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Quincy--Felafel--please help

Hi Folks-

Infomaniac's recent post re: Tony's clam shop and the fact that they also serve Middle Eastern food got me wondering...where in Quincy and its environs (besides Tony's) can I get Felafel.

And how is the felafel at Tony's?

Thanks a bunch!

SeaSide

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  1. Hi,

    I haven't tried the falafel at Tony's, but with everything else there being so tasty, it's probably worth trying.

    I have tried the falafel at Webster's, off of Quincy Avenue in the Pilgrim Plaza shopping center, and they do a pretty good job with it. Although, I do prefer their Kibbe and their Shish Kebobs.

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    Webster's Eatery
    13 Scammell St, Quincy, MA 02169

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    1. re: mwk

      Thanks so much--I try them as soon as I can!!

    2. Baraka Market on Quincy Ave (Rte 53) in Braintree serves Falafel. They also have good kafta kebab sandwiches and chicken and lamb kebab sandwiches. They are located in the same building as Pan Asia Grill.

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      Baraka Market and Pizzeria
      217 Quincy Ave, Braintree, MA 02184

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      1. re: mangorita

        Thanks so much Mangorita!!!

        Also--MWK--I tried Webster's-yum! Nice folks too--and such a wide menu!

        I'm no felafel expert, so now I feel I must try them all to see what I like best. I'll have to make it over to Shawarma King to see what (some might consider) the standard is like.

        Thanks for the recs!

        1. re: SeaSide Tomato

          Go to Rami's! Then let's talk :)

          I see a place on Rockland/Abington line that looks like they might have felafel but I'm scared :)

          1. re: Trumpetguy

            I know what you mean!

            Rami's it is, then!

            1. re: Trumpetguy

              So I found myself near Coolidge Corner today and took the oppy to try Rami's for felafel. I can see why everyone raves!

              Thanks!

              1. re: SeaSide Tomato

                Glad you liked it!... despite jpsox's critique...

            2. re: SeaSide Tomato

              Hi,

              Well, as far as I'm concerned, the "standard" around these parts for good falafel is the Falafel King restaurant, on Winter St. in Downtown Crossing. Theirs is the best I've had around here.

              Also, SeaSide, if you go back to Webster's, try the shish kebobs. They are marinated in tons of garlic and spices and are out of this world good.

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              King Falafel Restaurant
              48 Winter St, Boston, MA 02108

              1. re: mwk

                Thanks again MWK. I will try them, too!

                One of the reasons I'm on a felafel kick is that I'm trying to avoid "conventionally" raised meat/poultry--trying to stick with sustainably farmed, humanely raised. So I'm avoiding beef, chicken, lamb, etc.(unless rasied as above) whenever possible. So, while I bet their shish kabobs are out of this world, I think I may have to pass. Felafel is an answer when you're on the road (don't have your own sustainably raised leftovers and need something!--and it's tasty too!)

                Many thanks!

                SeaSide

                1. re: SeaSide Tomato

                  Hi,

                  Another Falafel place for you to try. This one is in Downtown Boston, though. It's the Fill-A-Buster Deli, next door to the State House. Fantastic, freshly-made falafel, and delicious tabouli, huge spinach pies, and great Avgolemeno soup. If you are in that area, try it.

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                  Fill-A-Buster
                  142 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02108

                  1. re: mwk

                    MWK-you a peach, thank you!

                    I am in that area sometimes--it's on my growing list!

                    I did try Tony's in Quincy. While the felafel itself was tasty, the wrap was a flour tortilla, rather than Syrian Bread. I didn't realize till after I left. Next ttime I'll be sure to ask for Syrian.

                    Thanks for all the recs!

                2. re: mwk

                  I agree about Falafel King. I used to work across the street and went there at least once a week. The King is making the best falafel around these days, although for sandwiches his bread and condiments are just OK. Rami's just doesn't cut it for me. The falafel is too dense and the flavors are all over the place. Plus the tahini sauce is chalky. Ick. Sepal in Watertown used to be the best sandwich around here (with pickled turnips and great hot sauce!), but since they moved the falafel and other ingredients aren't close to what they used to be. I'll try to check out these places in Quincy and Braintree.

                  I've been trying to figure the difference between the flavor and texture of falafel at various ethic eateries, i.e. Lebanese, Israeli, Turkish, Syrian, etc. and the distinction between the primary use of fava beans vs. chick peas and their possible combinations. I had always thought of the lighter, greener, crispier falafel to be more in line with the Lebanese/Syrian/Israeli style and the denser form to be more Turkish/European oriented. But then I went to Rami's and got what I thought was more of the Turkish style at an Israeli restaurant. Is there any such thing as regional falafel styles and, if so, which one uses more fava vs. chick peas?

                  1. re: jpsox

                    I always thought that chickpeas were more in line with the Israeli style like that at Rami's.

            3. Ok-so I'm riding my bike down Hancock St in the Wollaston section and I notice a sign that says felafel. Thank goodness I was on the sidewalk or I would've missed it completely (Hancock street right there is too scary for me to be on a bike on the street, what with wanting to keep my head attached to my neck and all). So I ride by again to see what's what--it's the "Middle Eastern Grocery and Halal Meat" store. I'm thinking I'll check it out some time later.

              Then I realize "Gee, I have a lock and now's as good a time as any" So I lock up the bike and in I go.

              Well, they are chock full of many sought after Middle Eastern products like pomegranite molasses, rose water, tahini and on and on with many more that I don't immediately recognize. But I want felafel.

              So, I ask for Felafel. They very nice man says "I make for you felafel. I make it fresh"

              He asked how I knew he had felafel. I told him I saw his sign and decided to come right in. He said he makes the best in town. That his brother makes the best in Boston, that he owns the "Felafel King" Well, having heard so much about Felafel King (but not yet having made it there) I was excited to try this.

              It was delicious! And, kind soul that he was, he threw in a couple of extra patties--which will make a great addition to my salad tonight!

              I would say if any of you are in that neck of the woods, it's worth a stop. It's on the north bound side of Hancock--a few doors up from the original Fuji and before Hancock Tavern--between Elm and Beale.

              Yum!!

              Oh-and, fyi, they have all sorts of other rollups and dinners--chicken, beef, lamb, etc. Looking in from the street at what appears solely to be a little market, you'd never guess this tasty take out was available there!

              SeaSide

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              1. re: SeaSide Tomato

                I finally got there last Saturday, and I agree the food and the proprietor are outstanding.

                I got the felafel with hummus, which came with a delicious tahini and tomato and lettuce. The felafel was crispy on the outside and wonderfully flavorful on the inside.

                This place is an astonishingly good addition to the local scene. Many thanks to SeaSide Tomato for her worthy chowhoundish discovery.