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Old Jerusalem Restaurant

2976 Mission St. (26th St.) Send to Phone
415-642-5958 | Menu
Satisfying Middle Eastern fare at this eatery squeezed onto a taqueria-rich section of Mission Street.

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Lunch & Dinner daily
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Old Jerusalem Restaurant Restaurant Review

: A massive mural of the Old City spills across one wall of the narrow dining room packed with plain tables. Visiting the bathroom means walking through a tiny kitchen bristling with fryers and shwarma spits. The best dishes are as unrefined and appealing as the setting: ful, or mashed fava beans whipped with olive oil and fortified with lemon and garlic; shaved lamb or small, crusty onion-and-pine nut-stuffed falafel balls rolled up in lavash with tahini and pickles; and mousakhan, a Palestinian preparation of chicken roasted on a sumac-soaked flatbread. A bonus spread of bakdounsia dip, hot pita, green olives, pickled turnips and Turkish-style tomato-chili relish accompanies each substantial order. The last item is utterly addictive---a lively, uncooked tomato sauce crunchy with raw, sweet onions and thin discs of sliced jalapeƱos. Those who enjoy suds with their shwarmas, take note: Old Jerusalem neither sells alcohol nor permits customers to bring in their own.
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