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Carry-out latkes?

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In anticipation of Chanukah and in an effort to avoid filling my very small apartment with a very fried smell as in years past, I was wondering if anybody knows of any good carry out latke options in DC.

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    James Glucksman

    I have never had even close to acceptable take-out latkes, neither in NYC nor here in DC. I think it has to do with the fact that they turn out more like french fries in that you really have to fry them again to make them palatable. But I bet that places like Chutzpah out near me in Fairfax/Fair Oaks would do excellent eat-in latkes.

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    1. re: James Glucksman

      please provide address of Chutzpah, thanks.

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        James Glucksman

        All the talk of latkes led me to Chutzpah for lunch today (where I had a knish--just like I remember from the old Knish Nosh on Queens Boulevard in Rego Park). Anyway, Chutzpah is located on West Ox Road just south of Route 50 in Fair Oaks (in the shopping center with the Safeway). Not sure of the exact address. They do have latkes, by the way.

        1. re: James Glucksman

          Do they have borekas by any chance?

          1. re: Winnie

            If those are also known as boreks, head over to Simit Bakery at Main Street and Pickett Rd. in Fairfax. Their boreks -- spinach and cheese, parsely and cheese, etc -- are fantastic, and cheap. I think they might have some sweet ones (apricot maybe?) as well as savory.

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              James Glucksman

              No, they don't have borekas. I think you'd need a Turkish place for that.

      2. While it's not even close to being the same as good old fashioned latkes, in an effort to prevent your apartment from smelling like the fried verion, they do sell frozen latkes which can be pan-fried or baked. While it's no replacement for the true homestyle latkes, it might serve your purpose.

        1. Why not check with Eatzi's in Rockville or Sutton Place? They're usually pretty attuned to holiday entertaining needs of the folks in their environs. I'm not too crazy about the smell of fried food that lingers in the house for days, but my family won't let me not make latkes at least once. They are awfully tasty when they come right out of the pan. I can't eat apples or applesauce, so I eat latkes with sour cream and homemade cranberry sauce. It's really yummy. I make extra at Thanksgiving, with some lemon peel, ginger and cassis in it.

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          1. re: zora

            My god, the cranberry sauce sounds as good as the latkes. Can you give out the recipe? Thanks...

          2. Thanks for the suggestions. A friend of mine had another idea. She adds onions to leftover mashed potatoes and cooks them in a waffle iron sprayed with Pam. Not latkes, but low-fat and not too stinky. For Chanukah, however, I may just bite the bullet and fry.