Latke Fail.

I went to Block’s Bagels this past weekend. Prior to arriving, I was imagining Block’s to be like The Bagel, one of my regular food stops during my Chicago days. Huge gobs of cream cheese, fresh bagels, chunks of lox, capers, tomatoes, red onions and coffee. Sigh. I miss that place.

The layout and menu of Blocks wasn’t too different, although I did not see capers, and both the tomatoes and the red onions looked (and tasted) as if they’d been sitting out since August. Tomatoes shouldn’t be pink, but then again, I shouldn’t expect an August tomato in April. The bagel was a bit chewy, maybe even stale. But the lox was delicious.

When I walked in, the first thing I saw was a sign for latkes. My heart skipped a beat. Latkes are both delicious and a ton of work. (The last time I made them, I had visible scars for weeks.) So. To have someone else make them for me? Joy!


Now I may be a mere shiksa, but this, my friends, is not a latke. This is a McDonald’s hash brown.

I’ll have to go back to Block’s, mainly because I want to try some of their deli sandwiches. But something tells me that it’s probably time for a trip back to the old neighborhood in Chicago.

P.S. This shiksa is going to attend her first Seder dinner tonight. I’ll try to sneak some pictures.

Block’s Bagels
3415 E Broad St
Columbus, OH 43213
(614) 235-2551


5 thoughts on “Latke Fail.

  1. pdxmatt says:

    I just made some last night and understand the joy of buying them. You should give them another go though. I used sunchokes, leeks and potatoes. Still ended up baking them and that finished them off alright.

  2. marsha says:

    made me chuckle!

  3. maya says:

    Matt, my mom would like me to inform you that leeks and sunchokes (whatever *those* are, she says) do NOT belong in a traditional latke. Keeping them warm in a low oven, yes; baking to finish, not so much. But, y’know, things change, fusion cuisine, whatever. Points for keeping it in the family!

    Also, she wants to know when you’re converting.

  4. Jaydubs says:

    I’ve never had the latkes at Block’s (the ones at Katzinger’s are terrific, tho), so I can’t speak to them, but I will say that I can’t imagine your bagel was stale — they bake ’em every day! Personally, I usually go for the veggie reuben. It’s nummers.

    (Also, I should have warned you — Block’s is not a capers kind of place. I think of it more as Jewish comfort food, not a fancy deli, if that makes sense.)

  5. jill says:

    NOT a latke. Am I right, Marsha? Pretty soon I’ll write a post about my own latke-making experience, which involved, if I remember correctly, several phone calls to Maya who in turn called you.

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