Only one-third of Israeli restaurants kosher

Wednesday, January 31, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Israel may be the Jewish state of the Jewish people, but one-third of its restaurants are kosher, bearing the rabbis seal of approval.

There are roughly 4,399 food businesses, including coffee shops, restaurants and fast food places operating in Israel and only 1,539 of them have a kosher license.

There are a number of these restaurants, which serve and carry foods from kosher products, but do serve meat and dairy, making it non-kosher.

In the coastal city of Tel Aviv, 68 percent of its restaurants are non-kosher. Café culture has taken over the metropolitan city, followed by oriental and Italian restaurants as the favorites.

Jerusalem’s restaurants on the other hand have 67 percent that carry kosher licenses. There are only 143 eateries that are non-kosher.

Haifa is 55 percent kosher while Eilat is only 40 percent.

The survey found that Israelis favorite places to eat are coffee shops, followed by traditional humus places and Italian food.

There are 91 Thai places and seven Organic restaurants.

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