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Hallava Felafel Truck

ilovebutter Apr 10, 2008 05:38 PM

Seems to have fallen off the hill. Anyone know where it is or how to contact the guy?

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    Roo RE: ilovebutter Apr 11, 2008 12:05 PM

    You will probably get a better response if you indicate what city you're in . . .

    1. dagoose RE: ilovebutter Apr 11, 2008 12:44 PM

      It looks like, with a quick google, according to their myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/hallava
      that was last logged into earlier this week, he says "No More Capital HIll 9lb Hammer Fridays 6pm 9pm or later Youngstown Arts Center, Mondays 11am - 1pm"
      The one time I tried it it was down in Georgetown, and darn it, it was delicious...

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        landguy RE: dagoose Apr 11, 2008 12:57 PM

        Is it me or is his site written in code? Lol. So is he trying to say he is still in Georgetown? I just got my falafel fix in New York would be nice to find some reliable falafel in Seattle finally.

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          equinoise RE: landguy Jul 10, 2008 02:27 PM

          I tried Hallava last week and enjoyed it, especially the profligate and unorthodox salads. Way better than the overrated and sloppily served fare from Zaina.

          However, I am a bit thrown off by a $7 falafel sandwich--please correct me if that is not the current price. I appreciate the effort to brave the authorities and the NIMBY crowd that bedevils the local street food scene, but you would think the lack of rent would translate to a reasonably priced sandwich. $5 is reasonable and $6 is tolerable, but $7 is too much.

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            oliveoyl RE: equinoise Jul 10, 2008 08:13 PM

            I tried Hallava today ...and well think it worth every single one of the $7. I paid ... of course would've been delighted to pay $6 but will be back with friends and my $7.

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              mrnelso RE: equinoise Jul 10, 2008 09:17 PM

              With energy and food prices skyrocketing, buckle your seatbelts...

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                landguy RE: mrnelso Jul 10, 2008 09:44 PM

                Yep. You can get much better in a major city like New York City for about $4. Just saying.

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                  equinoise RE: landguy Jul 11, 2008 02:35 PM

                  This is exactly why I think $7 is suspect...its not just a function of food/gas prices.

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                    oliveoyl RE: equinoise Jul 12, 2008 10:02 AM

                    I don't think that the hallava falafel folks are trying to reproduce "genuine" falafel experience on gets on the street in NY or other Middle Eastern restaurants ... the condiments crammed in the pita, are unique and are more a farmers market meets falafel than the typical iceberg lettuce filled falafel ..and yes, I've had MANY yummy falafels in NY but these are a different beast altogether .. hardly traditional but very very yummy.

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          ilovebutter RE: ilovebutter Apr 11, 2008 10:42 PM

          dagoose: brilliant to check myspace! here's a link to the 9lb hammer site (in Georgetown): http://www.ninepoundhammer.com/. and you're right: it is THE BEST felafel. better than i've had pretty much anywhere in the world, except maybe that place in jerusalem...and the place on the haight in SFO :- ) (Landguy: you should DEFINITELY check it out...

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            hallava RE: ilovebutter May 14, 2008 12:02 PM

            You can find the truck at the 9lb Hammer in Georgetown on Fridays from 6pm to 10 or later. It's there on Saturdays also when there is something going on in Georgetown, like the art attack. you can still find it at youngstown on mondays from 11am to 1pm. We are working on getting a regular spot for lunch during the week, but the majority of people able to give permission for the use of a parking lot or other space seem to be douche bags when it comes to street food in this city.

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              terrier RE: hallava May 14, 2008 01:49 PM

              Thanks for the authoritative word. I agree the situation with street food is lousy in Seattle.

              I would be over the moon if you found a lunch spot in or near the ID or Pioneer Square.

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                cscsman RE: terrier May 14, 2008 05:23 PM

                I totally agree about the street food - we lose cultural richness, civic engagement because of red tape. It's a shame.

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                  hallava RE: terrier Jun 3, 2008 09:23 AM

                  Tuesdays and wednesdays from 11am to 2pm we will deliver to pioneer square and the ID, orders of $20 or more. 206 307 4769.

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                hallava RE: ilovebutter May 14, 2008 12:03 PM

                You can contact us at myspace/hallava, or use the phone. 234 4170

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                  allisonw RE: hallava May 14, 2008 02:44 PM

                  What about a bar or tavern that has parking and is eitther not open, or not serving food, at lunchtime? I have heard the Skillet guys have set up in the parking lot of The Olde Peculiar in Ballard during the day before. Seems like a perfect synergy for a closed place with onsite parking and a street food truck!!!

