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Jeremy303 Jul 9, 2009 08:35 PM

When I was in Barcelona last summer I had an exceptional falafel at Maoz, they are opening up a location soon in the DC area, does anyone have any insight to when it will open? Thanks.

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    Elyssa Aug 26, 2010 08:28 AM

    GroupOn has another great deal today for Maoz!! It's basically a 1/2 off deal...$5 for $10 worth of delicious falafel and fries (some of the best in town in my humble opinion).

    You should go here based on their garlic dipping sauce alone :)

    http://www.groupon.com/r/uu116071

    1. Bob W Dec 9, 2009 11:22 AM

      Thanks for the reviews, everyone. I plan to hoof over to Maoz in the next few days.

      I think Max's felafel is fantastic, but I suspect this will be a good alternative and much more convenient for me.

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        Bob W Dec 23, 2009 10:13 AM

        Just got back from lunch at Maoz. Unfortunately it's too far for me to walk to other than on very quiet days like this. I got the Maoz Royal with sweet potato fries and drink combo -- $10.81 incl tax.

        Good lunch. The felafel had a nice crunch. The toppings were very fresh. The fries were good, but I like crispy sweet potato fries. Next time I'd try the Belgian fries. The service was also good.

        Downside -- the packaging as others have noted is terrible. I used a fork to eat most of my sandwich. You definitely risk getting a bite of paper if you try to take a bite straight from the sandwich. I cannot see bringing this thing back to the office, either, but a lot of people were getting carryout; the place is very small with limited eat-in space.

        Bottom line: very good for downtown but Max's is still my go-to felafel.

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        hamster Dec 9, 2009 08:41 AM

        Tried out Maoz over the weekend. In the mood for something light, I tried to order *just* access to the salad bar. After some miscommunication, I was given a large bowl with five fresh falafel balls, and invited to pile on stuff from the salad bar. Despite the snafu, I was very happy with it. I enjoyed the different salads as well as the excellent sauces; the red salsa (spicy!), green cilantro sauce, and tahini (thicker than most places) were all excellent. I piled on cauliflower and brocolli, herbed carrots, cabbage, chickpeas, a nice chopped tomato/cucumber mix, and a tasty though unusual tabbouleh (no tomato?). Very satisfying. Also, the bowl they give you is HUGE. Probably twice the size of the ones they give out at Maoz in Madrid! And if you sit down there, you can apparently refill at the salad bar. That would be a LOT of food. I believe this costs $7.95 before tax. You can order a pita on the side for another 90 cents I think.
        This order may be a good solution for those concerned about trying to fill up a small pita pocket at the salad bar.

        I also noticed that they sell pre-made pita sandwiches, 3 varieties, for only $4.50. They seem to have some interesting flavors, including one that resembles a shakshouka for those Israeli food lovers out there.

        I will definitely be going back to this place.

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          WestIndianArchie Nov 25, 2009 12:07 PM

          Better than Amsterdam? Max's?

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            woodleyparkhound Nov 27, 2009 08:35 PM

            I went to Maoz today for the first time; I was the only one in there. I got a small falafel with hummus. I like the decor - it's very bright, cheery, and antiseptically clean. I have been to Amsterdam Falafel many times and really love it, so I was interested to see how Maoz would stack up. They are both good and I will return to both depending on which neighborhood I'm in when I get a hankering for falafel. These are the differences I perceived.

            Toppings: Maoz has fewer toppings, some are better than others. I loved the slaw - the pickled eggplant not so much. In general, I think AF has better toppings and a better selection. The carrots at AF are way better.

            Sauces: I prefer Maoz's. All are delicious, especially the garlic and the yogurt.

            Falafel and pita: both better at Maoz - really fresh and flavorful.

            Packaging: Better at AF. I really hated the cardboard cone with paper sticking out of it at Maoz. It made it really difficult to get a bite without eating the paper and/or smearing sauce on your face from the paper. There is very little room for toppings, which brings me to my next point...

            Refills: at Maoz, you can go back to the toppings bar as many times as you want, which is a good thing because there is so little room for toppings on the sandwich when they hand it to you. This isn't allowed at AF. I went back many times to get two bites of topping each time. It's also really easy to spill the toppings because there is no room for them.

            Salad/falafel option: Next time I go to Maoz, I think I'll get the salad (from toppings bar that you put together yourself). With this option, you can't go back for more toppings, but that is OK because they give you a reasonably sized box to fill when you order it. AF doesn' t have this option. The salad is more expensive than getting the sandwich.

            There are things that cost extra at Maoz that don't cost extra at AF, like hummus and fried eggplant.

            I like that AF is a local place. Maoz is a big international chain.

            Oh yes, and I loved being able to get fresh carrot juice at Maoz.

            My meal at Maoz (small falafel/hummus and carrot juice) cost about $8.00.

            Maoz is a great low cost meal option in Dupont Circle; I know I'll be back.

            Now I have to get myself to Max's!

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              MikeR Nov 28, 2009 05:00 AM

              That sounds pretty messy. Is there an option (even if you have to do it yourself) do have the felafel on a plate and eat it with a fork?

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                woodleyparkhound Nov 28, 2009 07:05 AM

                It IS messy! They don't have plates - I think you'd have to bring your own! I'm sure the reasoning is that there is a lot less topping waste this way. However, I'm sure the toppings dropped on the floor and tables are costing them something. They also don't have any spoons - I wanted one to taste-test the sauces before putting them on my falafel. The non-messy option would be the salad I mentioned in my last post - but of course you don't get the very delicious pita with that.

                www.maozusa.com

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                Jacey Nov 28, 2009 02:28 PM

                Nice to hear your review but I guess tastes/preferences vary by the eater. I find the toppings to be better and LOVE their pickled eggplant. I also find the customer service to be a lot better at Maoz.

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                  ChewFun Dec 2, 2009 03:23 PM

                  Went to Maoz today and was happy to say that it was good. The price is good, the food is good, the fries are good, the salad stuff and sauces were good. Too bad I couldn't pile more on my falafel.

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              Jeremy303 Nov 25, 2009 04:51 AM

              I went to Maoz last at 1807 M Street, it was delicious, as good as I remembered it when I had it in Barcelona. The falafal is only $4.59 and its a decent size. I added hummus to it (which was an additional charge and I had their Belgian Fries which were quite good.

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                hamster Nov 23, 2009 09:50 AM

                Apparently it's finally open!
                http://the42bus.blogspot.com/2009/11/...

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                  hamster Oct 28, 2009 06:47 AM

                  Maybe it's actually going to open? Could be nice to have a falafel place in Dupont. I've been several times in Spain as well, and it was a good product.

                  http://the42bus.blogspot.com/2009/10/...

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                    Jacey Oct 28, 2009 04:36 PM

                    I think it's opening soon. The paper is off the windows and the restaurant decals are on the windows. When you look in it looks like it's pretty set up minus chairs, and there's a sign that says hiring!

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                      hill food Oct 29, 2009 09:34 PM

                      not enough good falafel in DC (or anywhere)

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                        Andrewp75 Oct 30, 2009 10:43 AM

                        Try Lebanese Butcher Shop in N VA.

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                    Jacey Jul 10, 2009 09:52 AM

                    There has been a "coming soon" sign at the store's location for close to 11 months now with no action happening inside. I have a feeling plans have been put on hold. You could try emailing the company on their website.

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                      Doh Oct 29, 2009 02:59 PM

                      Is that where burrito bros. used to be?

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