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Any GREEN falafel between South Beach and Boca Raton?

  • janie Feb 7, 2011 06:21 AM

Looking for good falafel, must be green inside, and not made with fava beans (egyptian style) only made with chick peas (israeli style)----Taim in New York City is the benchmark..(my favorite falafel outside of Israel)--while I know it's pretty tough to find anything this good...I'll settle for decent, but it's got to be green....last time I visited tried the place on West Dixie Highway (the name escapes me at the moment, Itzak something--but it was uniformly lousy and not too clean and overpiced, and that's being kind)---the Moroccan Israeli influenced Pita spot used to be good, but I know it was sold a long time ago...and haven't been in quite awhile...is their falafel still good? Is it green or the dreaded yellow?

What about Crazee Olive..I read theirs is green..think they're Lebanese...usually the Lebanese make their falafel nice and green..but sometimes they put fava beans (deathly allergic)

Never went to Bisseleh cafe...it apears they are gone or sold? can't seem to get a straight answer from the net..--what is Mimosa Cafe in Hallandale? Cuban Mediterranean?

Used to go to Shalom Haifa off RR tracks in Ojus, but it's gone downhill...and their falafel is nothing special

Is there any good falafel at the Waterways Shoppes? That place is like Tel Aviv with all the Israeli's hanging out there on the weekends...

The place in Loehmann's is not good either--i think it's Pita Plus?

....any help would be appreciated to find FRESHLY made green herb infused falafel and better yet, if they make their own pita or laffa..thank you!!

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  1. there is a place off hallandale beach blvd in shopping center that has good falafel-and is green
    not sure of its name

    there r also several restaurants in hollywood
    and also one opposite casino in hollywood=i don't think there's is green though

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    1. re: jpr54_1

      do you think it's the mimosa cafe? That's listed as being in a shopping center....

      1. re: janie

        i don't think it is mimosa.

        it maybe pita grill cafe by simi

        the place opposite casino in hollywood is Nava's tavern and Grill

      2. re: jpr54_1

        Nava's Tavern and Grill-opposite casino

        Pita Grill cafe by Simi-Hallandale

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        Pita Grill Cafe
        658 W Hallandale Beach Blvd, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

        1. re: jpr54_1

          I hadn't tried the falafel there but Nava Grill is FANTASTIC!

          my review here: http://southfloridafoodnerd.blogspot....

          1. re: jpr54_1

            In Hallandale Beach Restaurant is Pita Grill cafe of Hallandale
            It is located btw I 95 and west dixie hwy

            mimosa is now a taste of cuba but says in ads it serves medit. food

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            Pita Grill Cafe
            658 W Hallandale Beach Blvd, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

        2. The falafel at Levy's on Sheridan St. in Hollywood is good and IIRC it is green.

          1. The falafel at Dimasi Sweets in Sunrise is green inside, but I don't know about the fava content. The owners are Lebanese and the falafel is served with minimal toppings in a lavash wrap.

            It's very different from others that I've had, but I really enjoy it. I'd be interested to hear how it stacks up to the others mentioned.

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            Dimasi Sweets
            7794 NW 44th St, Sunrise, FL 33351

            1. Try Keeses in Fort Lauderdale, A1A & Commercial. It's the greenest tastiest falafel i've ever had. http://www.keeses.com/

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              1. re: SouthFloridaFoodNerd

                Keeses is also now in South Beach - right on washington and 14th ish

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                South Beach Cafe
                121 5th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139

                1. re: ddoonie

                  no kidding? good for them! I wonder what it looks like. It's almost literally a hole in the wall in Fort Lauderdale. 3 tables & 3 walls... I wonder if they, like the Lauderdale location, also make beach deliveries....

                  1. re: SouthFloridaFoodNerd

                    THey do have delivery, and its a decent location - probably 5 or 6 tables. Hopefully business is good for them so they dont close down like all the restaurants before them..

                    1. re: ddoonie

                      I am definitely going to try them out soon. Thanks for the tip. BTW I think they are between 15th and 16th on washington.

                      1. re: tpigeon

                        1533 Washington Avenue. Got it off the take out menu :)

              2. There is a lovely place in Coral Springs, Falafel Bistro & Wine Bar, at the Shoppes at Heron Lakes on Coral Ridge Drive. Had some wonderful Israeli falafel there a few weeks back. Nice atmosphere, also some outside seating. They serve lunch and dinner. www.falafel-bistro.com

                1. Actually Michael's Genuine has it on their lunch menu. Pretty straightforward. Wouldn't say it's the best but it did suffice.

                  1. okay the best place we LOVE is Sunrise Pita and gril
                    2680 North University Drive
                    Sunrise, FL 33322
                    (954) 748-0090
                    it is a kosher Israel place. Counter service... very casual nothing fancy. but AMAZING! What is good about them is there falafel pita has a bunch of different toppings and sauces on it. but it is the best. they do keep different hours since it is kosher (closed Friday after sunset, saturday, open after sunset on sunday..)

                    1. Maoz Vegetarian in Boca Town Center Mall in the Food Court makes the most wonderful falafels. If you walk past slowly they normally offer you one to try as a taster. There is always a queue since they opened and you get to chose from different types of pita bread or a box and lovely fresh salads. They also make fresh juices.

                      1. Pita Plus in Hollywood and Adventura both have green falafel

                        1. Following up on Janette post above... no doubt skipped as soon as the words Mall Food Court appeared...

                          How does this look (photo)?

                          At the risk of getting banned from the board forever (I'm sure some would say long overdue)...

                          These were found at the (gasp) Food Court at Boca Raton Town Center Mall (horrors)...

                          A place called Maoz Vegetarian.

                          For what it's worth, it's a chain/franchise out of Amsterdam and now has stores in Greenwich Village, Union Square, Town Center Mall... and Miami Beach, 1657 Washington Ave.

                          And as per the Original Post request, no fava beans here:

                          "Our falafel is made out of chickpeas ground with fresh vegetables, herbs and a special blend of spices we call "The Maoz Magic Powder". This unique mixture is then shaped into little balls and quickly fried in zero trans-fat vegetable oil, poured fresh every day. With an uncompromising commitment to freshness, we make sure to prepare our falafel balls for every order. And by the way, our falafel is gluten-free!"

                          "Maoz Vegetarian is a fast service restaurant serving authentic falafel and freshly made vegetarian food. When it comes to falafel, we are world experts. For over 20 years, we have been continuously working on perfecting our product to offer the best tasting nutritious meals to our customers worldwide."

                          (Turn down speakers before going to idiotic stupid restaurant website with music blasting)

                          http://www.maozusa.com

                          NY Times review
                          http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/23/din...

                           
                           
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                          1. re: CFByrne

                            it sounds good-i will try it out

                            1. re: CFByrne

                              I ate at Maoz in Amsterdam this summer. It's better than Pashas.

                              1. re: CFByrne

                                I also like Maoz in the Mall, tastes closest to Israeli falafel that I have found so far especially if you just add the cabbage salad and tahina and just a little tomato and cucumber.