Israel has great food. Most people are probably familiar with falafel – fried ground chick peas served with salad in pita. Meat eaters will love shwarma, lamb or turkey sliced off a spit and served in pita ( similar to gyros ). Both are cheap, filling meals. Lots of other Mediterranean specialties like shishlik (shish kebab), baklava ( pastry made of filo dough, honey, and nuts) and moussaka (baked eggplant, minced meat, onion and parsley) will stimulate your taste buds. The Americanization of Israel also means you’ll find such familiar names as McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut and Dunkin’ Donuts.
The water in Israel is safe to drink; nevertheless, it is different from what you are used to and people with sensitive stomachs may want to stick to bottled water. Also, Israelis don’t usually put ice in their drinks, so if you want some, ask for kerakh.
Keep in mind that not everything in Israel is kosher. Restaurants that are kosher serve either dairy or meat and close on Shabbat. The restaurant should have a Teudat certificate either in the window or available for inspection. Unless the menu or check says otherwise, tips are not included.