Ma’ayan HaBira

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in Haifa

Founded as a butcher’s shop, a carnivorous theme endures in Ma’ayan HaBira’s menu of Eastern European soul food. Lined with old photos and Bavarian beer tankards, the decor is as nostalgic as the recipes. Kostiza (pork slices glistening with fat) are served with vampire-extinguishing amounts of fresh garlic. Equally hearty are bowlfuls of smoky beans, jellied calf’s foot and goulash.

Try to save room (it’s not easy) for a dessert of chocolate-drizzled Bavarian cream.

There’s live guitar music most Thursday nights.