Benjyehuda | Loop | Middle Eastern | Restaurant
"Urban street food" melding Mexican and Middle Eastern food.

Our Review

With its plywood accents on electric-green walls, flame-scorched lunch counters, and flat-screen TVs pumping out hip-hop, Benjyehuda vaguely resembles a set from Blade Runner. Nonetheless, the amiable counter folks serving up a menu of Israeli-style street food quickly make the place feel like home. If you go with a friend, you can probably sample everything on the limited menu in one visit, though the vast range of condiments allows nearly endless variations: add Jerusalem salad for fresh mint flavor, baba ghanoush for smoky notes, or the signature hot sauce for a capsaicin rush. Of course, any place seeking street cred must sell fine fries, and Benjyehuda's are excellent accompanied by a dipping cup of Merkts spreadable cheddar. Steak and chicken, minimally spiced, benefit from a blast of hot sauce; the falafel is delectably crunchy, flecked with parsley, and actually tastes like chickpeas. You can order a "flight" of steak, chicken and falafel in adorable micropitas, or try them singly in regulation pita, laffa (a tortilla-like wheat flatbread), or on romaine. The cabbage and carrot salads are just fresh vegetables, sliced, minimally dressed, and delicious; soups, which might include matzo ball, change regularly.

David Hammond

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