By Jan Walsh // Photography by Beau Gustafson
Eli’s Jerusalem Grill is an organic restaurant with two locations, on Highway 280 and at the new Pizitz Food Hall downtown. Chef Eli Markshtien serves grass-fed beef, organic chicken, lamb along with falafel, homemade pita, soups, salads, desserts, organic wine, and organic beer. Eli’s also uses non-GMO oils.
Kabob options include organic chicken, grass-fed beef, grass-fed lamb, and kefta (ground, grass-fed beef and lamb). My favorite is a plate of chicken kabobs served over basmati rice with Israeli salad. I order with sides of hummus, pita, and falafel and pair with a selection from his organic wine list. The chicken is marinated and grilled on skewers with seasonal veggies. Each piece is juicy and bursting with flavor, enhanced by his special organic, Israeli marinade. The yellow basmati rice is an al dente delight and provides a perfect backdrop for the kabobs, although the Israeli couscous is also a tasty option. And the acidic veggie salad rounds out the dish. I have never had better hummus or fresher, better pita bread than Eli’s. So I always order mine with hummus and fresh pita and a side of his addictive falafel