With Hanukkah approaching this weekend, what better way is there to celebrate than to treat yourself and your loved ones to some delicious latkes? Wherever you live in the U.S., these tasty Polish potato pancakes are readily available. Here are our favorite places across the country to enjoy latkes – and don’t forget the applesauce!
Katz’s Delicatessen, New York City, NY
Family-run since 1888, Katz’s Deli is as well-known for its immense sandwiches as it is for its pivotal role in When Harry Met Sally. In addition to enough pastrami to feed you for a week, you can stock up on potato latkes (with sour cream or applesauce) for Hanukkah. No matter what you order, everyone will want what you’re having.
DGS Delicatessen, Washington, D.C.
You don’t have to wait for Hannukah to get your fill of latkes in our nation’s capital. DGS Delicatessen serves its potato latkes with house apple preserves and sour cream year round. Taking its cues from the old-world kitchens that served as inspiration for its diverse menu, DGS brines, cures, smokes, and pickles all of its offerings in house.
Famous 4th Street Delicatessen, Philadelphia, PA
For over eighty years, this authentic deli has served up delicious food to the residents of Philadelphia. Year round you can sate your craving for potato pancakes, as well as any number of other mouthwatering menu items, including matzo ball soup and beef brisket (and if you’re feeling especially inspired, you can even get the brisket on top of the latkes).
Kaufman’s, Skokie, IL
It’s worth making the hour-long trek from Chicago to Skokie, Illinois, to pick up some of the Hanukkah specials offered at Kaufman’s. According to TimeOut Chicago, they’ll be serving up zucchini- or kosher-bacon-and-pea latkes and appropriately colored blue velvet cake.
General Muir, Atlanta, GA
Inspired by classic New York Jewish delis, this Atlanta, Georgia, eatery has been filling the bagel-shaped void in the city’s residents. It can also filled the latke-shaped hole in your belly all year long–even if it also needs a side of applesauce and sour cream to really be complete.
Joan’s on Third, Los Angeles, CA
With two locations (one on Third Street and in the Studio City Marketplace), this family-owned-and-operated cafe is all about celebrating–and doing so with great food. During the holidays, Joan’s offers a special Hanukkah menu, with gourmet spins on traditional foods, including potato latkes with a vanilla bean applesauce and sour cream and broccoli fritters with a lemon yogurt sauce, among others.
Linda’s Gourmet Latkes, Anywhere, USA
For over ten years, this family-owned latke operation has been providing potato goodness to those in need, no matter where they are (as long as they are in the United States and Canada). With a large assortment of flavors, including sweet potato and artichoke, and varieties to meet many dietary requirements (vegan and gluten-free options available), not to mention a collection of gourmet toppings, this website is your one-stop shop for all things latke. And if you’re not sure how many you’ll need to feed your hungry family come Hanukkah, there’s even a handy “latke calculator” available for use.