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Amsterdam Falafelshop vs Maoz

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rajbbhatt May 20, 2011 04:04 PM

I just moved to Washington and I love falafel and am trying to better understand the scene here. Maoz is obviously a franchise and well known and I like their food. Seems like Amsterdam (haven't been yet) is a Washington institution that people love. What are everyone's thoughts? Someone said Amsterdam is looking to franchise - will they be able to beat Maoz?

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  1. agarnett100 RE: rajbbhatt May 20, 2011 06:17 PM

    Amsterdam is a favorite due to its location in Adams Morgan its a good alternative to a jumbo slice the toppings make the falafel I can really speak about Maoz. But I like to support local business

    1. woodleyparkhound RE: rajbbhatt May 21, 2011 03:06 AM

      Here's a thread where the two are compared - by me and by others.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/635401

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        Elyssa RE: rajbbhatt May 22, 2011 08:05 AM

        Both are very good (and both should be tried). I personally like Maoz a little more because I like their toppings/condiments---mostly because their garlic mayo sauce is truly addictive. This stuff is so good I've been tempted to bath in it.

        Maoz is also only one of three certified Kosher restaurants in DC as well, in case that is something you are concerned with.

        Amsterdam falafel is good though for a late night eat.

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          lawhound RE: Elyssa May 22, 2011 09:04 AM

          Can I throw in a vote for Zorkafor's Sandveg in Old Town Alexandria? I haven't been to the other two mentioned above, but the falafel (and esp the condiments) at ZS were exceptional.

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            stgrove RE: Elyssa May 25, 2011 07:21 AM

            Hm, I actually like Amsterdam way better than Maoz! I feel like their balls are tastier--Maoz's seem a little boring to me--and have been crispier on the outside the times I've been there. My new favorite falafel: Friends Kabob on 19th(?) St near(ish) Dupot Circle. The one time I've been their falafel was shaped almost like a particularly plump mini-donut, had great flavor and super crispy, nubby outside.

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              hamster RE: stgrove May 25, 2011 10:36 AM

              You mean that new place with green signage on P Street, that was converted recently from...Legends, IIRC? Have been wondering if that place is any good. It looks kind of sketchy, as did the Legends...I recommend the Afghan kabob place up the street if you're into that kind of food.

              I really like Maoz and prefer it to Amsterdam for the generally laid-back vibe - you can go up and get more from the toppings bar if you want, it's clean and comfortable - though I haven't tried Amsterdam for years now.

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                Elyssa RE: hamster May 25, 2011 12:26 PM

                If we are thinking of the same place it's in the old Pizzeria Paradisio space I think.

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                  hamster RE: Elyssa May 25, 2011 01:04 PM

                  No, the place I'm thinking of is further down, next door to the Fireplace at the corner with 22nd.
                  Here's the website:
                  http://www.vfalafel.com/

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                    Elyssa RE: hamster May 26, 2011 08:13 AM

                    Oh gotcha. I'll have to check it out.

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                  stgrove RE: hamster May 26, 2011 09:43 AM

                  Sorry, it's actually on 20th! http://www.friendskabob.com/ Sorry!

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                    hamster RE: stgrove May 26, 2011 06:11 PM

                    Oh, at 20th and M! I hadn't heard about that, thanks for the tip!

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                      hamster RE: stgrove May 26, 2011 06:14 PM

                      Ooh, the menu looks great and they have Persian khoreshes!! Is this place open at lunch and dinner, weekends too? They don't seem to have their hours on the website.

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                    Elyssa RE: stgrove May 25, 2011 12:26 PM

                    I'll have to check out Friends of Kabob----is it the new place on P street? If so it's right near my apartment.

                    Next time you go to Maoz make sure to try the garlic mayo on your falafel. SO GOOD!

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                      hamster RE: Elyssa May 25, 2011 01:06 PM

                      Kabob House Food Corner, it's above the new empanada place I think, between 20th and 21st. This is my favorite place in Dupont lately.
                      http://www.foodcornerkabobdc.com/find...

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                        stgrove RE: Elyssa May 26, 2011 09:44 AM

                        I'll give Maoz another try with the garlic mayo! (Garlic+mayo--nothing wrong with that.) Not a fan of the green sauce they have at Maoz. Look like it'd be good, but it had an unpleasantly bitter taste to me.

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                      hill food RE: Elyssa May 25, 2011 08:21 PM

                      "This stuff is so good I've been tempted to bath in it."

                      HA! there's one for a Zagat listing!

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