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  1. Al Ha'esh, translates to on the fire or on the charcoal. It is a nice space carved out of Kosher Mart, which I believe is now called Motti's. The space was known for generations as Katz's. It has its own separate entrance from the supermarket, and is run as a standalone restaurant, although it looks like the kitchen may be shared with Motti's. I have always said that a restaurant cannot survive solely because it is Kosher, it must also have good food. This space may have figure it out. I went here for lunch expecting some good grilled meats, Israeli salads, and some good bread. I did not leave dis-appointed. We started with an order of falafel, hummus, and babaganoush. They were served with hot pita, which was really really good (has anyone noticed pita quality recently has jumped by a huge margin?). The falafel was perhaps the best I have had outside of Israel. The hummus and and babaganoush were also very very good. For my main, I had grilled sweetbreads, which we were told was pancreas. I had never had the opportunity to sample pancreas so I thought I would give it a try. It was decent, although a small portion. It came a with a choice of side, which I opted for Israeli Salad. My friend went full out and got a skewer of chicken, steak (entrecote) and lamb kebab. Entrees come with unlimited salad and pita. The salads alone were enough for a meal, there were about 4 dishes of tahina, tabbouleh, chickpea salad, a tomato onion salad, and something else I cannot remember. All were very fresh and well seasoned. Prices are decent--at lunch, single skewer of your choice is $14.00, $18 if you want a second one, all coming with salads and pita. I should also note that they have a decent well curated beer selection both on draft and in bottles, with prices which will have your head spin a 360, drafts are $4.50 (including Unibroue from Canada, Goose Island, and Smuttynose and bottles are $5.50 (Bear Republic, Founders, Hatachio (from Japan), North Coast, Weyerbacher). Being a Kosher spot, they are not open on Friday or Saturday night.
  2. Dizengoff, 1625 Sansom St. Hours: 10:30 am until 4pm or sell-out. Hummusiya from Michael Solomonov (Zahav). Opened on Aug. 11, 2014 (Foobooz, picture of opening menu on Dizengoff's Facebook page). This past Saturday, I arrived at 30th St Station at lunchtime and took a cab straight to Dizengoff. The hummus at Zahav is my absolute favorite so I was eager to try Dizengoff. Attached is a picture of Saturday's menu (menu changes regularly). You order at the counter. They give you a baseball card with a number, you find a seat, and they bring you your order. There isn't a whole lot of seating. There are 4 picnic tables (2 of them are together end to end) and 2 sets of 2 stools. I had the chicken hummus. The hummus was ultra smooth just like Zahav's and had warm, seasoned, pulled chicken on top. The order came with hot, soft pita bread, 2 long thin pickles, and a cucumber and red onion salad. I loved it all. Attached is a picture. FYI, his other new place Abe Fisher is next door.
  3. Now this means that there will be three good quality eats casual places to get Israeli/Palestinian/Middle East food within 2 blocks when you add in Naf Naf and Yafa Grille. Lucky people who work downtown.
  4. Coincidentally, I got a flyer today advertising the grand opening of Oh Mama Grill on Rollins Ave. (Rockville). I think it is where there is or was a kosher market and the first version of Moti's (now al-Ha'esh). Looks like they have a similar menu to al-Ha'esh.
  5. Cremcafe, located in Rockville Town Center deserves a thread. This is an Israeli style cafe. I can't vouch for the coffee, although I am told it is really good (my 5 year old loves the hot chocolate). The food is really good. The hummus is homemade every day. It is bright and well seasoned, served with a bunch of pita for dipping. The burekas are made in house and are also very good. This is the extent of my dining there (no need to go any further once you try the burekas!). When I took my Israeli friend there, he couldn't believe he hadn't heard about it or been there previously. Come to think of it, I need to go more often.
  6. Miriam Restaurant is a cozy, low lit neighborhood restaurant along the 5th Avenue stretch of Park Slope. A place to catch up with a friend mid-week or when you don't feel like venturing out of your neighborhood for dinner. Apparently the brunch is very popular. We arrived near closing time after taking the train to NYC, not overly hungry but needing a snack and drink to dust off Amtrak. We went with the basics, hummus, falafel, and fried zucchini cakes. Everything was solidly good, the hummus could have used a little kick and the falafel were nicely fried, while the zucchini cakes were fine without being memorable. Miriam is the sort of restaurant every neighborhood needs, the local work horse where you know what you like and probably end up ordering the same handful of dishes over and over again.
  7. Only open a few weeks, Pita Hut has obviously gotten the word out within the local Kosher community. The place was humming along and busy at noon today, and I think I was the only patron not wearing a yarmulke. The menu has a decent number of choices including falafel, schwarma, various kebobs, grilled whole chickens, and of course Jerusalem Mix (steak, chicken, turkey, hot dogs, all mixed together and grilled). There's a large selection of fresh salads out on display, which you can order as a salad plate, as sides, part of the combo platters, or of course stuffed into your schwarma or falafel sandwich. My schwarma sandwich was very good. Excellent pita, lots of very tasty (if a little soft) schwarma, and about 5 different salads spread evenly through the sandwich. For less than $10 including a drink and a side of Israeli salad with pickles, I walked out stuffed and happy. There are quite a few seats, and they seem to be doing a pretty brisk takeout business. I haven't been to Max's in a while, so I hesitate to do a comparison, but the sandwich really was very good. After only one visit I'd hesitate to send someone across town, but I will certainly be back. Don't forget, like Max's, kosher means closed from mid-afternoon Friday until Sunday morning. They note that they are considering opening on Saturday night after Shabbat, a move that I have long suggested to local kosher restaurants who want to survive more than a few months. Website here, but they haven't updated it since they opened. What's on the menu currently is only about half the grill items listed on the website, and the website doesn't list the sandwiches and combo platters.
  8. When it comes to classical music involving pieces highlighting the Violin, a favorite performer of mine is Gil Shaham. One of the pieces I have listened to many times and seen live with him playing (I think twice) is Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor (#64). Here are each of the movements-- 1. Allegro 2. Andante 3. Allegro molto vivace A treat.
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