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Best Falafel In Toronto

Wanted to do a quick poll to see where people are enjoying falafels from in Toronto.

Yummi's at Yonge and Eg used to be decent (never my fave though) but I went there a few weeks ago and it was not so "yummi". I would have enjoyed a falafel from the old food court staple Aida's a WHOLE lot more.

My favourite falafel on the planet is from L'As de Falafel in Paris (love the eggplant!). Looking for something in Toronto that's pretty accessible (along the subway line... no treks to Richmond Hill or Thornhill!)

Curious to hear people's thoughts on this...

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  1. Red and White near Yonge & Wellesley is my current favourite. Ghazale is an old fave, but I've heard that it's inconsistent recently.

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    Ghazale
    504 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1Y3, CA

    Red & White
    519 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y1Y3, CA

    1. Ugh. The linking software won't allow me to remove an incorrect link. It's not particularly Mac-friendly I think.

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      Ghazale
      504 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1Y3, CA

      Red & White
      519 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y1Y3, CA

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      1. re: xtal

        The way to work around it is to be very exact with the name of the restaurant and/or address, so that's the only location that comes up. I've added the correct link but I can't remove the other.

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        Red & White
        519 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y1Y3, CA

      2. I love L'as de Falafel. I have yet to find anything here equivalent so I can't help you out there. I can torture you by posting a picture of our falafel from L'as! I miss their schwarmas too. For my falafel and schwarma fix but again nowhere helpful to you since it's way off the subway line, is in London Ontario at Barakat's. Sarah's in town does an okay schwarma in a pinch but not something I would say satisfying if you're comparing to L'as!

         
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        1. re: fickle

          I loved Barakat's while I was at Western! Have you ever tried their Beef Kebab wrap medium rare? It's delicious! Shwarmas were excellent and their garlic sauce is KILLER!

          1. re: gtafoodie

            I haven't tried their beef kebab wrap yet, I'll have to check it out next weekend when we're down there for my MIL's bday bash. She lives 2 blocks away so it's quite handy to swing by. We always pick up a container of the garlic sauce (it is killer!) and the purple cabbage to bring home.

            1. re: fickle

              I definately second that.Barakat was great although I hate when the premake the shwarmas for the late night crowd. I always had the Mala salad with extra of all the sauces...my fav was the purple cabbage as well.

          2. re: fickle

            Having just returned from paris I have to agree...though am still searching

          3. If you're willing to travel, SABABA, in a Strip mall on the North side of Steeles just west of Yonge, IS AMAZGING. and so cheap.

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            1. re: LemonLauren

              +1 for Sababa. I get my parents to bring it downtown every w/e. Best value. Solid Humus and Tcheena (I usually get 80% Humus with 20% Tcheena and a table spoon or 2 of their red hot sauce on top). They also have a little grocery store where you can buy Israeli pickles,olives, Chalva, Bisli and Malt Beer.

              1. re: DDD

                I third the motion for best price/quality:
                - great falafel and a full range of pita sandwiches...I combine eggplant and falafel with some teheena, hummous and hot sauce,,,
                -terrific lentil soup (which sounds ghood today with the snow)
                -nice family running it as well, father Sam from Haifa once upon a time

              2. re: LemonLauren

                Sababa's a great deal. Not the best felafel I've ever had but definitely reminiscent of an Israeli bus stop felafel. Cheap. Always cooked through. Decent hot sauce.

                1. re: LemonLauren

                  Sababa does have great falafel. If you're in Thornhill there are actually a ton of great Middle Eastern spots. My favorites are Bagel Nash and Shoom Shoom both in Longos plaza on Bayview, people also like Miva Me, although I say it's just ok.

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                  Sababa
                  390 Steeles W, Thornhill, ON L4J6X6, CA

                  Bagel Nash
                  7355 Bayview Ave, Markham, ON L3T, CA

                2. Hole in the wall Lebanese (?) take-out place with a couple chairs. Falafels are made fresh on order. Very busy during lunch.

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                  Eat a Pita
                  6 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M4W1J5, CA