This Hanukkah, your food choices will most likely be: Bubbie's latkes, your Aunt Joyce's latkes, or some (un)holy hybrid of the two. And while they both make some great potato pancakes (really, Bubbie, they're great!), there are some places around the country that are taking Hanukkah to the EXTREME -- and staying somewhat kosher in the process.
Check out these five hard-hitting Hanukkah hunger-destroyers.
Gotham Burger NJ (address and info) Teaneck, NJ Kosher burger joint Gotham Burger wasn't content to offer just one latke-bunned burger this holiday season, so they're shelling out an awesome duo of potato pancake behemoths -- one with pulled brisket, and a Mexican-inspired alternative with pico de gallo and guacamole. And that's all in addition to deep-fried gelt, which should be the only way to eat gelt.
Federal Donuts (address and info) Philadelphia, PA Sufganiyot get the royal treatment at Federal Donuts, which has remixed these honey-dipped mini-donuts by adding a generous portion of raspberry jam. Act quickly, though, because they're only available until the 24th via pre-order (the oil is probably the only thing that will last longer).
Taquitoria (address and info) New York, NY The so-called "latkito" takes the concept of latkes and turns it on its head... and then spins it... not unlike a dreidel. These suckers come with apple sauce, sour cream, and chives, and are available every night of Hanukkah.
Horseradish-crusted brisket with sweet potato latkes
Crush (address and info) Las Vegas, NV The appearance of brisket on your table this Hanukkah will undoubtedly be heralded by some "oohs" and "aahs", but that can't compare to the awed silence that assuredly accompanies this horseradish-crusted brisket from Crush at the MGM Grand.
Latke chicken fingers
Sticky's Finger Joint (address and info) New York, NY The centerpiece (shamash?) of this veritable smorgasbord of Hanukkah foods has got to be Sticky's Finger Joint's Latka Fingers, which are marinated in a mixture of buttermilk, onion, and applesauce mix before being dredged with grated onion, shredded potato, and matzo meal before deep-frying.
Of course they come with sour cream and applesauce for dipping. They're not meshugganah.
Adam Lapetina is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and really, really likes his Bubbie's latkes. Read his musings at @adamlapetina.