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Barely a decade ago, "restaurant" in Israel meant little more than a falafel or shawarma shack. But with so many Israelis traveling throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America these days, the nation is connected to global food trends as never before, and has embraced (a tad late, perhaps) trendy dishes such as quinoa, smoothies, health wraps, and Asian noodles. Of course, Israel still serves some of the best falafel and hummus in the world. In Tel Aviv, head to HaKosem, near Dizengoff Street, for the former (1 Shlomo HaMelech St.; 972-3-525-2033) and Daddy Gil's, close to posh Rothschild Boulevard, for an organic portion of the latter on homemade whole-wheat pita (55 Yehuda Halevi St.; 972-3-566-3320). While many Israeli restaurants—especially outside of Tel Aviv—are still kosher (or vegetarian), some like Mona and Manta Ray now serve pork and shellfish, and even remain open on Saturdays. What's more, many kosher restaurants are reaching culinary standards that match, if not exceed, those of their trayf cousins. Examples include Canela in downtown Jerusalem and Deca in Tel Aviv's up-and-coming industrial east, which offers a fish and dairy menu along with innovative design.

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Abu Shukri, Jerusalem

Perfect for families and large groups, this favorite spot for traditional Palestinian food specializes in hummus, falafel, salads, and grilled meats. Although...more

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Arcadia, Jerusalem

Chef Ezra Kedem's Arcadia is easily the top table in Jerusalem. Kedem transformed an atmospheric old building into a slice of Provence in the Holy...more

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Canela, Jerusalem

First opened in 2005 and set behind a wall of street-front windows in downtown Jerusalem, Canela got a major overhaul in late 2008 with the arrival of young...more

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Catit, Tel Aviv

In the fall of 2006, longtime favorite Catit left its original rural location and brought its innovative cuisine to an Ottoman-era villa in Tel Aviv's Neve...more

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Comme Il Faut Café, Tel Aviv

Abandoned for decades on the city's northern fringes, Tel Aviv's Old Port underwent a million-dollar makeover a few years ago and has become a compelling...more

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Diana, Nazareth

Diana lures diners from across the country to Nazareth for the best Arab-style menu in Northern Israel—if not the whole country. Choose from a seemingly...more

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HaSalon, Tel Aviv

HaSalon energetically proves that the concept of "dinner as theater" is alive and well in Tel Aviv. Located in an obscure industrial area on the city's eastern...more

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Herbert Samuel, Tel Aviv

With its prime waterfront location, celebrity chef at the ovens, and stylish organic-wood interiors, Herbert Samuel became an instant Tel Aviv institution...more

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Manta Ray, Tel Aviv

Despite its location on the water, Tel Aviv has surprisingly few seafront restaurants—which is why Manta Ray, an open-air pavilion that touches the sand,...more

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Martha Kitchen and Bar, Tel Aviv

Martha Kitchen and Bar is notable for its cuisine as well as its prime city-center location. It's on bustling Ibn Gvirol Street (Tel Aviv's answer to Broadway),...more

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