best Israeli food?
Depends what you're looking for... Mama's Vegetarian is easily the best for Israeli-style falafel, they bake their own pita too and also do sabich and have good burakas. Meat stuff I don't know of any spectacular places but there are some decent options like Hamifgash for schwarma. Kanella, a Cypriot restaurant, makes really good shakshouka for brunch. The shakshouka at La Va is pretty good too (Israeli owned coffeeshop). I have also heard really good things about the shakshouka at Soup Kitchen Cafe in Fishtown. Burger.org has good chicken schnitzel but the rest of the food is pretty bad -- it's kosher burgers with some Israeli-style stuff on the menu.
Then there is Zahav which is an elevated take on Israeli cuisine. Definitely worth a visit but not traditional food -- though their hummus is the best around and the same style as what you would get in Israel. Good salatim like roasted eggplant as well. Mama's hummus great too.
Edit -- I just saw that La Va now has a dinner menu with lots of Israeli dishes, looking forward to trying this soon.
Well, Citron and Rose may not be 'typical' Israeli food;
it's more of an fun take on Eastern European foodways,
but I thought it was pretty terrific. It is Glatt Kosher,
but all my negative thoughts about delicacy and comparative
quality to an upscale non-Kosher place melted away.
It is also not in Philly technically, but in Merion Station, on
the main drag, served by a PHilly bus.
Outstanding service; energetic vibe, not pretentious at all.
Pricey, but worth it IMO.
Not Kosher, but sure felt echt Israeli to me would be Zahav.