HOME > Chowhound > Austin >



I am 37 years old, and have never tried a falafel. I'm making it my mission today. I live in the P-ville/Round Rock area. Any suggestions?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Phoenicia bakery. Just ask for their regular falafel sandwich.

    1. Most HEBs have pre-made solar falafel in the ready to eat section.
      Not the best in town but I grab one now and then to eat on the go.
      If you like spicy food get the turbo version.

      3 Replies
      1. re: chucklesmcfarland

        I honestly can't recommend those wraps. The quality of them has seemed to decline over the years. I've noticed that there are less veggies in the sandwich (lettuce, tomato) now and less sauce too, so the end result is a number of dry dry falafel balls wrapped in pita.

        1. re: verily

          i completely agree. and here i thought it was just my bad luck. :)

          1. re: verily

            Hm, I can't say I've tried them in quite a while so to make up....

            How about Sarah's? :)


        2. Tino's Greek Cafe

          Phonecia is closed on Sundays.


          1. Zorba's in Round Rock---mmmm.... By Home Depot

            Also, Byblos in Pflugerville. Different (Lebanese vs. Greek) but also quite good. Try both and compare!

            3 Replies
            1. re: danoc

              i was surprisingly pleased when i tasted the falafel at tom's tabooley for the first time last week. http://www.tomstabooley.com/
              my dad is israeli and i lived in ny for a long time so have had a chance to sample some decent falafel in my day. i've been pretty disappointed thus far in austin but i think tom's was quite tasty. i also love the vibe in there! so cute.
              let us know what you think of your first falafel, regardless of where you get it!

              1. re: reina_de_fideo

                Tom's falafels are pretty good; but for my money Sara's on Burnet Rd is the best.

                1. re: auspr

                  Tom's aren't too bad, but I refuse to buy anything from them since their other offerings Tabouli, Hummus, etc. are absolutely vile.

                  Sara's definitely wins the contest for best falafel in Austin. It's pretty unique--I haven't had any other falafel quite like it. It tastes like it is flavored with anise.

                  In Houston, I think that Zabak's is the best.

            2. Marakesh on 9thandCongress is awesome,fresh falafel. unique and good-Tom'sTabooley on Guad and 29th.

              1. Believe it or not--Spec's (Liquor store, at Arbor Walk or on Airport) has a deli that does superb falafel.

                1. The Gyro's Shop across from Dell next to Beluga has a pretty decent Falafel. It;s a small mideast sandwich shop .

                  1. I really like the falafel at Arpeggio Grill. Sarah's also has good falafel. The best falafel I have ever had was at a tiny Hole in the Wall in Santa Clara Cali called House of Falafel. You know, just in case you ever find yourself in Santa Clara...

                    1. I really like the falafel at International Foods at Braker and Lamar. It's mostly a grocery store, but has a food counter in the back and a couple of tables.


                      Also please note, Byblos has closed (I miss it a lot) and Marakesh has moved from downtown to 3301 Steck Ave.

                      1 Reply
                      1. re: debegone

                        Yes! it's a total dive, but delicious!

                        the store also sells $1 samosas made by some guy (?) at the register and Phoenicia pita bread, which is hard to find round these parts.

                      2. try making baked falafel-
                        easy to prepare-
                        I enjoy "green" falafel- chickpeas, parsley, etc.
                        there is also falefal made with fava beans