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Aug 21, 2006 08:43 AM

Where could i find the best falafels and M.E. cuisine in LA?

My friend has never had a falafel before and i would like to have her first experience be a good one. Preferably one in the UCLA area, but it doesn't have to be.

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  1. I've never been, but there's a Falafel Cafe next to Damon & Pythias in Westwood. I hope it's still there. The place was usually packed during lunch.

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    1. re: chica

      Yes it's still there and it's called the Falafel King - 1 & 1/2 block south of UCLA campus on Broxton with 1 hour free parking across the street.

    2. I think Pita Kitchen (Van Nuys Blvd at Ventura, next to the newsstand) has excellent falafel, and would be moderately close to UCLA. Actually, I went there last night and had the falafel lavash wrap, which was real good, although I think next time I'll revert back to having them as a "plate," so their crunchiness can be more readily appreciated.

      Falafel Palace, in Northridge (Reseda. Blvd near Plummer), used to be my favorite restaurant in the whole world, but the falafel is only part of the picture here. The side dishes, ranging from marinated mushrooms, to two different ways of eggplant, tabouli, avocado salad .... they're all good, and the combo platter gets you a scoop of each of them, plus a few falafels and a stack of pita bread (tip: buy an extra dozen pita and ask them to warm six or seven of them on the grill for you). This is admittedly farther from UCLA than you probably wanted to go, but for an overall first sampling of middle eastern food (in this case, Israeli), I can't think of a better suggestion.

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      1. re: ladelfa

        You mentioned my two favorite places for pita. Highly reco Pita Kitchen...Abe and the crew do an amazing job. High quality ingredients, huge portions and ridiculously cheap prices for what you get. Love Falafel palace for the assortment of pita accoutrements to choose from. I also love their small falafel plate which comes with a little bit of everything, it's wonderful!

      2. Saca's Mediterranean in the Claremont Village (of all places) has some of the best falafel I've ever tasted. A few friends and I have tried here and there to find better but failed. So keep it in mind if you ever find ourself way out east on the 10.

        1. The best falafel sandwich is to be had at Top Falafel (6424 1/4 Coldwater Canyon, N. Hollywood)... I also like Amir's Falafel in Studio City. That said, Top Falafel splits the falafel so you don't get the whole crunch experience -- but it's still REALLY good.