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Where To Eat Latkes in Philadelphia This Chanukah

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Not-your-average latke, Honey’s deep-fried, Southern style rendition comes in a triangular shape. Photo by Stephanie Singer.

Let’s face it, there’s only so much potato peeling and frying you can do during eight days of Chanukah celebrations. So why not try latkes from our local chefs and restaurateurs?

For the past 21 years, Terry Berch McNally has celebrated Chanukah at her London Grill gastropub in the Art Museum section of Center City. This year, her “8 Days of Latkes and Lights” event will feature a daily candle lighting at 5:30 p.m. and the essential latkes.

You can get your basics: potato, sour cream and applesauce. Or, be adventurous with toppings such as beet horseradish cream, caviar, smoked fish or beef tongue served pickled or braised.

“I love connecting the restaurant with my Jewish heritage,” McNally says.

She’s not alone. Here’s a list of some of the places around the city that will also be serving their variations on the traditional potato latke:

Holiday Latkes

(Available only during the Chanukah season)

London Grill
2301-2303 Fairmount Ave.
(215) 978-4545

Eat London’s modern take on traditional latkes and light the candles with the owners.

Miss Rachel’s Pantry
1732 West Passyunk Ave.
(215) 798.0053

In their cozy South Philly cafe, Miss Rachel’s will be offering sweet potato latkes as part of their weekend vegan brunch.

Sabrina’s Cafe
1804 Callowhill St.
(215) 636-9061

Sabrina's will be serving traditional potato latkes at their Art Museum outpost with a twist on the toppings: apple pear and cranberry persimmon sauces as well as roasted garlic and dill sour cream. If you know Sabrina's, you know you need to try them!

926 South St.
(215) 592-8180

Supper offers Chanukah spuds with your choice of apple chutney and sour cream or crispy chicken skin and fried onions.

237 Saint James Pl.
(215) 625-8800

Chef Michael Solomonov pairs his latkes with salmon basturma and apple labaneh this season as part of a "Chanukah Mesibah" menu. The $48 price fixe meal also comes with five other courses, including sufganiyot. Advance reservations requested.

365 Days of Latkes

(These places serve potato pancakes all year long)

Brauhaus Schmitz
718 South St.
(267) 909-8814

Brahhaus’s potato pancakes are simply seasoned to perfection.

Frankford Hall
1210 Frankford Ave.
(215) 634-3338

Frankford Hall, a hip beer garden in Fishtown, serves German-style potato pancakes with an add-on for smoked salmon on the side.

Famous 4th Street Delicatessen
700 South 4th St.
(215) 922-3274
38 South 19th St.
(215) 568-3271

Mini latkes, big flavor. Be sure to ask for sides of apple sauce and sour cream!

Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat
800 North 4th St.
(215) 925-1150

Not-your-average latke, Honey’s deep-fried, Southern style rendition comes in a triangular shape.

For the Love of Local Latkes,

The Bubbi Project

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