I admit it. This is by far my favorite place for street food in East Jerusalem. I have been coming here for years, since my former favorite was forced out of business by neighborhood politics. This place, located in a small side alley near the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, is a classic Old City eatery-tables and chairs in the alley, fighting for space with next door competitors (make certain you are ordering from the right restaurant!), water pipes bubbling across the way, and a 1-page menu that represents a sampling of what is available. Don't see what you want, or looking for a variation on a theme? Just ask, and they will very likely accommodate you. Hummus in any of the incarnations offered is as I say the best in the Old City. Also, falafel is very good, salads, chicken (maqluba is what to ask for, served with a mound of delicious rice pilaf as big as your head), a simple omlette...can't go wrong here.
As is common in the area, no prices on the menu. If you feel you are being charged too much, challenge the server and you will likely get an apology and a smaller bill. If you think that the natives and those that are known at the restaurant are getting a better price than you, the tourist, you are likely correct. Again, challenge them and they will (almost) always relent. This is, after all, the suq (market) in east Jerusalem. Enjoy your lunch at Abu Kamel. I always do!
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