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Freshly-made falafel in Calgary!

John Manzo Feb 25, 2010 01:46 PM

Nonlinear, this is for you-

The space that used to be Falafel King in the Beltline (1610 10 St SW) is now unrelated to FK and is called Pharaoh's. Owner used to work for Shawarma Knight and he does the same cool, non-messy double-wrap shawarma as does SK. Excellent shawarma and they have house-made beet pickle for it, just amazing and a good deal with a non-huge but very satisfying "large" chix shawarma for $7.50.

Perhaps best of all-- Nonlinear-- is that falafel is ALWAYS made to order. I haven't tried it yet but am dying to.

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    Doc1200 Feb 26, 2010 10:26 AM

    I was very disappointed to see that FK had closed but tried a Shawarma at Pharaoh's hoping it would be as good or better than FK. Sorry to say it was the WORST Shawarma I have ever had. The Chicken was so heavily over seasoned that the first bit tasted like pure salt it was just overpowering. After a few bites I had to stop as the flavour of the meat was so terrible I could not eat any more. I might have to give them the benefit of the doubt as they had just opened but overall the place looks a bit shabby since the new owner took over and the Shawarma was awful. It's a shame because I often went to FK for a late night bite and the food was consistently fantastic at that location :(

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      John Manzo Feb 26, 2010 08:55 PM

      Wow- not my experience in two visits, but I also have had the owner serve me, which might explain something. However I found FK to be in a real death spiral before then so maybe our tastes just differ- I like salt :)

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      nonlinear Feb 26, 2010 11:42 AM

      THANK YOU MANZO, I COULD KISS YOU!!!! i'll try to make it out this weekend! I haven't had a crispy falafel sandwich in literally years.

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        John Manzo Feb 27, 2010 03:33 PM

        Got the combo special today- medium (pretty small medium but so what) wrap-- got falafel-- garlic potatoes and drink (bottle of water for me) for $7. Great deal.

        Falafel is made from real fava beans, not a powder. It is delicious but I think can best be appreciated on a platter instead of the sandwich. The real treat was actually the potatoes- deep fried but still potato-ey, great texture, nice garlic sauce, real treat. Great lunch deal.

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          ureviewcalgary Mar 2, 2010 08:45 PM

          Check out Little Lebanon way up 17th. The freshly baked pockets are fantastic. They also make fresh falafel and kibbeh. Very good stuff.

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            nonlinear Mar 3, 2010 07:05 AM

            fresh, as in deep fried to order?

            1. re: nonlinear
              John Manzo Mar 7, 2010 08:30 AM

              Partner picked up the meat pies there and confirms that falafel are NOT fried to order :(

            2. re: ureviewcalgary
              John Manzo Mar 3, 2010 07:52 AM

              We've had those little pies from LL and I agree that they are EPIC.. AMAZINGLY delicious.

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                23skidoo Jun 15, 2010 12:57 PM

                Just tried this place and I loved it. It may be scorching hot in there, but the pie things are fresh and delicious.

                It's on the south side of 17th Ave, between 34th and 35th St SW.

                I hope the LRT construction doesn't hurt their business.

                1. re: 23skidoo
                  Major_9000 Jun 15, 2010 02:02 PM

                  That's good news considering they got new owners about a month ago.

          2. John Manzo Jun 15, 2010 03:07 PM

            Well, Pharaoh's has changed owners as of May 1, happy to say that the new owners still make the falafels fresh. I had a chicken shawarma there yesterday and it was okay, made the same double-wrapped way that they do at Shawarma Knight. DId not try the falafel.

            Name is changing soon too. Same amazing hours, til 4am Th-Sat.

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            Shawarma Knight
            1512 14 St SW, Calgary, AB T3C 1C9, CA

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