One of the bests, if not the best, winery in Israel. Nowadays, there are dozens little wineries everywhere in Irael, producing some great wines. But in 1983, when this winery was founded, the situation was quite different. There was virtually no wine culture in Israel. The Golan Heights Winery started making excellent wines, causing the older wineries to improve their wines too and started a wine culture from nothing. Here you can visit the winery, taste the wines and, of course, buy some in the local shop.
Sun-Thu: 8:30-17:00 (18:30 in July-August)
While visiting Katzrin in the Golan Heights we went one morning in search of breakfast and found the Franchook where we met Beni, the owner and spent an enjoyable time eating his special "shakshuka", an eggs and vegetables dish that he makes up with his special recipie. I do admit it was excellent.
Not only do they serve breakfast, but they are also a bakery and have very good pastries, some of which we took back home with us.
We were a group of 6 and EVERYONE commented on the enjoyable, good and personal service we got here. One of our group is on a special diet and asked Beni (the owner) if she could bring her food from outside....not only did Beni say yes, but he also provided her with plates and utensils. A very unusual occurance. All in all I would recommend the Franchook to anyone, just tell Beni that you are friends with "those people" from Arad !!
Favorite Dish: "shakshuka", an eggs and vegetables dish, just perfect for a good breakfast.
Stopped in with Zohara and Hrvojka to try the new Golan Brewery in Katzrin. They have constructed a very nice pub on the second floor, above the brewery. They also have tours so you can see what your are drinking.
They have a "sampler" of the 4 types of beer they make here, you can see in the picture that they run from light to dark....well worth the stop.
You can find out more on their web site.
Here at Meatshos they specialize in the meat from the cattle grown locally on the Golan Heights. The setting is simple, set in an industrial building with few frills, this place is made for meat. The do have a butcher shop adjacent to the restaurant where you can purchase the exact cut of meat that you just "sampled" in the restaurant. They also have many accessories for meat such as good knives, sauces, wines and even grills.
This is NOT a place for a casual meat meal, they serve LARGE portions anywhere from a half kilogram to a full kilogram (well I guess you COULD share it between two people ;O)))
Favorite Dish: They serve a "mixed platter" where you get spits of several cuts of meat, served on a hot platter to keep it warm. The T-Bone also received our "seal of approval".
I enjoyed the Prime Rib (1 kilogram) which was great.