For our American viewers, our chef guide Mike Solomonov’s restaurants are a bit easier to get to than Israel. Most are in Philadelphia - the only problem is deciding which one to go to. Don't take our word for it - Eater Magazine called him "the genius of Jewish cooking" and Saveur said "This is a man who can do more with eggplant than most chefs can do with a chicken." Mike won Outstanding Chef (can you say Oscar?) by James Beard in 2017 and his book Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking, won the Beard Cookbook-of-the-Year award in 2016.
Zahav - $$$
Website | 237 St James Pl, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Mike’s Israeli restaurant and winner of the James Beard award for Best New Restaurant in the Mid-Atlantic. Fusing all the complex traditions and flavors across Israeli cooking into one menu, and adapting it for American ingredients. Famous for its lamb, its hummus, and salatim, Zahav is frequently listed as one of the best restaurants in the country. Popular with just about anyone who eats there, this is as close as your taste buds can get to our film without going to Israel.
Abe Fisher - $$
Website | 1623 Sansom Street, Philadelphia
Abe Fisher is a restaurant dedicated to the food of the Jewish diaspora. By definition then, it’s not quite Israeli cuisine. However the food of the Jewis on the some of the same cuisines that inspire Modern Israeli cooking. It’s also delicious. Their Montreal-style short ribs are among the most popular menu items.
Mike Solomonov’s simple, creamy, hummus tehina is dressed up a variety of ways at his casual hummusiyas. Be prepared for the tastiest Israeli lunch this side of the Atlantic. Many Israelis swear it's as good as anyplace in the Holyland
Dizengoff Philadelphia, New York (Chelsea Market)
Website | 1625 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Dizengoff New York - $
Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave., New York, NY
250 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127
Gourmet fried chicken, donuts, and coffee shop. Not quite Israeli cooking - though you can get your chicken with Za’atar - but incredibly tasty.