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Fried potato latkes at Buffalo & Bergen come with creme fraiche and mascarpone dip and bourbon and Granny Smith apple relish.
Fried potato latkes at Buffalo & Bergen come with creme fraiche and mascarpone dip and bourbon and Granny Smith apple relish.
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Where to Find Latkes and Other Hanukkah Specials in D.C.

Find to-go latkes, cookies, jelly doughnuts, and more

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Fried potato latkes at Buffalo & Bergen come with creme fraiche and mascarpone dip and bourbon and Granny Smith apple relish.
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Thursday, December 10, marks the first night of Hanukkah this year, prompting Jewish communities to light the menorah, spin the dreidel, unwrap chocolate gelt, and tuck into potato latkes with apple sauce and sour cream. The holiday, commemorating the victory of the Maccabees over Greek-Syrian forces and the subsequent rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, centers around the story of a miraculous oil that kept holy candles burning for eight nights. so eating sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) and other fried foods is a tradition. At these 15 D.C. restaurants and markets, customers can find holiday dishes and other Jewish treats, with plenty of options for takeout and delivery.

A number of D.C. area restaurants have resumed dine-in service. 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. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. 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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Max's Kosher Cafe and Marketplace

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In addition to corned beef sandwiches, fried chicken, and knishes, this kosher deli in Wheaton sells some of the D.C. area’s best Israeli-style falafel and shawarma. Max’s has a new online portal for pickup orders, and latkes are on the menu for walk-ins. It’s open from noon to 7:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Parkway Deli & Restaurant

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The Silver Spring deli, which dates back to 1963, is renowned for its versatile menu, golden matzo ball soup, extensive pastry case, and a dedicated pickle bar. Latkes can be ordered plain, but for a complete meal, get the dish with two potato pancakes topped with lox and over-easy eggs. Get traditional Jewish fare for carryout here or delivery via Postmates. There’s covered outdoor dining, too.

Bread Furst

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The Hanukkah menu at this Van Ness cafe from outstanding baker Mark Furstenberg has it all: chocolate babka, latkes, cinnamon-raisin kugel, braised brisket and onions by the pound, raspberry jam doughnuts, and walnut rugelach. The specials are available through December 17 at the shop, which opens every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Calling ahead is encouraged.

Wagshal's Market

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The gourmet market and butcher shop in Spring Valley, which has an excellent deli in the same shopping center, has a huge selection of Hanukkah specials in its online store. Find everything from mini latkes and blintzes to jelly doughnuts and holiday wine packages.

Mini latkes from Wagshal’s
Mini latkes from Wagshal’s
Wagshal’s [official]

Ashok Bajaj’s Israeli restaurant, the Cleveland Park sibling to Bindaas, offers a Hanukkah prix fixe ($85 for two) for dinner from December 10-18. Dishes include latkes topped with smoked salmon and sumac-dill labneh, braised brisket, and tahina sufganiyot.

 A lamb shank from sababa
A lamb shank from sababa
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Call Your Mother (Multiple locations)

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Preorder personal portions of latkes or raspberry-guava doughnuts for pickup from the popular “Jew-ish” deli and bagel shop.

Baked by Yael

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This kosher bakery in Woodley Park sells wooden menorahs shaped like dogs, cats, or train cars with cake pops acting as placeholders for candles.

La Bodega

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Executive pastry chef Paola Velez’s weekend bakery in Compass Rose riffs on babka, a traditional Jewish deli dessert, by offering a version of the sweet, braided loaf interspersed with dulce de leche. Other limited babka specials have played with pandan or cream cheese with guava ganache. Preorder for pickups on Tock. Other cakes, cookies, and merch can be bought and shipped around the country.

Dulce de Leche babka from La Bodega bakery inside Compass Rose
Dulce de Leche babka from La Bodega bakery inside Compass Rose
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Baker’s Daughter

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The new gourmet market from Gravitas chef Matt Baker has a Hanukkah-at-home dinner with a la carte options like matzo ball soup, latkes, and brisket, or a package deal that serves four to six people for $185. Place orders here through December 18.

