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Falafel- Fairfield County?

nbermas Jan 11, 2008 10:54 AM

Can you find one that is like the ones in New York that are green not brown and dry? I don't love the two places we have in Stamford, any suggestions?-

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    cteats Jan 21, 2008 08:50 AM

    FWIW, I saw today that Layla's is opening a new store in the vacant space next to Market on Columbus Park.

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      MasterofLightChick Jan 25, 2008 02:21 PM

      Ate at the Falafel Inn for the first time today and what a treat! There were fresh pastries right out of the oven when I arrived - meat pie, spinach pie and something kinda like a small pizza. I got the combo plate and thought everything on it was great, especially the baba ghanoush.

      I've been spoiled with the best falafel joints on the rue de Rossiers, the little Jewish district in the Marais district in Paris. To me, the Falafel Inn now saves me a trip to Paris. Now, I can concentrate on the patisseries and other French restaurants when I go there since I'll be able to get my Middle Eastern fix right here in Westport.

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        MasterofLightChick Jan 26, 2008 01:15 PM

        My beau insisted we go to the Falafel Inn after I told him about my lunch there yesterday. This man is not driven by food whatsoever and has little emotion, in general. Well, when he couldn't contain his excitement over the meal and acted like a giddy school girl, you know something pretty amazing is going on.

        He ordered some meat platter and those little meat things were so good - super high quality and the perfect amount of spices. And, as I explained yesterday, every little side dish is simply exquisite in its own right.

        The chef/owner is a relatively young guy and aims to please. When I talked with him today about making something special for me on the next trip, he was more than eager to oblige.

        People, check this place out. It's a real gem in the area.

        And, this may just be us, but, we both digged watching Arab MTV (it was soccer & music videos yesterday). It definitely adds a great vibe to the place and makes me want to order those stations myself to add a little more spice to the home life! :-)

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          Mopsik Jan 26, 2008 01:42 PM

          Try the chicken shawarma wrap there. My favorite! Been a fan since the place opened. The platter version is also good around dinnertime - comes with lentil rice, hummus, salad, etc.

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      TracyGeo Jan 17, 2008 07:12 AM

      Here's a link to a recent NYTimes review of Layla's in Fairfield:
      http://events.nytimes.com/2007/09/16/...

      1. nbermas Jan 13, 2008 05:12 AM

        I went the Falafel Inn and had my fix. It was very good but the sauces were a little watered down. I would try it again and it was quite busy.

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          Sam_Spade Jan 14, 2008 11:52 AM

          Lime Cafe in Norwalk makes good Falafel.

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            jfood Jan 14, 2008 12:26 PM

            Double-S

            Do you mean The Lime across from Brandman's? If you like the falafel, you will love the blackened chicken wrap. Taste the wrap here and compare to Double Diamond, night and day.

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              Sam_Spade Jan 14, 2008 12:29 PM

              Apples and oranges...I've been eating at Lime for years, it's unfair to compare a health-food cafe to a deli.

              BTW-I've had the blackened chicken and love it. Also love the salmon burger in a pita and the brown rice salad is one-of-a-kind.

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                jfood Jan 16, 2008 04:50 AM

                jfood does not understand. A deli can not buy good wraps for their product, only a health-food cafe? And Lime is moving more towards non-health-food, they have a hamburger on the menu now.

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                  Sam__Spade Jan 17, 2008 08:19 AM

                  A wrap filled with chicken and veggies will taste differently from one filled with bacon, egg, and cheese.

                  Also, did you eat the wrap there? Or did you get it to go? I live 5 minutes away from the place, so I've never had it cold. I'd imagine the "cold-lardiness" of the wrap increases when consumed cold.

                  Here is what you wrote about the wrap...

                  "So jfood would say it is a very good wrap, be prepared for some extra lipitor and ask for 2 eggs and heat up the wrap on the next visit."

                  Did you re-try it?

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                    jfood Jan 17, 2008 09:22 AM

                    Sorry Double-S, mornings have been a little crazy so jfood has not been back.

