Kebabs Only, But Worth ItWant a quick meat meal for travelers in the Old City?
The "Kebab Shaab," or the "The People's Kebab," in the Christian market in the old city, Spice Street 3, can be defined as a meat restaurant. It's one of those specialty places that serve only one type of thing, but they do it so well that everyone comes flocking to eat their food. This is not a restaurant, but a small food stall that spreads everywhere, the smell of kebabs roasting on a large grill. Here the kebabs are prepared in front of the customers, step by step of an ancient recipe passed by the owner's family from generation to generation, with a unique grill that burns the kebab in the hot air, leaving no smell of coals.
Al-Shaab, or Kebab Shaab, is clear a kebab. And what a kebab! For decades, the two Kebab dishes have won over every other kebab seller within a radius of hundreds of kilometers, and some say even countries. It is located in the perfume market (Suq al-Atarin), descending from the Via Dolorosa, about 20 meters before turning onto Olive Oil street.
In the best tradition of the market, there are no signs here, but you can be sure by the smell in the air and the long line. And, the line here can be long. A plate of five kebabs that come with grilled tomatoes and onions costs slightly more than 20 NIS and is served with pita, hot green pepper and yogurt or cream toppings. Don't forget the salt shaker with the secret spice, some are addicted to it. Sprinkle a little on the kebabs and decide if you want them all.
At "Kebab Shaab" you can get your kebab in a pita or on a plate. They're both great. There is kebab with tomatoes, hot pepper and onion - all grilled, or kebab with a cup of yogurt. The kebab itself is made from lamb, which is dominant and deliciously tasty. It is airy, thin and soft, but it does not fall apart, because it is tightly packed, and so is its juiciness. Magnificent!
Kebab Shaab is open from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Open all week from Sunday to Saturday.
Located in the Perfume Market, descending from the Via Dolorosa, about 20 meters before turning onto Olive Oil Street.