Loeb's NY Deli

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The second-generation owners of this D.C. deli institution are still hard at work while the formerly tourist-heavy downtown neighborhood is struggling. Customers can support the three Loeb siblings by calling the restaurant to place holiday lunch orders of potato latkes and jelly doughnuts, available for carryout, curbside pickup, or delivery.

To-go latkes from Loeb’s Deli in downtown D.C.
To-go latkes from Loeb’s Deli in downtown D.C.
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Fare Well

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Hanukkah specials at the vegan diner on H Street NE include latkes, egg-free challah, and plant-based cheese boards with macadamia nut ricotta. Order for pickups here.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken (Multiple Locations)

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Quick to offer themed doughnut specials, Astro has a Hanukkah cookie doughnut and a cherry jelly doughnut to ring in the Jewish holiday. New ghost kitchen Satellite Sandwiches also has Hanukkah cookies with vanilla glaze, shortbread crumble, and royal icing through December 18. Order for pickup or delivery here.

Hanukkah cookie doughnuts from Astro
Hanukkah cookie doughnuts from Astro
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Buffalo & Bergen (Multiple locations)

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Gina Chersevani’s soda counter and deli — known for bagels, knishes, and bloody marys — sells individual orders of latkes with bourbon applesauce, creme fraiche, chives. Trays of latkes are available through the catering department with 24 hours notice, too. Order online from the Capitol Hill or Union Market locations.

Fried potato latkes at Buffalo & Bergen come with creme fraiche and mascarpone dip and bourbon and Granny Smith apple relish.
Fried potato latkes at Buffalo & Bergen come with creme fraiche and mascarpone dip and bourbon and Granny Smith apple relish.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Neighborhood Provisions

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Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s delivery service has a variety of Hanukkah specials available for a December 17 dropoff, including latkes, whitefish dip, chicken liver pate, and braised brisket. D.C. pickups are available at the Bluejacket brewery in Navy Yard.

Celebrity Delly

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The nearly 50-year-old deli in Falls Church offers individual latkes ($3.75) and a brisket dinner special with mashed potatoes and green beans for $14.99. Order takeout here.

Max's Kosher Cafe and Marketplace

In addition to corned beef sandwiches, fried chicken, and knishes, this kosher deli in Wheaton sells some of the D.C. area’s best Israeli-style falafel and shawarma. Max’s has a new online portal for pickup orders, and latkes are on the menu for walk-ins. It’s open from noon to 7:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Parkway Deli & Restaurant

The Silver Spring deli, which dates back to 1963, is renowned for its versatile menu, golden matzo ball soup, extensive pastry case, and a dedicated pickle bar. Latkes can be ordered plain, but for a complete meal, get the dish with two potato pancakes topped with lox and over-easy eggs. Get traditional Jewish fare for carryout here or delivery via Postmates. There’s covered outdoor dining, too.

Bread Furst

The Hanukkah menu at this Van Ness cafe from outstanding baker Mark Furstenberg has it all: chocolate babka, latkes, cinnamon-raisin kugel, braised brisket and onions by the pound, raspberry jam doughnuts, and walnut rugelach. The specials are available through December 17 at the shop, which opens every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Calling ahead is encouraged.

Wagshal's Market

Mini latkes from Wagshal’s
Mini latkes from Wagshal’s
Wagshal’s [official]

The gourmet market and butcher shop in Spring Valley, which has an excellent deli in the same shopping center, has a huge selection of Hanukkah specials in its online store. Find everything from mini latkes and blintzes to jelly doughnuts and holiday wine packages.

Mini latkes from Wagshal’s
Mini latkes from Wagshal’s
Wagshal’s [official]

Sababa

 A lamb shank from sababa
A lamb shank from sababa
Greg Powers/Greg Powers Photography

Ashok Bajaj’s Israeli restaurant, the Cleveland Park sibling to Bindaas, offers a Hanukkah prix fixe ($85 for two) for dinner from December 10-18. Dishes include latkes topped with smoked salmon and sumac-dill labneh, braised brisket, and tahina sufganiyot.

