Good Middle Eastern: Jerusalem Restaurant

2009 December 2
by David Schlichter
Jerusalem Restaurant (1890 E. Evans)

Jerusalem Restaurant (1890 E. Evans)

Walk into Jerusalem Restaurant and you will be bombarded with plaques and awards for being the best Middle Eastern restaurant in Denver–with Good reason.  The food is delicious.

There are lots of different types of fresh food to try out at Jerusalem cafe.  We are repeat customers, though, because of the following items.  The Baba-Ghanouj (eggplant, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, yogurt, vegetable oil, vegetables) is phenomenal.  It is a perfect appetizer, or a great dish if you are ordering several to share.  Scoop some of it onto your pita and we’re confident you’ll be hooked.  For a simple and delicious vegetarian sandwich, go with the Falafel Sandwich.  It’s your standard authentic falafel (fried chickpeas) in a pita with some veggies and it’s Good.  If you’re a meat eater, you might try the Chicken Shawarma Sandwich.  The chicken is spiced, broiled, and served with veggies and a vinegar-type sauce all wrapped in a pita.  Shawarma somewhat resembles the Middle Eastern version of a burrito.  Just don’t go buy one expecting to find guacamole on it…

Baba-Ghanouj from Jerusalem Restaurant

Baba-Ghanouj from Jerusalem Restaurant

If you’re looking for a more entree-sized plate of food, consider the Sheesh Ta’Ouk (chicken cooked with onions, stewed tomatoes, and bell peppers served over a bed of rice).  Surprisingly, it’s the tomatoes that make this dish rather tasty.  We recommend getting several dishes to share with at least one other person.  If you’re alone, though, get the Combination – “Super Dish” (shish kabob, kifta [sirloin] kabob, chicken kabob, hummus, falafel, baba-ghanouj, tabbouleh [a type of Middle Eastern salad], fattoush [another type of Middle Eastern salad], gyro meat, and stuffed grape leaves).  That ought to give you a little taste of everything.

Whether you are in the mood for a casual lunch, a nice dinner, or a late-night feast, Jerusalem Restaurant has what you need, serving Denver with delicious and authentic Middle Eastern cuisine from 9am to 4am every day (and to 5am on the weekends)!

One final note: be prepared to enjoy the company of your friends while you wait for the food.  The kitchen at Jerusalem Restaurant is small and busy–sometimes your food can take a while.  Sometimes it can take more than a while.  If you’re going to take out, call ahead (303-777-8828) so you aren’t waiting a long time.  If you do end up having to wait, check out the pastries on display to your left as you walk in.  Perhaps a little Baklava might tide you over?

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  1. December 2, 2009

    This place is the best! I lived off of their Baba-Ghanouj while pregnant. I figured it was great for the baby. We love it and can’t get enough of the place!

  2. Diana Kastendieck permalink
    December 4, 2009

    One of my absolute favorite places in Denver! I have been going there since i was super super young!

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