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Fordee's falafel....THE BEST!

Science Chick Jul 19, 2008 08:24 AM

I've been having a falafel sandwich once a week at Fordee's for the past month or so, and I have to say I think they are really the best around now. My BF is Israeli, and he is nuts about them! The falafel is flavorful, but not overly spiced, which I like, and the texture is fluffy without being too bready. Expertly fried, not greasy. Excellent sandwich components, including romaine lettuce (hurray! no iceberg), an onion/parsley mix, and those heavenly Armenian pickled turnips. At $5.50 for the basic sandwich (which is too big for me to finish), this is a deal and a half! Their homemade hot sauce compliments the sandwich well, heavy on the cumin and very vinegary....good and hot, too. We tried their hummus once and it was very good as well.

Fordee's Grill
555 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

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      lexpatti RE: Science Chick Jul 20, 2008 05:03 PM

      OMG, just recently stumbbled onto them one night and loved the falafel soooo much. I closed my eyes and could remember being in the Marais in Paris.

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        galleygirl RE: lexpatti Jul 20, 2008 06:07 PM

        Ahhh, that's my gold-standard for felafal...Must get there right away!

      2. StriperGuy RE: Science Chick Sep 12, 2008 02:00 PM

        Can't believe I have been so late to this game living so nearby. I think I just assumed "another crappy sandwhich shop."

        Had their falafel for lunch today and it was excellent. Definitely gives Reef Cafe a run for the money.

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          bear RE: StriperGuy Sep 12, 2008 06:00 PM

          Glad you made it there, sg. Had a falafel wrap earlier in the week. It was typically terrific and is my current favorite, although I haven't had Reef yet.

          Cooked to order falafel that was nice and garlicky, and the pickled turnips, tahini sauce and tasty hot sauce (doesn't seem to be straight harissa...maybe tahini in it?) both add to the sandwich. It even manages to hold up okay on the ride back to Waltham, although I'm sure it's better just to eat it there. Hard to resist while driving.

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          lergnom RE: Science Chick Sep 12, 2008 06:39 PM

          While Fordee's is very good, the best IMHO is Samia's in West Roxbury (almost next to Real Deal & Sugar). 100% Samia made. Also the best fattoush anywhere.

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            ts44 RE: Science Chick Sep 12, 2008 09:38 PM

            Their shawerma and kebabs are fantastic too. And they have those pita chips to eat hummus or baba ghanouj with which are AMAZING!! I'm not a big potato chip person, these are awesome- they don't taste greasy or heavy at all...But, yes of course, their falafel is fantastic. I'm a HUGE fan.

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              VivreManger RE: ts44 Sep 13, 2008 04:21 AM

              My question for everyone, the Israeli BF in particular, is does the sandwich fall apart because of the inferior generic US thin pita. In the Middle East pita comes in a variety of thicknesses. For falafel-sandwich-making a thick pita is best since it can hold all the ingredients, dry and wet without disintegrating. However in the US such a practical solution is absent. Montreal pita-makers offer thick pita bread. I have been told such is available as well in NY, but I have never seen it in Boston. Since I go up to Montreal fairly often, I have been tempted to bring down thick MTL pita into Boston falafel makers and have them stuffed instead of the default thin stuff.

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                galleygirl RE: VivreManger Sep 13, 2008 05:34 AM

                Andreas Pizza in Framingham makes their own pita. It is quite thick.

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                  Science Chick RE: VivreManger Sep 13, 2008 05:39 AM

                  It is the standard large pita used as a wrap, so it doesn't fall apart. I know what you mean, though. I've not found that kind of thicker one here....The only really good Israeli type of falafel in a real stuffed pita I get at Taim in the Village when I'm in NYC. They have the real deal Israeli falafel w/cabbage to put inside!!

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                    tweetie RE: Science Chick Sep 13, 2008 06:02 AM

                    Has anyone tried the gyro at Fordee's? Heading there today and my husband prefers them to falafel.

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                      katzzz RE: tweetie Sep 13, 2008 06:50 AM

                      I had the gyro a couple of weeks ago. It was OK. Meat is the pre-sliced, frozen variety, not fresh sliced from a gyro rotisserie. I think there are a lot of better options at Fordee's (in addition to the falafel). Haven't tried any of the burgers, but I saw some other folks eating them and they looked pretty darn good.

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                    lergnom RE: VivreManger Sep 13, 2008 07:50 AM

                    Rami's in Coolidge Corner makes Jerusalem style falafel with the thicker pita. Very, very good but expensive.

                    Russo's sells Montreal breads, including pita, though the availability varies. Arax, Massis et al on Mount Auburn in Watertown also sell some Quebec breads.

                    There are a number of pita bakers in the area. I used to go to Near East Bakery but they moved from down near Dedham to Brockton.

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                      bostonhound RE: lergnom Sep 13, 2008 08:55 AM

                      You can still get Near East bread at Bob's Pita/Droubis' in Roslindale Square. They have it trucked up from Brockton daily now that they stopped baking their own.

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                      StriperGuy RE: VivreManger Sep 13, 2008 08:56 AM

                      Mine did not fall apart, Arax sells a variety of Montreal Pita right down the block. That said, I think you should turf off your fussy BF and hook up with someone less high maintenance.... just kidding.

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                        bear RE: VivreManger Sep 13, 2008 04:18 PM

                        Mine didn't fall apart, either, but I do think they use the thin pita that is popular in many places in the area. If is the one I'm thinking of, it is made in Canada, maybe Montreal. I can't remember which place told us that they love it, maybe Cafe Barada. It is trucked down regularly, and some places freeze it because they like the texture and it freezes well. I happen to prefer a slightly thicker pita, (can't speak for authenticity, just personal preference) but love the Fordee's sandwich anyway.

                    3. SaraASR RE: Science Chick Sep 13, 2008 12:20 PM

                      Check out fellow Chowhounder SusieAnd's falafel review in the Boston Globe magazine (and online) last Sunday. Reviewed were Falafel King, Fordee's, and Rami's!

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