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Jan 13, 2008 07:27 AM

Falafel In Columbia, SC area

Ok folks, I've a craving for a good falafel sandwich. Where in the Columbia, SC area can I find one? And by the way, Mediterranean Tea Room is definitely not the right answer. Please help. Thanks.

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  1. You might try Al-Amir. One is on Devine Street sort of near Dreher High School and one is on St. Andrew's Rd. in Murraywood Shopping Center. Sometimes Rosewood Market has them on the menu. You could check their schedule on-line. Hope that helps.

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    1. re: SweetPea

      Just a small correction - Al Amir on Devine closed at the end of December - the only location is the one is Irmo. Makes this downtown dweller bummed. But the food is great - make the trip out there sometime if you don't live out that way.

    2. Looks like you're out of luck for Rosewood Mkt.falefel for this month but here's a link for future reference.

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      1. re: SweetPea

        Thanks for the suggestions. I will try them out when I can. Have you had the falafel at either Al-Amir or Rosewood Market?

        1. re: north2south

          Yes, at Al-Amir on Devine. I thought it was good, but I don't have a lot of experience with it. I went to Med Tea Room once and that was enough. I had it a Pita House in Greenville and thought Al-Amir's was as good. There's a grocery on St. Andrews Rd. just off of I-26 beside Inakaya (my favorite sushi place) that I believe is associated with Al-Amir. It's called Aladdin. You might find a box mix you could make yourself. They have fresh baked pita and other deli things you might like, but I don't think falafel is one of them. Love their in-house hummus and commercial greek yogurt. Cool little store. Check it out. And eat sushi next door.

      2. I lived in the Columbia area for five years and don't recall ever having falafel there. Of course, I lived northwest of town - first in the Harbison area, then way out in Chapin. I got my falafel fixes whenever I went home to visit my parents in Cleveland, Ohio. My best friend and I always hit Cleveland's ethnic restaurants. Plenty of places to get falafel there.

        Greenville is now my home (although I'm actually out of the country until the summer) and if you ever want to drive up there, there are a couple of good places for falafel there. There is Juju's Mediterranean Bistro on Woodruff Road, and Pita House on South Pleasantburg. Juju's has some odd hours though, so call first.

        I also don't think either place serves a falafel sandwich, rather a platter. But you could wrap the falafel in the pita, along with tomatoes, tahini, etc., and make your own sandwich.

        1631 Woodruff Rd, Greenville, SC 29607
        Phone: (864) 213-9884

        Pita House
        495 S Pleasantburg Dr # B, Greenville, SC 29607
        Phone: (864) 271-9895


        1. If you're still craving falafel, or need a place to get a fix in the future, Pita Pit in five points has a falafel pita. Add lettuce, tomato, and tzatziki and you've got a great falafel pita!

          1. You also can try Elie's on St. Andrews Road. It's a family-owned Lebanese restaurant.