Shuk Levinsky is becoming a very interesting neighborhood in the culinary sense. With new restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries and gastro pubs, opening up constantly, and lot of available parking space nearby (a rare commodity in Tel Aviv), it has become one of our favorite go-to areas. To name a few interesting establishments: Ouzeria expanded to open the sister restaurant Ouzeria Next Door (fantastic food, high VFM but we didn’t enjoy the service), a great and decadent American bakery named Sweet Box opened up (don’t miss their huge decadent cinnamon bun) and Fifi’s, a tiny Thai place which created a buzz and amassed long queues.
Steve’s Food-Bar (formerly known as Oggie’s) was opened around a year ago by two Israelis who spent many years in NY kitchens, and the place offers a more subtle, Israeli version of the decedent american diner.
They offer a special brunch menu between 11:00-16:00 on the weekend and so we visited one late Saturday morning.
We chose one savory dish and one sweet dish to share:
Brunch Burger (48₪ \ $12.5) – In a burger diner, you’re bound to order a burger. The dish consists of two sliders, 70 grams each, served with BBQ sauce, jalapeno aioli and aged cheddar cheese. On the side – homemade (!) fries. The dish is very generous in portion, each slider surprisingly large and with a good ratio of meat-to-bun.
Pancakes (45₪ \ $12) – a huge pile of fluffy pancakes served with fresh fruit salad and blueberries sauce.
To drink (which is part of the brunch deal) we ordered cold coffee, which came in ample quantity, as well as lemonade, which tasted wonderfully fresh.
Overall the atmosphere in Steve’s Food-Bar is light and relaxed, and the staff are very accommodating. The patrons consisted of young Tel Avivians and their canine friends. If you’re looking for a new, down-to-earth place to spend a laid back morning on the weekend, Steve’s Food-Bar is definitely worth a visit. This brunch left us curious to taste their evening menu as well.
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