Year Course The Best Pitas in Tel Aviv
Something Year Coursers can all agree on: Tel Aviv has some amazing options for cheap and tasty food, whether at noon, midnight, or anywhere in between. Here are six of Tel Aviv’s best meals in a pita, perfect for vegans, vegetarians, carnivores, and anyone who wants a taste of the city’s world-renowned cuisinse without hurting their wallets too hard.
Down an alley off the main drag at Shuk HaCarmel Market, Panda Pita sources all of it’s delicious ingredients from inside the market – including the eggplant used for their amazing vegan steamed eggplant pita, the fish for their Tunisian ceviche, and the meat for their hearty “Sloppy” pita. Malan Street 47, Tel Aviv
Jasmino offers late-night strollers the true definition of street food: a storefront so small, there’s nowhere to sit. Have no fear, you can stand at the counter and enjoy lamb kebab, spicy beef sausage, or chicken thighs stuffed into a warm pita and smothered in onions and hot pepper, chopped salad, cabbage, tehina, and golden amba. Allenby Street 97.
It’s loud, it’s chaotic, it’s delicious! Miznon pack some real punches in their pitas, with unique meat choices (turkey livers, minute steak) and a variety of satisfying vegetarian options like ratatouille, buttered potato, and soft roasted cauliflower, all stuffed inside some of the fluffiest pitas this side of the Mediterranean. Ibn Gabirol 23, King George Street 30.
Vegetarians of Year Course, unite! When Aristotle said that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, he was definitely talking about the sabich at Sabich Frishman. Soft fried eggplant and potato, a chopped egg, layered between hummus, salads, onions, tehina, amba, and some kind of mystery spice seasoning that ties the whole thing together in a deeply philosophical way. Grab one after a long morning at the beach and you’ll know what we mean. Frishman Street 42.
You’ll know you’re in the right place when you find the stall at Shuk HaCarmel Market where a guy behind a huge deep fryer is yelling “Burika Burika Burika!” Not to be confused with its flaky cousin the boureka, a burika is a very thin layer of dough pulled over an egg, or lamb, or potato, or all three into a crescent shape and deep fried, then stuffed into a pita and covered in tehina and chopped tomatoes. Shuk HaCarmel 42.
Falafel still reigns supreme as Tel Aviv’s #1 food stuffed into a pita, and HaKosem is legendary. Get it with lots of hummus, fried eggplant, spicy garlic, tehina, amba, salad, whatever you else you like, and sit down to enjoy a classic staple of Israeli street food. Be’teavon! Shlomo HaMelekh 1.