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Where to get Toronto's best latkes

Latkes, the classic Jewish dish of crispy potato pancakes, are a treat for the holidays and for every day. We weigh up Toronto's best.

Toronto's best latkes | A plate of latkes with dips from United Bakers

'Tis the season for eating, right? Just kidding, we know the holidays are so much more than that, but also lets not pretend that food doesn't play a big role. Every year we look forward to an influx of treats and smoked meat and if there's one thing we absolutely can't wait to get our paws on, it's latkes. 

Raggmunk, draniki, deruny — call 'em what you want, but one thing is for sure, there's no denying that these shallow-fried potato pancakes are delicious. Whether you're looking for latkes for your big Hanukkah spread or simply want a snack, we've got a list of Toronto's best. We picked our eight favourite places to get latkes, so you can order takeout and delivery from a different spot for each day of Hanukkah — you're welcome. 

From the famous Daiter's that's been open since the 1930s to the modern Sara Restaurant that takes an innovative, fine-dining approach to latkes, we've got you covered for Hanukkah and beyond. 

If you're looking for more festive eats, check out or list of Toronto's best cookies and our annual Foodism holiday gift guide, featuring the best food and drink gifts of 2020. Happy eating and l'chayim! 

Where to get the best latkes in Toronto for Hanukkah and beyond

United Bakers

506 Lawrence Ave. W.

Toronto's best latkes | A plate of latkes with dips from United Bakers

The OG of Toronto’s Jewish restaurants, UB (or United Bakers, to the uninitiated) has been around since 1912. Since then, they’ve relocated twice, but they’ve been at their current spot at the cornerstone of Lawrence Plaza since the 1980s. 

Hot, crispy and just the right amount of greasy, the latkes here are well worth the trek up to Lawrence and Bathurst. For $13.99 you'll get a dinner-sized serving of six golden potato pancakes that will fill you up and then some. Call 416-789-0519 to place your delivery or takeout order. 

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Fat Pasha

414 Dupont St.

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Blending Israeli and Sephardic cuisines, Fat Pasha is the go-to Annex spot for creamy hummus, shakshuka and, of course, those classic potato latkes. It just wouldn't be Hanukkah without a half-dozen order of Linda's latkes ($20) with sour cream and Linda's very own apple sauce.

Or get the whole latke shebang ($44) with smoked Nova Scotia salmon and smoked whitefish salad. We're not sure who Linda is, but we sure like her latkes which are ready to re-heat when you are. Order from their website. 

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Free Times Café

320 College St.

Toronto's best latkes | A plate of latkes with dips from Free Times Café

Blurry nights and live music may be the first things that come to mind when you think of this College Street venue that’s been around for some 40 years. But the bar and restaurant also offers an expansive menu of homecooked Jewish and Middle Eastern comfort food. 

Here, one order of latkes comes with six ($11) of the tasty morsels and includes applesauce and sour cream for dipping. Their brisket latke slider ($8.95) sees 3 oz of brisket topped with sautéed onions and chipotle mayo sandwiched between two of the golden circles. Call 416-967-1078 or find them on Uber Eats and Door Dash.

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Zelden's Deli and Desserts

1446 Yonge St.

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Classic deli favourites meet modern design at this midtown locale where you can stock up on deli meat by the pound or freshly baked knish. Their golden brown potato latkes ($7.50) come with sour cream or apple sauce and are a great addition to any of their signature, stacked deli sandwiches.

During the holiday season they're also offering their homemade latkes by the dozen which you can call ahead (647-347-3474) to pre-order. You can also find them on Uber Eats, Skip the Dishes and Ritual. 

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Centre Street Deli

1136 Centre St.

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Centre Street Deli has been serving the Thornhill community since 1988. They specialize in hand cut sandwiches with smoked meat falling out the sides and we've heard their beef knish with scratch-made gravy is pretty darn good too.

To slop up all the gravy and brisket drippings, they've got potato latkes by the dozen ($27.50) or order a dozen vegetable lakes ($29.50), they basically count as a side salad, but way better. Call for pickup at 905-731-8037 or find them on Skip the Dishes and Door Dash. 

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Daiter’s Kitchen

3543 Bathurst St

Toronto's best latkes | A plate of latkes with sour cream and tomatoes from Daiter's

Daiter’s has been a family business and a Toronto institution for Jewish food staples since the 1930s, changing locations several times before landing on Bathurst Street north of Lawrence. All of their products are kosher and they have a separate meat kitchen and a dairy room.

Coming in at $3.99, this is an easy entry point if you’ve yet to experience the crispy bundles of joy for yourself. While it only comes with two latkes, these babies are large and in charge, and served with a generous side dollop of sour cream. If two just won’t cut it, you can opt for a dozen mini latkes ($8.99) instead. While you’re here, try their famous cream cheese – this is how Harry Daiter started the business more than 80 years ago.

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Sara Restaurant 

98 Portland St.

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Latkes can totally be a full meal and for a fine dining approach to these precious potato, ermm, squash pancakes, look no further than Portland Street's modern, globally-inspired restaurant Sara. Their classic squash latkes ($14) are topped with salmon roe, chive cream and maple kombu – which is edible kelp for that little bit of saltiness and sweet from the maple. Sara's latkes are almost too pretty to eat... Almost. You can call 416-985-5721 or order online from their website. 

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Primrose Bagel  Co.

317A Oakwood Ave.

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We didn’t choose the bagel life, the bagel life chose us. What started as a series of pop-ups and backyard parties last year has grown into a “bagel lifestyle brand” with its very own store on St. Clair West.

Primrose’s hand-rolled, malt-boiled circles of doughy goodness may be the star, but don't let the nosh go unnoticed. Their latkes with charred scallion crema and apple pear sauce have also attracted quite the cult following. Pre-order on their website, they go fast. 

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