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Best Falafel in LA?

I've been craving falafel and would like to where Chowhounds like to get it. I've had it many times at Zankou Chicken, but I'm positive there are even better versions out there. I live Downtown, so Glendale and Westwood are both feasible for me. TIA!

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  1. Falafel Arax is the best I've found. Leagues better than Zankou, Spitz, Skafs...

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    Falafel Arax
    5101 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

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    1. re: ns1

      I've been a couple of times. The falafel themselves were good but the sandwich itself wasn't that great IMO.

      I will say that the falafel at Arax are probably better than those at Zankou.

      1. re: sillygoosedown

        I agree 100%, the falafel a la carte is better than the sandwich

    2. Hayat's Kitchen in North Hollywood N 11009 Burbank Blvd., No. 117, North Hollywood

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        1. re: Dommy

          Hayat's by far is the best I've ever had. Perfectly sized and cooked.

        2. re: LisaN

          thanks for the rec, went by today and was as described!

          now on my regular rotation. Feels like everything is really made with care.

        3. Marouch Restaurant
          4905 Santa Monica Boulevard
          www.marouchrestaurant.com

          closed mondays

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          Marouch Restaurant
          4905 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA

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          1. re: NYCnowLA

            I second Marouch for falafel.

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            Marouch Restaurant
            4905 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA

            1. re: sillygoosedown

              third Marouch!

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              Marouch Restaurant
              4905 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA

          2. I enjoyed the late Eat-A-Pita's falafel... but, now, I'd have to say Pita Kitchen's falafel, located off of Ventura Blvd in Sherman oaks, is my current fave. Too bad it's nowhere near where you or I live.

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            Pita Kitchen
            14500 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

            1. It's a bit further from you, but Carnival in Sherman Oaks is the best I've had in LA; crisp on the outside, moist on the inside, tasting of garlic, parsley and sesame...they are as perfect as falafel can be. I find the falafels at Marouch to be dry and heavy whereas Carnival's are both more flavorful and lighter.

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              Marouch Restaurant
              4905 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA

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              1. re: sku

                Second the Carnival rec. I've always enjoyed theirs.

                Itzik Hagadol gives you unlimited Falafels when you order their salads. I didn't think they were quite as good as Carnivals but the bread more than made up for it.

                1. re: cdub

                  i love itzik hagadol and their array of salads.