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Falafel update ?

surgeon Jun 23, 2008 02:39 AM

looking for a falafel place that has great salads to add to the pita bread (eggplant, etc) and other tasty comdiments, Perhaps a middle east Israeli/Lebonese place, not Greek. Any good finds?

  1. Fred19 Jun 23, 2008 04:44 AM

    Try Joshua's in Woodstock, NY. Great sampler plate with felafal and all sorts of great salads.

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      foody1964 Jun 23, 2008 05:32 AM

      Layla's on High Ridge Road in Stamford. Also opening another location near Summer St. in South Stamford.

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        A avenue Jun 23, 2008 08:35 AM

        My favorite place is Myrna's in Stamford. It's all very authentic and delicious! The baba ghannouj is also fantastic!


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          gvogelge Jun 23, 2008 11:12 AM

          Try the Main Course in New Paltz - they have excellent falafel and a very eclective menu. It is the storefront to their catering business. The best falafel I've had since moving from Chicago.

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          1. re: gvogelge
            lovesublime Jun 23, 2008 11:44 AM

            Not sure where youre from..I like Falafel Inn In Norwalk on Rt 7. Small takeout place with maybe 4 tables.
            I found Myrnas to be extremely bland. Ffld Cty is definitely lacking in Turkish/Middle Eastern food.

            1. re: lovesublime
              Elizzie Jun 27, 2008 04:40 PM

              There's a new-ish falafel place on Route 1/Westport Avenue in Norwalk, across from the old no-tell motel that's been refurbished. It's in that weird section that has a car dealership on one side and a Taco Bell on the other. Haven't tried it, but intend to.

              1. re: Elizzie
                woodys Jun 27, 2008 05:37 PM

                It really is good!

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                  Avalondaughter Jul 3, 2008 09:40 AM

                  I'll second that one. I've enjoyed it every time I have been there and the Middle Eastern guys I work with give it their stamp of approval.

                2. re: Elizzie
                  jfood Jun 27, 2008 05:46 PM

                  jfood gives me baths on that street. so it is just east on Pennzey's/stews on the same side of the street as Pennzy's?

                  1. re: jfood
                    WendyBinCT Jul 2, 2008 02:23 PM

                    Well, this thread really got my mouth watering, so I took myself on a little Norwalk road trip today and can now offer my own enthusiastic thumbs-up to Falafel Inn, 333 Westport Ave. (Route 1). Yes, jfood it's about a half mile east of Penzey's, on the same (north) side, in a little strip center with a hardware store. (Except for the route number this place matches the one mentioned by lovesublime.) Brought home a side of falafel with tahini for $1.99, an unbeatable bargain, cooked fresh to order, sizzling and crispy. I liked 'em best with a dash of hot sauce. Also bought a small tub of exceptional, smoky baba ghanoush for $2.99. Told the lovely young woman behind the counter that I had seen good reviews here in Chowhound, and she was happy to hear it, and said another fellow had mentioned the same thing. Website with menu and coupons: www.falafel-inn.com

                    1. re: WendyBinCT
                      jfood Jul 2, 2008 06:45 PM

                      Thanks Wendy. Jfood ate there and posted a few months ago on Falafel Inn. Really liked it as well. Much better than Layla in Stm.

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                        momof3 Jul 3, 2008 08:42 AM

                        Wow, I just checked the website sounds sooo good. I had the best falafel in my life in Israel 13 years ago. I still remember it and have been on a quest to find a similar style here. It sounds like that might be the closest in this area. In Jerusalem they put french fries (chips) in the pita with the balls, a light tehina sauce and a salad of fresh cukes, tomatoes, and onion. A-mazing!
                        I live in Westchester and there used to be a place in Wykagyl (New Rochelle) that had great Israeli style falafel, but sadly it closed. I may have to trek up 95 to try falafel inn :)

                        1. re: momof3
                          jfood Jul 3, 2008 12:11 PM


                          just to manage your expectations when you go. Although you enjoyed the falafels in Jerusalem (jfood drove his colleagues crazy byinsisting on falafel for lumch every day there) you will not find The Jerusalem Post at Falafel Inn and the TV is not tuned to a local Tel Aviv station, if you get jfood's drift. But the food is excellent.

                          1. re: jfood
                            momof3 Jul 4, 2008 05:24 PM

                            Jfood, i do understand. Frankly, it is what I would expect. I will still try it as one of tthe great things about food is that it bridges all ethnic, religious, and geographic chasms. I'm willing to give it a try expectations as always in check.

                            1. re: momof3
                              jfood Jul 4, 2008 08:57 PM

                              the falaffel is worth the trip. and jfood agrees that food eaten with people from all walks of life has been one of the great equalizers.

                    2. re: Elizzie
                      sibeats Jun 29, 2008 05:06 AM

                      We got takeout from there a couple of times...it is tasty...had the chicken shwarma wrap and hummus platter. Yum!

                3. markp Jun 28, 2008 10:04 PM

                  Joeyness in Fort Lee NJ makes the best falafel I've ever eaten along with a smoky savory baba ganouj and an interesting variety of other middle eastern salads. On lower Main Street in Fort Lee, stone's throw from the GWB. Joey is a CIA grad of Lebanese heritage. Sweet guy, runs the joint with his mom.

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                    Nonny Jun 29, 2008 02:42 PM

                    You don't mention what your geo constraints may be but "Hannah's" is a true Lebanese deli/restaurant in Danbury CT - located on Lake Avenue. You can do eat in or take out. Their food is seriously good and authentic - Lebanese radio and television going on in the background.
                    Some good jarred & canned goods as well as dried fruits and legumes etc.
                    Nice people too.

                    1. cowgirlinthesand Jul 6, 2008 04:49 PM

                      There's a new place in Albany (actually a 2nd location for a Troy place) that was listed in Steve Barnes blog. Al Baraki Lebanese restaurant. Here's the column with a link to their menu. http://alloveralbany.com/archive/2008...
                      We're going to try to get there this week and I'll post our finds.

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                        debchap Jul 8, 2008 07:22 AM

                        Layla's in either Stamford (High Ridge Rd, near Exit 35) or Fairfield has a great Jerusalem Wrap. It's not on the menu in Stamford so you have to wait until they are not too busy and say what's in it. As far as I know, it's crispy falafel, warm french fries, pickle, grilled eggplant (at least sometimes), salad, tahini. The Layla's website is under construction or I would verify this, sorry. Anyway, it's a fabulous sandwich combining all sorts of flavors and textures.

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