Harvey’s BBQ in downtown Jerusalem is incomparable

Harvey Sandler, who hails from Canada but makes the best American barbecue in Israel, moved his popular Harvey’s Smokehouse to a new location in central Jerusalem in June: 33 Jaffa Road, just behind Mike’s Place.

Harvey, who ran Gabriel on nearby Shimon ben Shetah Street for a dozen years before turning it into Harvey’s, says he’s satisfied with the new location, and the night we went, it was full!

Harvey chatted with us over a gin and tonic before dinner.

HARVEY SANDLER at Harvey’s Smokehouse. (credit: STEVE LINDE)

“First of all, we use the best quality meat we can find, and we manufacture 98% of our products in-house,” he says. “We really take pride in what we do and pay attention to the little details, and that’s what makes the difference.”

We started with the Texas BBQ Nachos (smoked chorizo, brisket and black bean chili, red sauce, guacamole, and pickled jalapeños, 45 NIS), which tasted exactly like the real thing!

Also recommended are the burnt ends (tender cubes of caramelized breast in a Kansas City-style BBQ sauce, served with yam chips, 58 NIS) and the shredded beef tacos (smoked shredded beef with walnut, guacamole, red sauce, mayonnaise chipotle and coriander, NIS) 43).

Then Harvey suggested bringing in some of their specialties for us to try. We agreed immediately.

The huge meat dish he presented us included 14 hour hickory smoked beef brisket (34 NIS), 18 hour mesquite smoked shredded meat (32 NIS per kilogram), mesquite “smoked” chorizo ​​sausage (28 NIS), Smoked Chicken Breast (Glazed with “Jack & Coke” BBQ Sauce, served with Spicy Yam Sauce, 96 NIS) and Bonfire BBQ Short Tips (Smoked Beef or Lamb Ribs with Smoked Walnut boneless and slathered with a Burning Chipotle BBQ Sauce, 156 NIS).

    BBQ ribs are one of Harvey's specialties.  (credit: LIRAN MAYMONI) BBQ ribs are one of Harvey’s specialties. (credit: LIRAN MAYMONI)

The meat was tender, the sauces amazing, and the side dishes perfect. I especially liked the house fries and mashed red skinned potatoes (18 NIS), the handmade onion rings (28 NIS) and the house coleslaw (12 NIS).

Harvey’s allows you to build your own personal barbecue platter and offers delicious handcrafted sandwiches. (My favorite is called “We’re in Kansas, Toto!” (Smoked Hickory Shredded Beef, Pickles, Kansas City BBQ Sauce, Alabama Coleslaw, and Grainy Mustard Mayonnaise, NIS 64/84).

If you are very hungry, the Filet Mignon (158 NIS), Chateaubriand 500 gr. (NIS 295) and Rib Eye Steak 300 gr. (NIS 156) are supposed to be out of this world.

As my colleague Linda Gradstein wrote in her review of Harvey’s new menu, there are some great vegetarian options too. My favorite is the backyard BBQ salad (seasonal fruit, roasted peppers and onions, yam chips, purple cabbage, smoked almonds, lettuce, and pomegranate date honey dressing, 42 NIS). Meat lovers can add grilled chicken or smoked brisket for an additional NIS 22-34.

For fish lovers, there is also a wonderful Cedar Plank Salmon (fresh Norwegian salmon smoked on a cedar board over charcoal embers and served with mango sauce, NIS 129). If you have room for dessert, Harvey recommends Crème brûlée (NIS 32) and Chocolate Soufflé (NIS 36).

As delicious as it was, there was no way we could eat all the food Harvey offered us, but the “doggie bags” were not only enjoyed by my dog ​​- they kept me happy for another two days!

Highly recommended! As local guide Lola Dadon posted in her recent Google review, “It was a bit difficult to find the new address but we did it 🙂 the new place is bigger and nicely decorated. I love this place and the food here is impeccable. So tasty. If you are a meat lover, this is the first place you must try when you come to Jerusalem! “

Harvey’s smokehouse
Kashrut Mehadrin
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, from 12 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
33 Jaffa Road, Jerusalem
Tel: (02) 624-6444

The writer was a guest of the restaurant.


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