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12 Places to Get Latkes That Aren’t Your Bubbie’s House

The real miracle of oil: Potato pancakes

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Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, celebrates miraculous oil that burned for eight days and nights. But the real miracle of oil, of course, lies in its ability to fry up delicious potato pancakes. That process can be on the messy side, and since there are no rules in Judaism against ordering out for food — in fact, it’s fairly encouraged — here are a few places that will take care of the latke part for you.

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1. Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen

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1475 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 848-3354
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T’is the season for latkes at Saul’s: The Berkeley restaurant and deli has even got a latke tent and beer garden going Thursday December 14th through Sunday December 17.

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2. Beauty's Bagel Shop

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3838 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 788-6098
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Oakland’s Montreal-style bagel shop is selling latkes like hotcakes with homemade organic apple sauce and sour cream. They require 48 hours notice for orders, so it’s a good thing Hanukkah lasts eight nights.

3. Grand Lake Kitchen

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576 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 922-9582
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The mensches at Grand Lake Kitchen are serving a Hanukkah menu — and holiday wine flights — including gefilte fish made from California halibut with watermelon radish and mushroom broth, braised brisket with horseradish cream, and savory noodle kugel. Of course they’ve got latkes, too, with applesauce and creme fraiche.

4. Miller's East Coast Delicatessen

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1725 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 563-3542
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You can trust a place that serves latkes daily to come through with the classics during the holiday rush. Miller’s on Polk has all the bases covered with relatively few frills, including kugel, blintzes, and brisket.

5. Fiorella

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2339 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 340-3049
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Cheery Richmond District pizzeria and Italian eatery Fiorella is preparing a small Hanukkah menu this year including latkes with apples, parsley, and horseradish salad. There’s also chicken liver with eggs and herbs and marinated artichokes — plus, you know, pizza.

6. Max's Opera Cafe

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601 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 771-7300
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This Civic Center restaurant surely hasn’t been touched since the ‘80s, which doesn't make it particularly fresh. Still, it serves pastrami, a passable matzo ball soup, and latkes on the regular, and for that, credit is due. There’s also a full bar, should it be required.

7. Suppenküche

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525 Laguna St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 252-9289
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Kosher? Not sure. German? Yes. Regardless, Suppenküche’s potato pancakes are delectable and served with a side of apple sauce it’s impossible not to finish.

8. The Alembic

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1725 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 666-0822
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When Rachel Aronow took over the Kitchen at the Alembic, she tolld Eater SF that diners could expect to “see a bit of ‘Jewish grandmother doing fine dining’” in her cooking. That’s on full display with her refined Hanukkah tasting menu, served through the 20th, which includes her take on a classic latke: It’s a crisped potato-sweet onion pancake with fermented beet and carrot.

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9. Canela Bistro & Wine Bar

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2272 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 552-3000
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Castro tapas restaurant Canela is celebrating the festival of lights with a prixe fixe menu of dishes from chef Mat Schuster including sweet potato-and mushroom latkes, served with pimenton sour cream and quince-apple sauce. Good luck explaining that one to your zayde. And while Shuster isn’t serving traditional sufganiyot, he does nod to them with his jelly-filled churros.

10. Delfina

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3621 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 552-4055
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The coveted duck fat-fried latkes are back all Hanukkah long, as are more holiday menu items, at Craig Stoll’s classic 18th Street eatery. In fact, Delfina’s even got adorable homemade chocolate gelt for the occasion.

11. Bi-Rite Market

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3639 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 241-9760
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Jack of all organic food trades Bi-Rite has declared itself “Hanukkah Headquarters” with a menu of holiday delights including crispy latkes to be re-heated at home.

12. Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

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3150 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 787-3354
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Wise Sons 24th Street Street delicatessen not only serves latkes, they deliver them with their Hanukkah catering menu, along with matzo ball soup and more. Plus they’ve got sufganiyot, a traditional Hanukkah jelly donut, filled with house-made strawberry jam, that are available at all locations.

1. Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen

1475 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
Saul’s Saul’s

T’is the season for latkes at Saul’s: The Berkeley restaurant and deli has even got a latke tent and beer garden going Thursday December 14th through Sunday December 17.

1475 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709

2. Beauty's Bagel Shop

3838 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Oakland’s Montreal-style bagel shop is selling latkes like hotcakes with homemade organic apple sauce and sour cream. They require 48 hours notice for orders, so it’s a good thing Hanukkah lasts eight nights.

3838 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609

3. Grand Lake Kitchen

576 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

The mensches at Grand Lake Kitchen are serving a Hanukkah menu — and holiday wine flights — including gefilte fish made from California halibut with watermelon radish and mushroom broth, braised brisket with horseradish cream, and savory noodle kugel. Of course they’ve got latkes, too, with applesauce and creme fraiche.

576 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

4. Miller's East Coast Delicatessen

1725 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

You can trust a place that serves latkes daily to come through with the classics during the holiday rush. Miller’s on Polk has all the bases covered with relatively few frills, including kugel, blintzes, and brisket.

1725 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

5. Fiorella

2339 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

Cheery Richmond District pizzeria and Italian eatery Fiorella is preparing a small Hanukkah menu this year including latkes with apples, parsley, and horseradish salad. There’s also chicken liver with eggs and herbs and marinated artichokes — plus, you know, pizza.

2339 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121

6. Max's Opera Cafe

601 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

This Civic Center restaurant surely hasn’t been touched since the ‘80s, which doesn't make it particularly fresh. Still, it serves pastrami, a passable matzo ball soup, and latkes on the regular, and for that, credit is due. There’s also a full bar, should it be required.

601 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102

7. Suppenküche

525 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Kosher? Not sure. German? Yes. Regardless, Suppenküche’s potato pancakes are delectable and served with a side of apple sauce it’s impossible not to finish.

525 Laguna St
San Francisco, CA 94102

8. The Alembic

1725 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

When Rachel Aronow took over the Kitchen at the Alembic, she tolld Eater SF that diners could expect to “see a bit of ‘Jewish grandmother doing fine dining’” in her cooking. That’s on full display with her refined Hanukkah tasting menu, served through the 20th, which includes her take on a classic latke: It’s a crisped potato-sweet onion pancake with fermented beet and carrot.

1725 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94117

9. Canela Bistro & Wine Bar

2272 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Castro tapas restaurant Canela is celebrating the festival of lights with a prixe fixe menu of dishes from chef Mat Schuster including sweet potato-and mushroom latkes, served with pimenton sour cream and quince-apple sauce. Good luck explaining that one to your zayde. And while Shuster isn’t serving traditional sufganiyot, he does nod to them with his jelly-filled churros.

2272 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114

10. Delfina

3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

The coveted duck fat-fried latkes are back all Hanukkah long, as are more holiday menu items, at Craig Stoll’s classic 18th Street eatery. In fact, Delfina’s even got adorable homemade chocolate gelt for the occasion.

3621 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

11. Bi-Rite Market

3639 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Jack of all organic food trades Bi-Rite has declared itself “Hanukkah Headquarters” with a menu of holiday delights including crispy latkes to be re-heated at home.

3639 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

12. Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

3150 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Wise Sons 24th Street Street delicatessen not only serves latkes, they deliver them with their Hanukkah catering menu, along with matzo ball soup and more. Plus they’ve got sufganiyot, a traditional Hanukkah jelly donut, filled with house-made strawberry jam, that are available at all locations.

3150 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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