Hanukkah is in full swing and on the fourth day, we bring to you a veggie sandwich of latke proportions. Zaidy's has been around as long as some natives can remember (29 years, to be precise), dishing up latkes, kugel, knishes, and more in Cherry Creek North. So to celebrate this year's Festival of Lights, we tried out the deli's Label's Special without lox.
The sandwich is constructed of two giant latkes engulfing a bed of onions, cream cheese, capers, tomato, and two eggs cooked to your preference. This is the kind of sandwich you'll need a fork and knife to consume; not only is it massive, but the initial characteristics of a sandwich quickly becomes unrecognizable as such. The first few bites are mostly latke -- potato-ey, salty, standard. A few more bites in, you arrive at the cream chese and onions, like you're just eating a regular latke with the proper fixings (with cream cheese standing in for sour cream). It's not until you break the egg that the flavors change, becoming more than what's generally associated with latkes -- but familiar nonetheless. It now resembles a breakfast of eggs and hash browns.
Because of the sandwich construction, the bottom latke can get a little mushy if you're not a fast eater; the cream cheese and eggs yolks could eventually soften even the crispiest of fried foods. Soggy latkes are an unpleasant surprise, but the top latke wasn't particularly crispy either. Whether it was an unfortunate inconsistency in the kitchen or just a recipe low on crunch, it is definitely worth requesting the potato pancakes extra-crispy when ordering.
The Label's Special may not have that same crunch that your bubbie's latkes have, but at the very least, it is definitely something your body will thank you for the day after a vodka latke party. Because what's going to cure that potato hangover? More potatoes. Keep in mind that Zaidy's is a diner, so where it may be lacking in the presentation and style of a fine dining establishment, it makes up for with free pickles and the charm of thirty years in the business come 2015.
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This latke sandwich will set you back $14.95, but if you're not up for a meal quite so large, there are several other veggie options to choose from, like a veggie sandwich with avocado and Russian dressing or an Israeli salad with balsamic dressing and hummus. And don't forget about the black and white cookies up front!