Jerusalem's Oldest Bakery Only Makes One Thing—and It's Perfect

The Zalatimo family's mutabak—a pastry of buttered phyllo, goat cheese, and sugar—is still cooked on the same handmade copper plates from 1860.
Justin Fornal

How One Jerusalem Joint Is Dealing with Israel's Terrible Restaurant Wages

If you think American waiters get screwed, Israelis have it even worse. At the kosher restaurant Crave, servers and bartenders receive a fair hourly wage, rather than surviving off unreliable tips.
Ilan Ben Zion

How a Tiny Homebrew Shop Kicked Off a Craft Beer Revolution in Israel

Denny Neilson is the American father of Israeli microbrewing and the sole purveyor of hard apple cider in the land of milk and honey. As the craft brewing scene has exploded in Israel over the past decade, he’s been there every step of the way.
Ilan Ben Zion

Ramen Has Finally Arrived in Israel

The absence of pork ramen at Mian Noodles represents the chef's willingness to forgo gustatory greatness in exchange for accommodating Jewish customers’ dietary restrictions.
Ilan Ben Zion

A Brewery Recreated 2,000-Year-Old 'Biblical Beer'

Israel’s smallest brewery took wheat that was the same strain used for beer in the Holy Land 2,000 years ago and produced five gallons of “Biblical Beer.”
Alex Swerdloff
Vegetarian cuisine

Jerusalem's Best Vegetarian Restaurant Doesn’t Do Aesthetics

In Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market, chef Yehezkel Bibi runs one of the city's most popular vegetarian joints—but there are no glossy hardbacks or branded canvas shopper bags here.
Grace Banks

Shamburak Is the Most Beloved Comfort Food of the Kurdish

For Kurds living in Israel, <i>shamburak</i>—dough stuffed with ground beef and spices—tastes like home. “It’s an experience which gives me the shivers thinking about it.”
Ilan Ben Zion

Banned in the US, Qat Juice Is Buzzing in Israel

The psychostimulant plant known as qat—which contains compounds that are chemically similar to ephedrine and amphetamines—is banned in the US and much of Europe. But in Israel, it's legal, prolific, and delicious to chew.
Ilan Ben Zion

An Israeli Designer Is Turning Giant Dough Balls Into Edible Art

Who needs ovens when you have a small army of designers packing industrial heat guns that produce 1,000 degrees of baking firepower? Omer Polak did just that with his Blow Dough project, turning the humble pita into a piece of tasty sculpture.
Matthew Zuras