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If you’re a carnivore in Tel Aviv, let’s get down to the meat of the issue: you’d be wise not to limit yourself to shwarma and kabobs (plenty more on that elsewhere). Surprisingly, the Tel Aviv burger scene is a thing, and the city’s top chefs have been one-upping each other in the last couple of years. The result? A delectable stack of options that could keep your itinerary and stomach full for a week. Here are our top picks:
The Meat Bar and Brasserie are the Tel Aviv old guard classics. The former is located in the bustling Sarona Market – a foodie’s heaven; arrive ready to shop, too. The latter is right across from Rabin Square – the perfect place to stop after a day of touring. Expect white tablecloths and great service – and best to make a reservation beforehand if you can.
Vitrina has a line around the corner almost any time of day – which is a good thing. Go with a friend and a cold drink and chat up the crowd as you wait. The Diner by Goocha offers an extremely Happy Hour of 2 for 1 burgers, hailed by locals as the best deal in the city.
The Prozdor, near the beach, literally has 15 different burgers to choose from and Fat Cow, helmed by celeb chef Tom Aviv, marries burgers and style all together in one delicious bun.
Omer Miller’s Susu & Sons has been in such high demand that they sprouted new location all over the city, including the energetic corner of Dizingoff and Arlozorov. Their toppings are far from classic, and include lobster, fried egg, and blue cheese. (If you’re with a health-conscious friend, send them across the street to the colorful Tamara kiosk for the best smoothie of their life.) Grab your snacks to-go and walk west down Arlozorov to the sea. Othe hotspot locations include the bustling intersection adjacent to the Poli House on Allenby and Nachlat Binyamin and just in front of the entrance of Gindi TLV Mall – so you can load up and then burn it all off shopping at COS, American Vintage, Zara Factory 54, Jo Malone, Anthropologie and much more.
For fabulous people watching and a sexy vibe, slide into a green leather banquette at Room Service, and wash down the bun with a craft beer or one of their signature cocktails.
Or make your own! For chop meat, Israeli butchers grind up the steak of your choice right in front of you to ensure quality and freshness. It doesn’t get much better than that. Happy eating!