Philadelphia, PA - The Philadelphia-Israeli street food scene is intense, thanks to falafel joints Goldie, Mama’s Vegetarian and hummus shop Dizengoff. Listed below are some of the best places in Philly to enjoy Israeli Street Food in the City of Brotherly Love.
Israeli Street Food in Philly
Dizengoff – Named after the Tel Aviv street lined with open-air cafes, Dizengoff is an Israeli hummusiya, attracting lines out the door for its unique creamy, smooth, silky soft chickpea dip which is swirled in a shallow dish, covered with olive oil and stuffed with shredded chicken, pepper walnut, beets or mushrooms. Just like nearby Federal Donuts, Goldie, Abe Fisher, The Rooster, and Old City’s Zahav, this location is owned by Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook. 1625 Sansom Street, (215) 867-8181, www.dizengoffhummus.com.
Israeli Falafel Shop Philadelphia
Goldie – An all-vegan, kosher, walk up falafel shop by Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov offers four items: falafel (in a pita or a salad, available in 3 spice combos), shawarma-spiced French fries, drinks (turmeric lime soda, sour cherry iced tea,) and tehina-based shakes flavored in original sesame, Turkish java, mint chocolate or banana. The lunchtime lines are worth the wait. Located at 1526 Sansom St., (267) 239-0777, www.goldiefalafel.com.
Israeli Vegan Philadelphia
Mama’s Vegetarian – starving office workers, college students, and Center City locals lined up and waited with patience to get their hands on some mouthwatering, vegan, kosher, Israeli-style falafels. The homemade pita is soft, it cuddles the falafel patties, and each and every order arrives topped with hummus, tehina sauce, cabbage along with toppings bar items. With just a few tables as well as very little elbow room, many a lot of folks choose lunch to go and eat in Rittenhouse Square a short distance away. 18 S. 20th Street, (215) 751-0477, www.mamasfalafel.com.