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                    landguy RE: hallava May 14, 2008 07:52 PM

                    Why aren't you in Capitol Hill?

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                    jamesbra RE: ilovebutter May 21, 2008 08:05 AM

                    hallava - come on guy - you've got a gold mine on your hands, both literally and figuratively. can you put the WHOLE url in there my friend? if I put in what you inserted with a www. and a .com around it, nothing. if i go to myspace and put in your name...nothing. "we weren't able t fine hallava". you clearly care enough to be on here giving 'teasers' can you follow through w/ the whole url and maybe even get really crazy and throw in your address? there was a seattle times thing and blogs talking about how..they..can't..find...you.

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                      GreenYoshi RE: jamesbra May 21, 2008 08:40 AM

                      #1. Not literally.
                      #2. http://www.myspace.com/hallava
                      (it wasn't that hard...)

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                        hallava RE: jamesbra May 28, 2008 06:35 PM

                        the truck can be found at 5609 s corson, georgetown (corson and Airport Way South) Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11am-2pm, the 9lb Hammer Fridays 6pm-10pm or later (6009 airport way south)
                        ....and nobody'd trying to tease anybody

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                          hallava RE: jamesbra May 28, 2008 06:38 PM

                          5609 S corson (s corson and Airport way south in georgetown), tuesdays and wednesdays 11am - 2pm, 9lb hammer fridays 6pm - 10pm or later. we are also considering delivery on tuesdays/wednesdays georgetown to queen anne depending on the response.

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                            pusherman RE: hallava May 28, 2008 10:35 PM

                            I'm sorry, something about this thread is making me feel like I can't read. Hallava, are you saying you'd consider delivering on Tues and Wed for an area between G'Town and QA? Because I'd ask you to SoDo every week!

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                              hallava RE: pusherman Jun 3, 2008 09:26 AM

                              We will deliver to SoDo and Pioneer Square on tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11am to 2pm. orders must be $20 or more, so get your friends together. 206 307 4769. Until we get our scooter we probably won't go further than pioneer square.

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                                pusherman RE: hallava Jun 9, 2008 07:17 PM

                                That's the best news I've seen all day! Unfortunately, I'm gone until July- I hope you're still up and running by then, I'll eat $20 worth of falafel by myself!

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                              terrier RE: hallava May 28, 2008 11:29 PM

                              Lunch delivery? I could certainly get a regular group order together in my office in Chinatown/ID.

                              If you are talking evenings, I'd have a standing order at my place downtown. Either way, tell us more!

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                                hallava RE: terrier Jun 3, 2008 09:27 AM

                                Yes it's true. get your group together. Deliveries must be $20 or more. Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11am til 2pm. 206 307 4769.

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                                  terrier RE: hallava Jun 3, 2008 12:31 PM

                                  So I got a mess o' falafel sandwiches for my team delivered today and solicited comments from them all afterwards. The verdict:

                                  The falafel balls themselves unfortunately do lose their crispness in the course of being wrapped and delivered. The other elements in the sandwich - salads, pickles, sauces - were very popular.

                                  Overall, we wish the truck had a nearby spot so we could get the falafel in a fresh state. (Though are they really fried in the truck? Or is the truck supplied with a steam-tray of falafel - if the latter, I guess it wouldn't matter that much.)

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                                    hallava RE: terrier Jun 23, 2008 08:15 PM

                                    i was afraid that might happen. to be honest i didn't expect the delivery bit to take off so quickly and we got a bit swamped due to my lack of preparedness. i believe the problem has been remedied (sp?). The falafel is fried in the truck of course. Thanks fro trying it.

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                                      terrier RE: hallava Jul 16, 2008 11:34 AM

                                      Just tried to call for a lunch delivery - not doing them anymore I guess?

                          2. goldbarsam RE: ilovebutter May 31, 2008 11:03 PM

                            I'd like to jump into this falafel quest. I haven't tried any falafel from any particular establishment around here (Northwest). An excellent falafel can be found at the Falafel Drive In (San Jose, CA) It's been profiled in one of the Food Channel shows. My point being, You can make a great falafel at home, I've copied the ingredients from the Falafel Drive In and use them for my own falafels. When I get the urge, I make 'em myself and they are the next best thing to having one in San Jose.

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                              landguy RE: goldbarsam Jun 1, 2008 01:15 PM

                              Its not just the falafel though its also about the package: the tahini, home made hot sauce, the bread etc.. Sadly I have yet to find a good falafel sandwich here. And as an fyi the trouble it takes to find this truck was/is not worth the effort if you are picky about your falafel and think soggy falafel balls don't cut it. Overall the sandwich as a whole was good for Seattle I guess.

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