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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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  1. 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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    1. re: Jacey

      Is that where burrito bros. used to be?

    2. 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.

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      1. re: hamster

        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!

        1. re: Jacey

          not enough good falafel in DC (or anywhere)

          1. re: hill food

            Try Lebanese Butcher Shop in N VA.

        1. 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.

            1. re: WestIndianArchie

              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!

              1. re: woodleyparkhound

                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?

                1. re: MikeR

                  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.


                2. re: woodleyparkhound

                  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.

                  1. re: Jacey

                    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.