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Dec 4, 2007 07:21 AM

[DAL] Latkes to Go?

I'd like to celebrate Hanukkah tonight (I'm not Jewish, but have many fond memories of Shabbat dinners with friends in college).

I'm wondering if there's anywhere in Dallas that I can pick up prepared latkes and other traditional foods for this evening, maybe to go with a roast chicken. I asked the DMN Eats blog to cover it, but they haven't posted anything.

Does anyone know if I'd have luck at Whole Foods or Central Market?



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  1. WF at Forest and Preston not only has latkes but a load of other prepared Hanukkah foods.

    1. Funny enough I just noticed them at Central Market.

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      1. re: irodguy

        Yes, and I got them at Central Market this evening. I heated them up in toaster oven and ate them with the Central Market homemade apple sauce. They were delicious! They also have brisket/pot roast and chopped chicken liver, both of which are super ethnic and Chanukah appropriate.

        1. re: hhshames

          I went to Whole Foods at 3:45, and they were out of latkes. The guy who checked me out said they'd been out since that morning. We picked up a rotisserie chicken that was OK, and some hash browns.

          I made the "shortcut" latkes from the recipe that was on the DMN website and they were tasty -- I'd describe them as fresh. I felt kind of guilty not grating the potatoes myself, however. I mean, why not just call them hash browns? I tried to remind myself of the story of the Macabees. :) It's more about the oil, after all.

          1. re: cooper281c

            I like making latkes at home but boy do they smell up the house with a string frying odor.

            1. re: Scagnetti

              I hear that. And my mom would always grate a little bit of her knuckle in it, until the good olde food processor. They are quite a production, but I still think I may make them this weekend.

      2. Try, Ed's Deli or Deli News. Good chance you will find what you want in either of these two (Jewish) deli's.

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        1. re: twinwillow

          Oy! The reason that latkes are the things you crave is the personalization lent by those little shards of knuckle skin and the rosy protein enhancement of a bit of blood.

          If you don't make them yourself (or find someone who does), I second the suggestion of Ed's or Deli News. Latkes, unlike hashed browns, are grated RAW potatoes. Actually, there are some very coarse microplanes that would do a great job. And very sorry but ... I hoard chicken fat and make my own schmaltz to fry them in. Hey, once a year is not going to kill me. The extra fat goes into making gehakte leber.

          Further to thread, we're talking about hard-core ethnic comfort food here ... so it's blasphemy, akin to pronouncing the name of G*d to consider the aroma, the perfume, the seduction of frying latkes anything less than a burnt offering. Properly prepared latkes are right up there with world-class schtupping ... how can you say they smell! Ach! Du bist a shunte fun die goyim!!! Feh! May all your latkes be made with mashed potatoes ... from a box!!!

          Most cordially,


          1. re: theabroma

            <<Properly prepared latkes are right up there with world-class schtupping ... >>

            I don't thing I'll ever be able to look at latkes the same way again!