Category: Middle eastern

Eli’s Jerusalem Grill: A Pizitz Food Hall Story

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Blog fans, We cannot tell you how excited we are to have such a healthy and delicious addition to the Downtown food scene from two of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Enjoy! Beautiful photos courtesy of our friends at Yellowhammer Creative.   Born in Israel, Eli Markshtien grew up cooking at his grandmother’s knee in her tiny kitchen. Utilizing fresh ingredients, mostly grown and raised in her modest yard she was able to create simple dishes that were far more flavorful than what Eli was able to find at local restaurants. After years of learning by watching and helping,...

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Taboon Noon o Kebab

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Last week, in response to our post about Falafel Cafe, loyal blog fan Janica sent us this question: “Have you been to Taboon Noon o Kabab in Hoover yet? It’s next to Mandarin House, where Purple Onion and Chick’n’Out once were.” We chatted back and forth about the place. She had only positive things to say and recommended the kubideh, a Persian dish of minced beef (80% meat and 20% fat according to this article) shaped into a kebab and grilled. We’ve had this before, at the Persian restaurant we used to love in NYC, but never in Bham. We...

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Falafel Cafe

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Two weeks ago, while driving down 19th Street South from Southside to Downtown (on my way to meet Mr Foodie for dinner at Bamboo), I noticed this sign: (Exact location: 19th St S and 4th Ave S) As I was driving and not able to add it to our list of places to try, it flew under my radar. That is, until last week when our friend Henna messaged me that her friend had just opened a new middle eastern place. That was the reminder I needed. Mr Foodie and I made plans to go that evening. Falafel Cafe is in the...

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Eli’s Jerusalem Grill

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Mr Foodie and I were running some errands at the Summit (read: guiltily returning some online shopping purchases) and looking for a place to have lunch afterwards. Whenever we visit an area of town, even one we’ve been to a million times, we try to find a new and interesting place to eat. A few Google, Yelp, and Urbanspoon searches revealed a brand new Isreali place on 280 that had been open for less than a week and already seemed to have a dedicated following. Israeli food is something I grew up with as a kid in Pittsburgh. There used...

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Olive Branch

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Last week was our 7 year wedding anniversary. Adorable, I know. Since we’ve been kinda obsessed with this blogging thing lately (have you noticed?), we decided to try a place we had never been to before with the hopes of writing an adorable, romantic blog post about our new find. Well-epic fail. This is not that post, because the place we went was just … meh. We were both so disappointed that we decided to have an anniversary do-over – adorable, yes, I know. At a tried and true local gem that we have been to at least a dozen...

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