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Very biased Israel food review

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Just came back from 2 weeks in Israel and here are my very biased opinions...

1. Best coffee: the Yotvata rest stop on the way to Eilat
2. Best meal deal: 20 NIS personal pizza at the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem. Not great food but not terrible.
3. Most fun: Achlah in Eilat. (Shipudim ordered by the skewer, although I was disappointed that they didn't have rice. Great laffa!)
4. Nicest breakfast: the 110 NIS breakfast for 2 at Gary's Mamilla in Jerusalem.
5. Favorite dish (personal choice): Sushi Rechavia's grilled salmon sushi. Note that I am NOT a raw fish eater so judge accordingly.
6. Best value for a group: Shabbat takeout at Chiffon in Neve Daniel. We bought a complete Shabbat lunch for 10 very hungry young adults with lots of leftovers for around $225 give or take.
7. Biggest disappointment: Remembering after the fact that the word for lamb is not "egel" when I ordered schwarma in the Malcha food court.
8. Best indulgence: Anything sold at Mamlechet haHalvah in Machane Yehudah.
9. Funniest food event: I went to Uzi-Eli in Machane Yehudah to get my favorite Mashke haMelachim and asked them if it was really gat in the tea. (I am trying to spell it with a 'q' but my web browser keeps correcting it!) Then I asked if I could buy some to take back to the US and the young man replied very matter-of-factly "of course not, it's illegal in the US."
10. Best meal that I didn't get: DH went Liliot in Tel Aviv and said it's very similar to Terra Sur in Oxnard, CA.

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  1. Best cake and coffee deal: Cafe Neeman in the Rova. The breakfast deal is just so-so but the breads and cakes are amazing.

    Another good meal: Marvad HaKesamim on Emek Refaim. This was also the best leftovers the next day.

    Lovely lunch: Cafe Rimon in Mamilla.

    Just ordinary:

    Burger's Bar - but my son and his friends asked me to take them there

    the dairy restaurant in the Cardo: my son liked it and I did not. He loves their sweet potato ravioli, I disliked it immensely. Nice quiet place to sit though.