Shipudei Ron is an Israeli Restaurant of the grilled-meat-and-salads variety. We stumbled upon it by chance but the food was way above our expectations and we'll definitely go back again!
We had been traveling around all morning and were getting hungry, so we stopped in Kiryat Shmona to find somewhere to eat. As We don't know the town well, we asked a local taxi driver where we could get something simple - but good. He directed us to the south industrial area, where we saw a sign on the corner of one of the roads pointing to "Shipudei Ron". As is often the case, this restaurant, which caters to the local workforce, turned out to be better than any tourist restaurant.
We started with humus and small dishes of various salads, as is usual for this mizrahi (eastern) style of Israeli restaurant. We were pleasantly surprised at how tasty and fresh the salads were - obviously home-made! For the main course, there was a choice of grilled meat. The kebabs (made from chopped meat) were spicy and delicious and a larger than usual portion. The pargiot (chunks of seasoned chicken on skewers) were tender and the best that I can remember eating in a very long time. This is a family-run restaurant and the service was helpful and friendly.
If you're looking for a clean, no-frills restaurant with authentic Israeli food at its best and great value for money, this is the place!
Shipudei Ron Israeli Restaurant is kosher l'mehadrin and so is closed Friday afternoons and Saturdays. It also caters for groups of up to 60 people, bookable in advance. Phone Yoav on: 04-6904466.
Other cool places to visit in the Galilee Panhandle:
Metulla - Israel's northernmost town and a good base for the Galilee. Panhandle.
Ayun (Iyon) Stream - Beautiful nature reserve with waterfalls in winter and early spring.
Hagoshrim Nature Hotel - Green Hotel situated in the middle of a Nature Reserve.