A Kosher Smorgasbord at Eighteen Sauces in Hollywood
The dearth of variety of kosher food along Stirling Road frustrated Orlee Arfi when she and her husband, Mike, moved to South Florida five years ago.
All photos by Zachary Fagenson Eighteen Sauces isn't hard to spot from the road.
"It's Israeli food or a steak house," she said of the nearby choices. The stretch of Stirling in between Interstate 95 and U.S. 441 is littered with pita huts and strip mall restaurants with large kosher signs.
Eat shwarma for two weeks straight and you'll understand how people who keep kosher -- a Jewish practice of consuming only foods that conform to a strict set of rules -- risk boredom.
"We're foodies," she said. "We wanted to not feel like we were eating in a kosher place."
So the pair took over a freestanding building near the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, gutted it, and repainted it neon green and gray.
They named it Eighteen Sauces for the dozen and a half concoctions you can choose for any sandwich, many woth hints of an Israeli genesis. There's curry mayo, teriyaki, and sweet chili.