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best falafel

AdamFoodie Jan 15, 2008 09:48 AM


  1. bigtums Jan 15, 2008 10:48 AM

    Well I'm no expert, but I do like the ones at Zankou a lot. That's where I go when I'm craving one.

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    1. re: bigtums
      will47 Jan 15, 2008 12:30 PM

      Zankou's are Ok *if* they're fresh, but they're rarely fresh. Even so, I don't think the flavor is that great. Sunnin isn't the best for falafel either (though they have some other dishes which are pretty good).

      I like Bella Pita in Westwood the best of the places I've been in LA. Also, there's a kosher Israeli place on Pico and Barrington (I think) that's pretty good. Their falafel is fresh and flavorful.

      I got sick of it in college, but Saca's, all the way out in Claremont, is pretty good if you make it out that way.

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      ilovegrub Jan 15, 2008 11:53 AM

      Amir's in Studio City.

      I've been going there for 20 years or so (both at the current location and the previous one in the food court of the old SO Galleria) and have yet to find someplace that makes them better.

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        Diana Jan 16, 2008 07:49 AM

        second amir's.

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        omakase Jan 15, 2008 12:38 PM

        When I was attending school at Cal State Northridge, I used to go to a place called The Falafel Palace. The falafel sandwich was awesome, but the lamb gyros were beyond awesome. It's located on Reseda Blvd. across from the college.

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          jencounter Jan 15, 2008 02:25 PM

          Second this recommendation

        2. westsidegal Jan 15, 2008 02:07 PM

          don't know about 'best,' but the two i like are:
          shamshiri grill on westwood blvd
          hungry pocket, a little dive across the street from smc on pico.
          if you go to hungry pocket, be sure to get some of their homemade piquante sauce (the best in town), also, they will be happy to serve you whole wheat pita if you prefer it to the white stuff.

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            estone888 Jan 15, 2008 02:33 PM

            I'm partial to Falafel Arax on Santa Monica and Normandie - northwest corner in the little strip mall. Excellent. Also excellent schwarma. A tiny little place.

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              ldodb Jan 15, 2008 06:15 PM

              I grew up eating falafel, and have been to Israel many times, and have sampled quite a bit of falafel throughout the Los Angeles area.
              I have to say, my favorite falafel is at Habayit.
              The falafel is cooked fresh when you order.
              Its green on the inside, and its sooo good.

              Carnivale in the valley on woodman and moorpark is pretty good, but I still have yet to have anything as good as Habayit in Los Angeles.

              11921 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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                glutton Jan 15, 2008 07:02 PM

                In the Valley, I like Skaf's on Laurel Canyon/Oxnard.

                On the westside, I like Hungry Pocket.

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                  ldodb Jan 15, 2008 07:27 PM

                  Oh right, forgot about skaf's.
                  In the valley its another great place, but whenever I go here, I can't resist ordering the kabobs, soooo good.

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                    glutton Jan 16, 2008 06:54 AM

                    And their baba ghannouj is the best -- perfectly smokey and chunky. It's probably one of my ten favorite dishes in LA.

                2. hrhboo Jan 15, 2008 07:08 PM

                  I love Falafel King. Like really love it.

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                    pizzafreak Jan 15, 2008 08:29 PM

                    Pita Kitchen, in SO on Van Nuys, just S of Ventura. Another dive, but soooo good.

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                      LMelba Jan 15, 2008 10:28 PM

                      Amir's in Encino is tops. The Studio City location isn't as good.

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