Falafel is an ancient dish that has been popular in Egypt and now the rest of the Middle East. The history of falafel goes back to the days of the pharaohs. The name most likely devise from the Arabic word for spicy, Mefelfel.

The Copts, an Egyptian Christian sect, also claim to have invented the ta’amia, the fava-bean fritter that is parent to the falafel. It is believed that falafels were invented in Alexandria. Since Alexandria is a port, sailors from all over took the delicious little patties home, and eventually falafel became popular fasts food all over the Middle East.

Accordingly, Middle Eastern Jews overwhelmingly favored chickpeas solo in their falafels. An early Middle Eastern fast food, falafel was commonly sold wrapped in paper, but not served in the familiar pita sandwich.

Beginning in the 1950s, Yemenite immigrants in Israel took up making falafel to earn a livehood, utilizing the chickpea version common in the Levant and transformed this ancient treat into the Israeli national street food.

It’s hard to come by authentic, good quality, healthy Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine. Falafel’s not only pioneered the segment but remains the leader even today! From an array of delicious falafels and yummy hummus platters, to healthy wraps, and salads to powerhouse meal boxes, Falafel’s has slightly tempered all of these to suit the Indian palate, while retaining all the original flavours. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian fares come in a wide variety of flavours that will leave you spoilt for choice. All dishes at Falafel’s are priced sparingly so that healthy food is always available to you without burning a hole in your pocket.The focus remains on good food and quick service so that you never have to wait long for your meal. One of the fastest growing quick service meal chains in the country, Falafel’s is the nourishing answer to all your food cravings!

Kohn’s Kosher Deli

Kohn’s is the only restaurant and deli in St. Louis that can meet all of your kosher needs. Offering a kosher butcher shop, deli, bakery, grocery store, and catering options, we’re certain that we’ll be your only stop for kosher needs.

If you’re in the Creve Coeur area, stop in and try our famous Killer Pastrami Sandwich while you shop for your groceries. If you’re not in St. Louis, no problem! We have an online meat store where you can order kosher meat online and have it sent straight to your door!

Kohn’s Kosher Deli is known for the Killer Pastrami Sandwich. It’s so good that Sauce magazine says,“this is about as perfect as a sandwich can be, and a welcome reminder that the simplest things are often the most satisfying.”. Aside from our pastrami, we serve a number of other sandwiches and lunch options in our Creve Coeur location. In our kosher deli, you can find hot dogs, salads, wraps, and incredible side dishes. If you’re hungry visit our Restaurant Menu for more details.

Quality kosher meat is very important to us. Our butchers can meet your requests for the cut you want and recommend various styles based on your needs. All the meat we prepare is locally sourced from farmers. We offer a wide variety of meats like chicken, turkey, beef, veal, bison, and more. Visit our Butcher page to learn more about what we offer.

Moshe Ve’Benav Nuts & seeds

Moshe opened his convenience store in the sixties, and since then, the place has evolved and expanded. Now, behind the storefront sits a small factory where you will find Moshe himself roasting fresh nuts. In addition to nuts, one can find a large variety of the sweetest dried fruits. This is a favourite store among the locals so if you are looking for something tasty to snack on Moshe Ve’Benav Nuts & Seeds is just the place for you.

Pereg Spices

It all started in 1906 with the Freij family, who fell in love with the culinary world. They particularly took a liking to exotic spices.The family began importing specialty ingredients from around the world already in their first few years of business. After arriving to Israel, the family changed their name to Pereg, meaning ‘poppy seed’, which became their famous brand name. Their shop on Levinsky street grew and prospered as the demand for these products in the market escalated. Nowadays at Tavlinei Pereg, customers can find just about any spice they are looking for, in just about any form!

Cafe B’Shuk

Cafe B’Shuk has a very interesting history. Once called Cafe Stern, it was a coffee shop that served the clientele of the market for many years. Ya’akov and his brother specially selected and ground the beans to create aromatic, unique blends of quality coffee. In 2011, Shiri Katzev, from Cafe Alkalai (located in North Tel Aviv), paid a visit to Cafe Stern, and fell in love with Ya’akov’s coffee. It was decided that she would take over the shop, so long as she preserved his special blend, which is freshly roasted every day!


Amongst the oldest Persian restaurants in the Israeli food market is Salimi. It started out on Matalon Street and migrated to Nachalat Binyamin, with the goal of staying near the market, to ensure that only the freshest products would be used in their kitchen. With such tasty ingredients straight from the market, Salimi is successful in procuring colorful and flavorful Persian dishes. Salimi is a restaurant for the professionals, with no advertising to the public necessary- they simply make the best gondi in town (a chickpea and chicken dumpling dish, often considered the Iranian matzoh ball). The gourmet sabzi soup (an herb-based stew), and a myriad of grilled food is all it takes to lure in clientele. Other than the wonderful food, Salimi has a warm and cozy atmosphere.


For two decades, the Gueta family’s Libyan restaurant has stood the test of time. Each member of the family contributes to the menu, but everyone knows that no one can beat Grandmother’s couscous. The choice of dishes varies daily, according to the ingredients found in the market and by the direction the wind is blowing. No wonderful meal is complete without dessert though, so top off your meal with some semolina cake, accompanied by sweet tea and roasted peanuts.

Hummus Ashkara

Making hummus with love is no cliche- couple Ruth and Dan Tavor have prepared hummus with love for the past 25 years. This hummus joint is frequented by regular customers, who enjoy the light and relaxing atmosphere which contrasts with the intense Tel Aviv vibe outside. The hummus is hot and thick, served with cooked chickpeas and a hard-boiled egg. Ashkara is open all day and night, ready to satisfy your hummus cravings at any hour!

California Market

California Market is one of the oldest places in the market. When the brothers were in their 40’s, they began selling a variety of nuts, snacks, and dried fruits. Since then, the market boasts about the many types of unique dried fruits available there, like banana, mango and papaya. The roasting is done on site, by hand, by only the most experienced in this art.

Bourekas Penso

When one mentions Levinsky Market, instantaneously, the name Bourekas Penso comes to mind. Since 1965, Penso has sold homemade Turkish bourekas, large and authentic, prepared on site, from the kneading of the dough through serving them hot from the oven. Cheese, spinach, and kashkaval (Italian sheep’s milk cheese) are among some of the popular choices. There are delicious add-ons available, including hard-boiled eggs. Patrons often leave with a loaf of freshly baked bread as well, and wash it all down with an ayran, a satisfying, Turkish yogurt drink.