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You don't have to be Kosher to like this very casual Israeli place

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You don't have to be Kosher to like this very casual Israeli place

middleagedfoodie | Jul 28, 2011 02:49 AM

Judah in the shopping center on Krewstown Rd between Grant Ave and Gregg St. is a truly no frills little place that is not afraid of garlic or jalapenos. Being kosher and serving beef and chicken, there is, of course, no dairy.

Only been there twice for lunch and ordered the same thing both times - choice of 6 vegetarian items for $13.95. With the world's most delicious homemade, fresh out of the oven, pillowy like pita, this was more than enough for lunch for my husband and me. Each time, we were brought a complimentary small plate of a sour pickled shredded cabbage with turnip and carrot slices. Each time we got delicious smokey, garlicy baba ghanosh, a delicious tomato and sweet pepper dish with just enough heat called mabousha, that seemed to have a North African pedigree and OK chopped beets with onions that weren't the disgustingly sweet pickled beets you get from a jar. On one visit we got the humus, one of the best preps I've had because of all the yummy garlic and plenty of oozing olive oil. The carrots are good, but not as interesting as the other dishes. They are drizzled in olive oil with some herbs. The spicy tomato salad is an Israeli take on Mexican tomato salsa and just as spicy as the Mexican version with almost as many jalapenos as tomatoes. Israeli chopped salad is crisp and fresh, but, again, not as memorable as the other dishes. We ordered the white cabbage salad once, but found it pretty ordinary with nothing special to grab us like the best dishes.

We plan to come back for dinner, but be warned, if you want to bring wine, it has to be kosher. There are the usual Israeli choices of kebabs and schnitzel dishes. I would hesitate to order any of the desserts as I would assume they are made with margarine, oil and dairy substitutes.

Service was very attentive both times.

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