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Jan 13, 2009 03:45 PM

ISO fantastic FALAFEL

I have not had fantastic falafel in years! Looking for a place to try this weekend! We live in the Long Beach area and would travel to OC or LA... HELP! :) The last fantastic one i had was not greasy, it was flavorful, light, crunchy on the outside moist on the inside, served in a warm pita with YUMMY tahini, hummus and lettuce. Perfect! Help me find this again..

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  1. Falafel Arax
    5101 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste. 2
    L.A., CA 90029
    (323) 663-9687

    Is the best I've found. A tiny little place. Also excellent shwarma.

    9 Replies
    1. re: estone888

      Yes yes yes

      Incredibly crispy on the outside (like a potato chip), soft, light and airy on the inside. Never had another felafel like it. Superb.

      Mr Taster

      1. re: Mr Taster

        P.S. ...and I've been to Israel :)

        Mr Taster

              1. re: a_and_w


                It's not like felafel is so variant in nature that it's Chicago vs. New York pizza. The differences are much more subtle, and in my experience the dressing, pita, delivery method is far more regionally variant than the actual felafel itself. That's not to say there are no regional differences at all, but I think you get my meaning. I hope.

                Mr Taster

                P.S. I ate 2 ala carte felafels ar Arax once, so I am not vouching for anything other than the felafel itself. They were magnificent... far superior to my former neighborhood joint, the now-defunct "Eat A Pita"-- which were delicious, but Arax is in a whole other league.

                1. re: Mr Taster

                  Yes, it's the dressings, more than the falafel itself that I mean by "Israeli style." As you may know, Israeli-style falafel places often have more salads, cole slaws, and fried vegetables available as toppings. Basically, I pine for the likes of Azuri and Olympic Pita in NY, if you're familiar.

                  1. re: Mr Taster

                    Are the falafels at Arax made from fava beans or chickpeas?

        1. re: estone888

          Stopped by over the weekend, dear mother of god the falafel are GODLY

          .50 each, $3 for a small thing of tahini sauce

          I thought the shawarma @skafs was better. but their falafel (arax) is sooooooooo good

        2. How about checking out all those Middle Eastern joints on Brookhurst St. in Anaheim.
          I know I've had great beef schwarma at the Sahara Falafel place there....

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          1. re: ellen4441

            Kareem's Falafel or Sahara Falafel -- and stop at Al-Sanabel for a Lebanese "pizza". :)

          2. Across the street from LAC+USC medical center is a place called skewers. I had their falafel plate. It was fresh, light, crisp, and tasty. The ladies there fried it to order. Best I've ever had.

            1. There is a place that specializes in falafel called Bella Pita, which started in Westwood Village (in a small storefront on Gayley a few doors south of In'n'Out) and now has expanded to Westwood Blvd. (in a stand right next to Feast from the East). A very limited menu, limited to freshly fried falafel and a couple of other pitas. What makes them special is a do-it-yourself condiment bar, with different kinds of lettuces, vegies, pickles, and several types of sauces to dress your sandwich. Just under $5 per.

              1. one of my friend's swears by amir's.

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                1. re: Emme

                  Amir's on Ventura in Studio City is terrific.

                  1. re: Emme

                    peopel swear by Amir's like it's a cult thing.....

                    but this NYC girl thought it was very less than in all respects...... there HAS to be better out there........

                    ( i used to crave the falafel from the street stand outside Hunter college in the day)