jewish. Delicious? Yes. An appropriate meal for a Passover seder? Absolutely not.

Vote, however you like though. Just remember, I will judge you negatively if you disagree with me. It’s my tournament and I can do whatever I want.

Posted on January 28, 2009
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