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Dec 5, 2011 01:11 PM

Why is Moody's Falafel palace boarded up?

I drove by Moody's Falafel Palace last weekend and there was newspaper covering the windows? What is going on? Remodeling I hope. If I have to go back to HiFi pizza in Central for late late night eats I will be unhappy

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  1. The last sandwich I had from there gave me a mouthful of grit and dirt on the first bite. I assume it was from unwashed lettuce. Before this it was in the regular quick dinner rotation but we are taking time off. It is also annoying that they usually claim to be out of kebabs at night, pushing the shwarma instead.

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    1. re: Gabatta

      Yes, I think it is has been up and down over the years & definitely better than when the actual Moody was running it. I wonder if they are remodeling or had a fire or something because all the windows are covered in newspaper. In the past year I have been given chicken sandwiches when I ordered a falafel & I am a vegetarian! Now, I just go to Sepals in the Galleria Mall.

    2. I drove by on Friday and Saturday nights, and Moody's is open. It looks like they remodeled.

      Moody's Falafel Palace
      25 Central Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

      1. I ate there last week. Everyone who walked in remarked about the completely new layout (well, not completely. The counter along the wall is still there, but the drinks case is gone). Food is the same, and the space is a bit nicer now too...

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        1. re: downtownblue

          Went in last night, first time in a while but not the first time since the remodeling. Either the normal workers are on vacation or something drastic has changed.

          I noted that my kofta rollup tasted oddly "mexican", which seemed to be the general consensus about all of our stuff. The rollups weren't constructed remotely the same, the hummus was completely different, and they no longer grill the rollups before giving them to you.

          Someone pointed out later that the workers were all hispanic this time, which was never the case before. That could explain the "mexican" flavors. It all was actually pretty tasty, just not remotely the same.

          I also noticed that now they have theme rollups as well. The only name I remember was the "King Aleppo" (as I joked that it is unlikely to actually contain Aleppos).

          Edit: I noticed that one of the more recent Yelp reviews mentioned a new owner. That could explain it.

          1. re: jgg13

            I went last night. The music was Hispanic and the workers were all speaking in Spanish. That was definitely odd.

            However, the falafel sandwich (now served with hummus, tahini, and lettuce/onion/tomato for $4.99) was rather good. There was no "mexican" flavors in there and was better than a good amount of the falafel I've had around town made by Middle Easterners.

            True, they didn't grill/press the roll up before they handed to me, but they were the only ones who did that.

            On the plus side, they not only foil wrapped the roll up, but they put it in a small plastic bag which was convenient to eat on the go such that there weren't tahini drippings hitting the pants or shoes from leaks.


            1. re: yarm

              THanks, yarm. Sounds like I should stop by soon!

              FYI, 90% of line cooks these days are of Latin origin, so what you noticed is not all that odd. My FAVORITE falafel place on the East Coast, Taim in the NYC West Village, is owned by an Israeli woman, but all the cooks are Spanish speaking.

              1. re: yarm

                I'd say that perhaps I was just being racist and applying a bias based on the workers but I had already commented about the "mexican schwarma" before it was even pointed out to me :)

                As I said, I actually liked the flavor combo, so I'd be somewhat sad if that was a temporary glitch in the matrix.

                You're right that the bag was a nice addition.

                1. re: jgg13

                  Longtime fan, mixed feelings about the new regime. I don't like the falafel anymore, mushy and bland (but great hot sauce). But I am now really digging the shwarma. My new fave is the "Mister Aleppo," with lamb shwarma, baba ganouj, and spicy foul. The new place is not the old place but, after adjustment, I like it.

                  1. re: jajjguy

                    Inspired by the resurgence of this thread I had another one last night. I had the "beef schwarma" (don't think I've ever seen that as an option anywhere). No "mexican" flavors although the hummus still had an odd, overly thick feel to it.

                    You're not kidding about the hot sauce, on a lark I asked them to throw in extra. Not only did it taste good but it actually had some kick.

                    I almost got the Mr Aleppo but I just can't bring myself to ask for something so silly.

                    1. re: jgg13

                      Garlic N Lemons offers two kinds of beef shawarma, regular and spicy. The spicy is roughly akin to kofte.

                      Amusingly, I've read a couple of articles claiming that shawarma sales are skyrocketing across the country due to Robert Downey Jr's ad-libbed line near the end of The Avengers, not to mention the final shot of the movie.

                      1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                        I haven't seen the Avengers, but now that you mention it I've come across the word shawarma in a lot of random places lately. This has been going on for a while now so if true I'd imagine that the Avengers thing is more another example of and not the root cause, but either way interesting.

                2. re: yarm

                  The not grilling the roll ups is a big plus with me. Limp warm lettuce is a big turnoff for me. But I think shredded red cabbage and turnip pickles should be required by law on all falafel sandwiches.

                  1. re: yarm

                    Popped in tonight. Yet another case of "no mexican flavors". Had the "mr aleppo".

                    1) It was pretty tasty
                    2) It was 2x the cost of the stuff the old place charged
                    3) There were no aleppos in it
                    4) There was no structural integrity, it fell apart quickly

                    Outside of #1, it was not such a good thing.

                    1. re: jgg13

                      I was thinking on #4 this morning and the problem is that they're (I think) using a smaller radius but thicker pita. the problem is that while it looks more tasty - nice thick pita, yummy bits sticking out of it - it barely wraps up on itself and as they tend to make their stuff more "saucy" it all just falls apart.

                      1. re: jgg13

                        The food is not 2x the cost. Looking back at a menu from 2009 I found online, the falafel sandwich was $4.25. The current falafel sandwich is $4.99 and it comes with hummus; at the old place, the addition of hummus would have run you an extra buck so it would be $5.25.

                        Yes, it's more expensive than it used to be. Back in 1995, the lentil soup was $1. But the price jump before and after the renovation doesn't seem like much.