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The Ultimate Guide to Eating Latkes in Boston

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With Hanukkah now upon us, here's a guide to satisfying your deepest potato pancake urges. The list includes both classics and innovations, from delis to upscale holiday prix fixe menus to a neighborhood diner. Was your favorite local latke left out in the cold? Poor little pancake: tell us all about it in the comments or send it in via the tipline. One word: many of these latkes are limited to special menus for Hanukkah, so give a ring if you're looking for them after December 16.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sabur

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212 Holland St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 776-7890
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Served with sour cream as an appetizer, at brunch only

2. Deluxe Town Diner

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627 Mt. Auburn St.
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 926-8400
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Order a short or full stack of New York Potato Pancakes or their distant cousin, the Sweet Potato Flapjacks.

3. Park

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59 JFK St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 491-9851
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Here a latke appears within chef Mark Goldberg's rotating selection of meat pies. This one is filled with brisket, a potato latke and roasted apple.

4. UpStairs on the Square

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91 Winthrop St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 864-1933
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Part of Chanukah prix fixe ($58) through December 14 (though they're closed on December 13). With honeycrisp applesauce and pickled ginger.

5. Craigie on Main

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853 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 497-5511
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Parsnip and potato latkes are served with horseradish cream and house-cured sea trout.

6. Rubin's Kosher Delicatessen

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500 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 731-8787
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Here latkes are served with tongue, brisket, or, why not, tongue and brisket! They also accompany the rib eye and seafood entrees. Or you can just get them as an appetizer with sour cream and applesauce.

7. Zaftigs Delicatessen

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335 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 975-0075
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Available as a starter, with in-house applesauce and sour cream, in a combo alongside a blintz, knish and kugel, and in sandwich form, as The Lupo, with brisket and horseradish between two potato pancakes.

8. Church

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69 Kilmarnock St.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 236-7600
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Counterintuitive as it may seem, you can indeed eat a latke at Church. Here they appear as a side.

9. Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro

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25 Charles St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 723-7525
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Served with a salt cod and crème fraîche garnish, sliced heirloom apples and brined juniper berries. On the menu through December 16.

10. Jacob Wirth

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31 Stuart St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 338-8586
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Potato pancakes are served here as an appetizer or small plate, with cinnamon crème fraîche and roasted apples.

11. Café Polonia

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611 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 269-0110
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Grilled potato pancakes are topped with smoked salmon and served with sour cream. You can also order them with goulash. Why wouldn't you order them with goulash?

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1. Sabur

212 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144
Served with sour cream as an appetizer, at brunch only
212 Holland St
Somerville, MA 02144

2. Deluxe Town Diner

627 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown, MA 02472
Order a short or full stack of New York Potato Pancakes or their distant cousin, the Sweet Potato Flapjacks.
627 Mt. Auburn St.
Watertown, MA 02472

3. Park

59 JFK St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Here a latke appears within chef Mark Goldberg's rotating selection of meat pies. This one is filled with brisket, a potato latke and roasted apple.
59 JFK St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

4. UpStairs on the Square

91 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Part of Chanukah prix fixe ($58) through December 14 (though they're closed on December 13). With honeycrisp applesauce and pickled ginger.
91 Winthrop St
Cambridge, MA 02138

5. Craigie on Main

853 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Parsnip and potato latkes are served with horseradish cream and house-cured sea trout.
853 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139

6. Rubin's Kosher Delicatessen

500 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
Here latkes are served with tongue, brisket, or, why not, tongue and brisket! They also accompany the rib eye and seafood entrees. Or you can just get them as an appetizer with sour cream and applesauce.
500 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446

7. Zaftigs Delicatessen

335 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02446
Available as a starter, with in-house applesauce and sour cream, in a combo alongside a blintz, knish and kugel, and in sandwich form, as The Lupo, with brisket and horseradish between two potato pancakes.
335 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA 02446

8. Church

69 Kilmarnock St., Boston, MA 02215
Counterintuitive as it may seem, you can indeed eat a latke at Church. Here they appear as a side.
69 Kilmarnock St.
Boston, MA 02215

9. Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro

25 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114
Served with a salt cod and crème fraîche garnish, sliced heirloom apples and brined juniper berries. On the menu through December 16.
25 Charles St
Boston, MA 02114

10. Jacob Wirth

31 Stuart St., Boston, MA 02116
Potato pancakes are served here as an appetizer or small plate, with cinnamon crème fraîche and roasted apples.
31 Stuart St.
Boston, MA 02116

11. Café Polonia

611 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02127
Grilled potato pancakes are topped with smoked salmon and served with sour cream. You can also order them with goulash. Why wouldn't you order them with goulash?
611 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02127

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