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Galit is celebrating Hanukkah with dips galore.
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Where to Find Fun Latkes for Hanukkah in Chicago

Fried potato pancakes make everything better — even 2020

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Galit is celebrating Hanukkah with dips galore.
| Galit [Official Photo]

Long, long ago in April, Jewish people across the U.S. celebrated a Passover unlike any others — an ancient ritual complicated by modern problems. Nine months later, Jews face similar challenges and are in need of light, warmth, and a full stomach. Hanukkah this year runs from Thursday, December 10 to Friday, December 18. Many holiday food items are now appearing at growing group of local restaurants for the first time.

Latkes, or fried potato pancakes, are arguably the centerpiece of any Hanukkah meal. As with most things, the holiday treats are the subject of spirited debate among Jewish families, and many have a strong set of opinions on the matter. In the end, there’s a perfect latke out there for everyone.

As of October 30, Chicago restaurants can no longer serve customers indoors. Still, a number of Chicago restaurants have outdoor seating. The state now requires reservations for patio dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fiya

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5419 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(312) 493-0443
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Newish Israeli and Middle Eastern restaurant Fiya in Andersonville is bringing its take on the food of the Levant to Hanukkah tables with a duo of latkes — one “regular,” the other made with spiced sweet potatoes. They come with creme fraiche and apple-pomegranate sauce, and are available through the restaurant’s holiday menu for four, available in meat and vegetarian varieties. Order online via Toast.

2. Galit

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2429 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 360-8755
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Israeli and Middle Eastern smash hit Galit in Lincoln Park from decorated chef Zach Engel has a latke set he’s dubbed “3 Big Ones & All the Dips.” As promised, his lakes are enormous and come with fun dips including herby labneh (everything bagel spice), apple butter (date molasses, urfa bieber), creamy pearl onions (harissa, parsley), and pickled apples (green coriander, olive oil). Place preorders online via Toast.

3. Table, Donkey and Stick

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2728 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 486-8525
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The team at Table, Donkey and Stick has brought back its ultra-crispy bite-size version of latkes for another year, transforming the potato delights into an addictive, snackable form. Bubbe and zayde may not recognize them on sight, but just one bite will get them on board. Order online via Tock under a la carte small plates.

4. Jeff & Judes

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1024 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 661-1227
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This love letter to LA’s Jewish-style delis offers latkes on its regular menu. Former Hoosier Mama Pie baker Ursula Siker is also offering special holiday kits with par-baked latkes that customers can fry at home. A few kits are available part of a larger package via Tock.

Three potato latkes alongside two small cups of sour cream and applesauce Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

5. Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar

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2700 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 661-9577
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Perched on the border of Ukrainian Village and Humboldt Park, Heritage gives latkes an extra boost and helps patrons skip a step by frying grated apple right in there with the potatoes. Those looking for more of a good thing can top ‘em off with creme fraiche and roasted apple butter. They’re available to order a al carte or in concert with options like duck confit matzo ball soup via Tock.

302 N Green St 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 645-1400
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Both of chef C.J. Jacobson’s Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ restaurants are upping 2020’s latke game with an unusual submission featuring Parmesan and Brussels sprouts. The creative take is part of Aba and Ema’s Hanukkah dinner package for groups of two, four, or six. It also proffers roasted brisket with pine nut gremolata, thyme-roasted carrots and labneh, and more. Call (773) 645-1400 (Aba in Fulton Market), (312) 527-5586 (Ema in Streeterville) or order online via Tock.

7. Publican Quality Meats

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825 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 445-8977
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One Off Hospitality (Big Star, Avec, Pacific Standard Time) brings a gourmet touch to the humble latke with creme fraiche and apple mostarda. His fried creations are part of a larger Hanukkah package that also includes Grandma Minnie’s noodle kugel and sweet-and-sour braised brisket. Order online via Tock.

8. Manny's Coffee Shop & Deli

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1141 S Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 939-2855
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A homing beacon for local Jews of Eastern European origin, Manny’s Deli in South Loop has loyally served Chicago since 1942. Its latkes are of the large, hefty variety — no thin, lacy pancakes here — and are available year round. For Hanukkah, the team features a heart-stopping sandwich of sliced pastrami and cheese loaded between two crispy golden disks. “Very popular this time of year,” fourth-generation owner Danny Raskin attests. Order online via Toast.

1. Fiya

5419 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Newish Israeli and Middle Eastern restaurant Fiya in Andersonville is bringing its take on the food of the Levant to Hanukkah tables with a duo of latkes — one “regular,” the other made with spiced sweet potatoes. They come with creme fraiche and apple-pomegranate sauce, and are available through the restaurant’s holiday menu for four, available in meat and vegetarian varieties. Order online via Toast.

5419 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

2. Galit

2429 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Israeli and Middle Eastern smash hit Galit in Lincoln Park from decorated chef Zach Engel has a latke set he’s dubbed “3 Big Ones & All the Dips.” As promised, his lakes are enormous and come with fun dips including herby labneh (everything bagel spice), apple butter (date molasses, urfa bieber), creamy pearl onions (harissa, parsley), and pickled apples (green coriander, olive oil). Place preorders online via Toast.

2429 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

3. Table, Donkey and Stick

2728 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

The team at Table, Donkey and Stick has brought back its ultra-crispy bite-size version of latkes for another year, transforming the potato delights into an addictive, snackable form. Bubbe and zayde may not recognize them on sight, but just one bite will get them on board. Order online via Tock under a la carte small plates.

2728 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

4. Jeff & Judes

1024 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Three potato latkes alongside two small cups of sour cream and applesauce Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

This love letter to LA’s Jewish-style delis offers latkes on its regular menu. Former Hoosier Mama Pie baker Ursula Siker is also offering special holiday kits with par-baked latkes that customers can fry at home. A few kits are available part of a larger package via Tock.

1024 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

5. Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar

2700 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Perched on the border of Ukrainian Village and Humboldt Park, Heritage gives latkes an extra boost and helps patrons skip a step by frying grated apple right in there with the potatoes. Those looking for more of a good thing can top ‘em off with creme fraiche and roasted apple butter. They’re available to order a al carte or in concert with options like duck confit matzo ball soup via Tock.

2700 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

6. Aba

302 N Green St 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60607

Both of chef C.J. Jacobson’s Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ restaurants are upping 2020’s latke game with an unusual submission featuring Parmesan and Brussels sprouts. The creative take is part of Aba and Ema’s Hanukkah dinner package for groups of two, four, or six. It also proffers roasted brisket with pine nut gremolata, thyme-roasted carrots and labneh, and more. Call (773) 645-1400 (Aba in Fulton Market), (312) 527-5586 (Ema in Streeterville) or order online via Tock.

302 N Green St 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60607

7. Publican Quality Meats

825 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

One Off Hospitality (Big Star, Avec, Pacific Standard Time) brings a gourmet touch to the humble latke with creme fraiche and apple mostarda. His fried creations are part of a larger Hanukkah package that also includes Grandma Minnie’s noodle kugel and sweet-and-sour braised brisket. Order online via Tock.

825 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

8. Manny's Coffee Shop & Deli

1141 S Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60607

A homing beacon for local Jews of Eastern European origin, Manny’s Deli in South Loop has loyally served Chicago since 1942. Its latkes are of the large, hefty variety — no thin, lacy pancakes here — and are available year round. For Hanukkah, the team features a heart-stopping sandwich of sliced pastrami and cheese loaded between two crispy golden disks. “Very popular this time of year,” fourth-generation owner Danny Raskin attests. Order online via Toast.

1141 S Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60607

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