                    But jfood disagrees with the wrap tastes different analysis. A bad piece of bread, whether on tuna or corn beef, is still a bad piece of bread. And likewise with wraps.

                    Jfood ate it within 5 minutes as well and the eggs were still hot, the cheese still very melted, so not a distance factor. They just did not heat the wrap.

                    But the jury is still out on the wrap. Just wish they could buy from the same purveyor as The Lime.

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          MasterofLightChick Jan 12, 2008 12:42 PM

          I agree with the Hannas recommendation in Danbury. I always forget about that place but it's a fun little funky California type place that should be more well known. But, be careful, it is soooo hard to find even when you have directions.

          1. adamclyde Jan 12, 2008 09:38 AM

            may want to try Myrnas on East Main in Stamford. I think they are supposed to be good there too.

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              cooker3 Jan 12, 2008 07:55 AM

              Try Hanna's Middle Eastern Restaurant on Lake Ave in Danbury. They have a great vegetarian platter with falafal.

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                MasterofLightChick Jan 11, 2008 01:01 PM

                You don't like Layla's? A new place just opened on the Post Road on the Norwalk/Westport line - Falafel Inn or something. It's getting good reviews though I have never been. I tried Layla's for the first time this week and enjoyed my lunch platter there. Recently, I was in Paris and ate the best falafel in my life, so had very high standars when going to Layla's and I was pleasantly surprised!

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                  jfood Jan 11, 2008 01:07 PM

                  Sorry MLC but jfood will take the contra-view on Layla's. Less than satisfactory. Definitely a DNR.

                  May give the falaffel inn a whirl.

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                    MasterofLightChick Jan 11, 2008 02:37 PM

                    Really, what didn't you like about it? It was definitely "on" the day I went. Every component on my plate was equally good with warm, soft pitas to boot.

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                      jfood Jan 11, 2008 03:10 PM

                      Jfood did not like the flavor, the texture, sauce was uneventful, nothing even moved the scale for jfood to finish. jfood sorta stared at it and decided not even to finish.

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                    nbermas Jan 11, 2008 04:49 PM

                    layla's is very nice but their falafel is not like NY green, moist and yummy but I will try the Falafel Inn this week, Is it near Stew Leonard's, do they have a phone number or website? Thanks

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                      jfood Jan 11, 2008 05:54 PM

                      Here's the web site. looks like it is near PetCo

                      http://www.falafel-inn.com/

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                        nbermas Jan 12, 2008 04:18 AM

                        It looks exactly like what I have been craving, I hope it is as good as it looks. jfood How do you know about everything? Mrs jfood is a lucky lady, does she enjoy food as much as you? Thanks

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                          Maroya Jan 15, 2008 04:27 PM

                          I have been to Falafel Inn in Norwalk and I thought the food was very yummy!! I have not been to Layla's or Myrna's yet in Stamford....I would like to try them out. Does anyone have any reviews about Myrna's..I have already saw some about Layla's

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                            cteats Jan 16, 2008 05:21 AM

                            Myrna's is casual and small, with about 8 tables. Food is Lebanese / Greek. I believe the best thing to do at Myrna's is to get an assortment of the appetizers, including hummus w/meat, parsley salad, lamb sausages in lemon sauce, the fried cheeses and especially the kibbe.

                            The falafel is good, but nothing too special. They serve it in a wrapped flatbread, not a pita. The main dishes are less interesting.

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                        jfood Jan 17, 2008 09:19 AM

                        Jfood just finished a falafel from Falafel Inn. It was very good.

                        First location. It is just east of PetcCo's strip mall, same side of Route 1 in a very little strip mall with Bang-Bang Pizza. Small, maybe 8 tables, Ordered a falaffel (no onions). They cooked the balls to order, not sitting around waiting.

                        A nice spread of hummus, some tasty tomatos, lettuce and tahini. The falafel was mild in spice, not spicey at all, the hummus was also sensible in seasoning and the two together were nice. The Tahini was again on the mild side.

                        So jfood would recommend Falafel Inn for a good middel of the road falafel and much better than Layla's in Stm.

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