Merkaz is from the same people as Dizengoff and Goldie, and it also does Israeli street food. But instead of focusing on hummus or falafel, Merkaz serves breakfast every morning, with things like shakshuka and za’atar toast, and then moves on to pita sandwiches and Israeli sodas for lunch. They don’t really do dinner, but they stay open until 7pm, and you can get a whole roast cauliflower or chicken to take home. Because it’s in the middle of all the office buildings, lines get very long at lunchtime. Come around 2pm for a late lunch, though, and you’ll be able to get a crispy eggplant sabich or Jerusalem grill with chicken hearts in warm, fluffy pita in just a few minutes.
Where we've featured it
More spots in Center CitySee more
Concourse Dance Club
Concourse is a night club in Center City, and all you really need to know about it is there’s a full-room ball pit inside.
The Rib Stand
The Rib Stand is a small counter spot in Reading Terminal Market with really good dry-rubbed ribs.
El Techo is a rooftop bar above Condesa that looks like it belongs in Miami or Mexico City.
More Sandwiches spotsSee more
Angelo’s is a counter-service pizza shop in Bella Vista with an excellent Detroit-style “Upside Down Jawn” pizza.
Circle Pizza is pretty much the only place you want to get pizza from if you’re in Avalon or Stone Harbor.
Porcos is a small sandwich shop with mostly porchetta on the menu, plus a full on-site bakery.
Suggested by our writers
Suraya is a Lebanese spot in Fishtown that’s great for a date, brunch, or a big group dinner. Honestly, it’s great for everything.
K’Far is an all-day Israeli cafe from the people who run Zahav, and while it’s better known for breakfast, it also serves an excellent dinner.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more