 A lamb shank from sababa
A lamb shank from sababa
Greg Powers/Greg Powers Photography

Call Your Mother (Multiple locations)

Preorder personal portions of latkes or raspberry-guava doughnuts for pickup from the popular “Jew-ish” deli and bagel shop.

Baked by Yael

This kosher bakery in Woodley Park sells wooden menorahs shaped like dogs, cats, or train cars with cake pops acting as placeholders for candles.

La Bodega

Dulce de Leche babka from La Bodega bakery inside Compass Rose
Dulce de Leche babka from La Bodega bakery inside Compass Rose
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Executive pastry chef Paola Velez’s weekend bakery in Compass Rose riffs on babka, a traditional Jewish deli dessert, by offering a version of the sweet, braided loaf interspersed with dulce de leche. Other limited babka specials have played with pandan or cream cheese with guava ganache. Preorder for pickups on Tock. Other cakes, cookies, and merch can be bought and shipped around the country.

Dulce de Leche babka from La Bodega bakery inside Compass Rose
Dulce de Leche babka from La Bodega bakery inside Compass Rose
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Baker’s Daughter

The new gourmet market from Gravitas chef Matt Baker has a Hanukkah-at-home dinner with a la carte options like matzo ball soup, latkes, and brisket, or a package deal that serves four to six people for $185. Place orders here through December 18.

Loeb's NY Deli

To-go latkes from Loeb’s Deli in downtown D.C.
To-go latkes from Loeb’s Deli in downtown D.C.
Gabe Hiatt/Eater D.C.

The second-generation owners of this D.C. deli institution are still hard at work while the formerly tourist-heavy downtown neighborhood is struggling. Customers can support the three Loeb siblings by calling the restaurant to place holiday lunch orders of potato latkes and jelly doughnuts, available for carryout, curbside pickup, or delivery.

To-go latkes from Loeb’s Deli in downtown D.C.
To-go latkes from Loeb’s Deli in downtown D.C.
Gabe Hiatt/Eater D.C.

Fare Well

Hanukkah specials at the vegan diner on H Street NE include latkes, egg-free challah, and plant-based cheese boards with macadamia nut ricotta. Order for pickups here.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken (Multiple Locations)

Hanukkah cookie doughnuts from Astro
Hanukkah cookie doughnuts from Astro
Scott Suchman/For Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

Quick to offer themed doughnut specials, Astro has a Hanukkah cookie doughnut and a cherry jelly doughnut to ring in the Jewish holiday. New ghost kitchen Satellite Sandwiches also has Hanukkah cookies with vanilla glaze, shortbread crumble, and royal icing through December 18. Order for pickup or delivery here.

Hanukkah cookie doughnuts from Astro
Hanukkah cookie doughnuts from Astro
Scott Suchman/For Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken

Buffalo & Bergen (Multiple locations)

Fried potato latkes at Buffalo & Bergen come with creme fraiche and mascarpone dip and bourbon and Granny Smith apple relish.
Fried potato latkes at Buffalo & Bergen come with creme fraiche and mascarpone dip and bourbon and Granny Smith apple relish.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Gina Chersevani’s soda counter and deli — known for bagels, knishes, and bloody marys — sells individual orders of latkes with bourbon applesauce, creme fraiche, chives. Trays of latkes are available through the catering department with 24 hours notice, too. Order online from the Capitol Hill or Union Market locations.

Fried potato latkes at Buffalo & Bergen come with creme fraiche and mascarpone dip and bourbon and Granny Smith apple relish.
Fried potato latkes at Buffalo & Bergen come with creme fraiche and mascarpone dip and bourbon and Granny Smith apple relish.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Neighborhood Provisions

Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s delivery service has a variety of Hanukkah specials available for a December 17 dropoff, including latkes, whitefish dip, chicken liver pate, and braised brisket. D.C. pickups are available at the Bluejacket brewery in Navy Yard.

Celebrity Delly

The nearly 50-year-old deli in Falls Church offers individual latkes ($3.75) and a brisket dinner special with mashed potatoes and green beans for $14.99. Order takeout here.

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