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Nov 18, 2011 10:22 AM

Falafel on the Danforth

Hi all, I'm in search of a decent middle eastern place on the Danforth, an area which I'm new to.
I'm around Donlands and have tried the Turkish restaurant just west of Donlands. Was quite disappointed. They fry the falafel balls when they open and simply reheat them when an order is placed, not so fresh!
Any recommendations would be much appreciated!

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  1. I think all the fast food mid-eastern places fry the falafel and then re-heat them. That's nowhere near as good as back in the late 70's when I would order falafel on a pita from Aida's and wait for it to be fried..

    There is a place across from Globe bistro that seems popular with the people from schools in the area.

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    1. re: foodyDudey

      We tried that place and it wasn't very good. We prefer to go the extra 5 minutes drive over to Queen Pita.

      Queen Pita
      1276 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L1C4, CA

      1. re: millygirl

        True, it's not great. I should have mentioned that. We tried it once, and it's a bit too far to go to again for that quality. I went there when they first opened, so was not sure it that was any indication of how the food always is.

      2. re: foodyDudey

        The place you're referring to is Ali Baba's. A great chain, and they fry the falafel balls to order. At least that's been my experience over the half dozen times I've eaten there.

        1. re: Danforth_Foodie

          I was there a few days after they opened, but didn't order falafel. I know I ordered some dish with chicken on a pita, and they had some two for one deal. All the meat was pre-cooked and sitting in trays, not cut off the rotisserie. It was not very tasty. Maybe I'll try it again some time to see if anything else is better.

          1. re: foodyDudey

            I have eaten at that Ali Baba's location numerous times, as I am a sucker for shawarma, even if its mediocre. I think they do a better job on falafels. The falafels are made to order except on one day of the week (I think monday) when they have a 2 for 1 special.

      3. I have noticed a place on Pape just north of the Danforth right by the subway station, anyone tried this place?

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        1. re: Baelsette

          I had started to go to that location in the summer but it closed for 2 weeks around August and when it re-opened under a new name, the prices jumped about 30 - 40%, so I have not tried the new place yet.

          1. re: foodyDudey

            But how was the food there?

            If it's good quality food I don't begrudge an independent for upping the prices to try and make a living. I can only imagine the costs of rent and overhead not to mention the long hours.

            I have not seen this place but will take a look. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
            I'm all about supporting our local businesses.

            1. re: millygirl

              I have been there a few times in the last couple of years. I didn't realize they had changed owners. But last week I had a shawarma there and I thought it seemed better than usual, if a bit on the small side.

              1. re: haggisdragon

                I was referring to the spot on Pape, just north of Lick's. Is that the place you mean? It was called Champions, and when it re-opened it became "Sultan". I'm just trying to clear up the confusion in case you are referring to Ali Baba's across from Globe Bistro. (that is the place that I found sub-par on my one visit)

                1. re: foodyDudey

                  Yes in the comment that you replied to I was talking about the place on Pape.

                  1. re: haggisdragon

                    That is the new second location of the Sultan at Main and Danforth, where I go. They always fry the falafels to order there, and are quite accommodating with toppings. They make Foul on occasion too. Owners are from Jordan.

        2. I`ll give it a try, will post back! Thanks for the feedback!

          1. Finally was able to get to Sultans at Pape and Danforth. Was really good! They were extremely friendly and gave my daughter who was having a meltdown some delicious toasted pita chips to nibble on. I had a falafel which was made fresh and was spiced beautifully. Lots of great and generous toppings. My husband had a chicken shwarma which he wasn't thrilled with. He said it was ok but certainly not the best he's had. I didn't try it so I can't comment on it.
            I did see them preparing some of the plates (falafel, shwarma.....) and they looked amazing, extremely generous portions)
            Glad to know this place is good, I would definitely return.

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            1. re: Baelsette

              Can you ask your husband what he didn't like about the chicken - was it too dry or some other problem? Just wondering before I order it.

              1. re: foodyDudey

                I think it was the texture, it was fairly mushy (it hadn't sat at all). I think the flavour was good.

                1. re: Baelsette

                  I tried a beef shwarma on pita today and it tasted good, and was $5 including tax.

                  1. re: foodyDudey

                    good to know, I will definitely give the shwarma a try.

              2. re: Baelsette

                Can you tell me where exactly this place is?

                1. re: katbri

                  East side of Pape, just north of the Lick's which is at Danforth and Pape.