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Feb 14, 2007 02:38 PM

Israeli-Style Falafel

Does anyone know of any places that serve Israeli-style falafel, preferably on the west side? By Israeli-style, I mean that they include lots of different salads, cole slaws, fried eggplant, and (sometimes) french fries on your sandwich. If you're familiar with Azuri Cafe in NYC, that's what I have in mind...

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  1. would lebanese be similar? if so, maybe try out sunnin in westwood.

    1. not really i think amer's in the valley is pretty close.

      1. Thanks to you both for the responses. Amer's does appear to be what I'm looking for. Sunnin does not, but sounds fantastic nonetheless. I will be trying both!

        1. you can also go to Nigala and order a souped up falafel there. they have a wide range of salads only problem is they'll charge additional and it's not AYCE.

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          1. re: kevin

            Thanks -- I'm happy paying extra if the salads are good. Where is Nigala located?

          2. My Israeli friends really like Habayit on Pico near Bundy. I can't say if it's authentic, but I'm sure they can add the things you want if they aren't customary. I'm also a fan of Haifa on Pico near Robertson, but i don't think that's really what you describe either.

            Definitely go to Sunin, though - it's incredible. The hummus is some of the best I've ever had.

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            1. re: ddyouandme

              Habayit sounds right, and I will definitely try Sunin -- I'm a huge hummus fan.

              1. re: ddyouandme

                if you go to sunnin, i'd recommend that you don't have the falafal sandwich unless it is ok for you to have a sandwich where:
                1) the falafal is made ahead of time and reheated in a microwave next to the fryer (soggy falafal)
                2) the sandwich is assembled by wrapping a huge white, cold, pita bread around the soggy falafal and tahini and fillings. this whole thing is then wrapped in foil and heated on the grill. the bread turns into a soggy, goopy, paste-like mess.