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Shawarma and Falafel
Like much of the Middle East, shwarma and falafel stalls are everywhere. In fact, delicious as they are, I'm sure you'll have so many you'll get sick of them before you leave. But before you do, this is one of the best places I found. Well actually it was the very first place I found, but it was extremely good so I went back. And handily - although not particularly imaginatively - it's called "Schawarma and Falafel"
To be honest there's not much to distinguish the hundreds of similar stalls across the city so I wouldn't suggest trekking for miles to get here... but if you're in the area check it out. A bread roll stuffed with hummus, falafel, salad and a handful of chips makes a very filling snack and at just ten shekels (2 dollars) you won't find any much cheaper. Schwarmas are similar but a bit bigger and more expensive. You can eat in or takeaway.
Felafal: Eating on a budget
I love felafal. I have tried making my own but they never taste the same. Felafal shops are evrywhere in Tel Aviv and range from little takeaway kiosks to larger sit downs.
In all the best felafal bars you go in, order a pitta stuffed with felafal and pay the server. Then you go to the salad bar and see how much salad you can stuff into the pitta before it splits its sides.
Choose from lettuce, sliced onion, diced tomatoes, chopped peppers, various pickles ( watch out for the pickled chillis...phew!), sometimes even rather soggy (potato) chips.
The better felafal establishments ( by no means the most expensive) also offer a choice of sauces, from mild through to hot chilli sauce, to minty, yoghurty sauces. Delicious stuff, and extremely heathy.
Various: Felafel & schwarma
Felafel is a regional speciality and felafel and schwarma (kebabs in the UK - pitta and meat) stalls abound on every street corner. As you would expect, quality varies enormously - prices do not! 10 NIS for a full felafel, 15 NIS for a schwarma.
All will serve felafel in a full pitta with humus/tahina and chopped salad. You then help yourself to chopped aubergine, gherkins, peppers and other salads.
Personal favourites: Felafel Sabich on the corner of Dizengoff & Frischman. More upmarket is Orne V'Ella on Yehuda Ha'Levi.
Schwarma (ordered with Iraqi bread rather than pitta is better) - corner of Dizengoff and Jabotinsky.
Turk Lahmacun: The real thing (Shawarma-wise...)
Döner Kebab can be found everywhere in Israel, only here it's called Shawarma. But, the stuff you get here is a cheap imitation of the Turkish original. While there you get lamb meat, here you will get turkey or veal with some lamb fat on top. One of the places to get the real thing is this place. They serve lamb Shawarma and of course other Turkish dishes like lahmacun and different kebabs.
Everywhere: The Famous falafel
Where ever you go in Israel you can find this nice small places where they sale one
The famous Falafel !
Its a good dish especially if your vegetarian, Served in a pita bread with salad and chips (if you like it.. that is) and there are planty of more salads to add to it as much as you wont for NO additional paying.
Prices for such dish is aprx 10 Shekels which is less then 2 Euro... and after such meal you wont feel hungry for quite a few hours...
The israeli streets are one...
The israeli streets are one big eatery, everyone seems to have something in their hands and are stuffing it into their mouths.It probably goes back to the jewish mother thing...food cures all ills.
the best thing about the falafel shawamma etc. is you dont have to leave the street, they are sold from open fronted stalls,the selection of salads spread out will knock your eyes out.
Favorite Dish: If you are doing israel on a budget,try a falafel,pita bread stuffed with falafel balls and all kinds of salads,you can take as many or as much salad as you want, an expert can stuff into that pita enough salad to feed a family for a week...its an art.All this for approx.2.50 USD. If your feeling flush you can go for Shawamma,which in fact replaces the falafal balls with meat which you can see barbacuing on an upright spit,all for the princely sum of 3 to 4 USD.now if your really hungry go for Shawamma in Lafa bread, which is a closed pita the size of a tray,they bung everything on it and wrap it into a bungle,its a challenge to get it into your mouth,if you have dentures forget it...it will knock you back about 5 dollars.
Gili_S's Restaurant Tip
Favorite Dish: In Tel-Aviv you can find anything, but being a tourist maybe it’s better to try more of the traditional fast food.
Falafel stands are common and the cheapest way
to filled your empty stomach.
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