Here’s Where to Get Your Latke Fix around Boston This Hanukkah

By Eric Twardzik
11/29/2021
The Best Latkes in Boston CAFE POLONIA
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Whether you call them latkes or potato pancakes and enjoy them as a yearly tradition or simply to satisfy a craving for all things crispy and fried, these hash brown-esque wonders are worth seeking out. Fortunately, Boston’s got a strong batch of latke suppliers, ranging from traditional Jewish delis and a Polish restaurant in Dorchester to an annual boozy Hanukkah pop-up. Check out our picks for a whole lot of latke.

Mamaleh’s Latkes

Neo-traditional Jewish deli Mamaleh’s offers latkes for dining in or takeout from its Kendall Square and Brookline locations. You can opt to have the crispy-crunchy, golden-brown latkes served hot with sour cream and applesauce—the traditional accompaniments—or grab a half-dozen from the deli case to reheat at home later. And as part of Mamaleh’s special Hanukkah menu, available beginning November 28 this year, you can also pick up a fry-at-home latke mix that allows you to whip up a dozen (almost) from scratch. 

Michael's Deli

Michael's Deli Latkes

While Brookline’s New York-style Michael’s Deli touts itself as “The Corned Beef King,” the Potato Latkes are, in fact, not to be missed. Just like the famed Corned Beef Reuben, the hot and crispy latkes prepped at Michael’s are old-school, unfussy, and will totally satisfy your craving. And should you be feeding a latke-loving crowd, know that they’re available by the dozen in platter form. 

Inna's Kitchen

The Best Latkes in Boston - Inna's Kitchen

Inna’s Kitchen Culinaria, a kosher kitchen in Newton run by a mother-and-son duo featuring Jewish cuisine from around the globe, sells scratch-made frozen latkes by the dozen in two iterations: a traditional preparation and a vegan version that swaps out eggs for chickpea flour and ground chia seeds. And if you can’t make the trip to Newton, know that Inna’s delivers throughout the Greater Boston Area via Mercato and WhatsGood.

Maccabee Bar

Maccabee Bar

Boston bartender Naomi Levy brings us Maccabee Bar, an annual Hanukkah-focused cocktail pop-up, which returns to Variety Bar at Bow Market from November 29 through December 12. Fellow Bow Market vendors are providing the snacks this year, including Saus latkes—but guests will also have the chance to experience the Hanukkah favorite in potable form via the Latke Sour, a cocktail made with apple brandy, lemon, potato, and barrel-aged bitters.  

Cafe Polonia

Cafe Polonia Latkes

Potato Pancakes cross over into many Eastern European cuisines, including Polish cooking. Dorchester classic Café Polonia offers their fluffy, oversized iteration year-round as an entrée with sour cream, apple sauce, or Hungarian goulash; or as an appetizer portion with smoked salmon and sour scream. 

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