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JayDK May 7, 2012 07:35 PM

I'd go out of my way for a good one.
Your thoughts?

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  1. LotusRapper RE: JayDK May 7, 2012 11:02 PM

    Shawarma King, on Univ. Way and ..... NE 50th(?) or thereabouts.

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      GeoKing RE: LotusRapper Jun 21, 2012 08:01 PM

      Second this recommendation.

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      HungWeiLo RE: JayDK May 8, 2012 12:21 AM

      There's a place next to Pan Africa by Pike Place - I think it's also owned by the same people who own Shawarma King on the Ave. Are they still any good? There's Aladdin on the Ave also - not as good as Shawarma King but it's got its fans.

      On the eastside, Garlic Crush and Med Kitchen in Bellevue/Kirkland. Also Gyros 2 Go in the strip mall next to Value Village in Redmond.

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        GreenYoshi RE: HungWeiLo May 8, 2012 09:55 AM

        I'm not a huge fan of Garlic Crush's falafel (love the gyros and meat plate though)

        I'll mention a couple more on the Ave that are worth consideration. Samir's on 43rd (or so) and the Gyro-cery just another block or two down University Way .

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        howard 1st RE: JayDK May 8, 2012 10:22 AM

        the excellent falafel joint that used to be in the macy's garage has moved to pine street between 1st and 2nd avenues - try to convince them to make their wonderful rosewater lemonade. it has been my observation that falafel king (next to the crumpet shoppe) opens many boxes from sysco...

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          firecracker RE: JayDK May 8, 2012 10:51 AM

          Santorini Greek Grill in Kirkland. Their Falafel is terrific as are their gyros.

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            HymanRoth RE: firecracker May 23, 2012 01:54 PM

            Had the falafel here the other day, was dry and tasted like it was defrosted. Gyyros are still good

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              yoyo11 RE: HymanRoth Jun 5, 2012 10:47 AM

              Totally agree on the not-so-great falafel. Plus, the gyro tasted funky too.

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            libstewart RE: JayDK May 8, 2012 12:03 PM

            Hallavafalafel Food Truck in Georgetown.

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              plutch RE: libstewart May 8, 2012 02:46 PM

              This is going to sound weird but............

              Matt's in the Market has a FANTASTIC Falafel in their menu right now.

              Seriously, I have had it 3 times already, very good

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              mrnelso RE: JayDK May 8, 2012 04:57 PM

              Cafe Mawadda, in Columbia City, at 4433 S Graham St (S 46th Ave & S Rainier Ave), has a nice falafel. Not at all the green paste some are, but nearly fluffy and quite good. We'd be there often, but we live in the North end and only rarely get to deepest Rainier.

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                equinoise RE: mrnelso May 9, 2012 02:18 PM

                Second this. Mawadda's owner takes great pride in his falafel and he proclaims them best citywide. They are larger than most others, and some may prefer to mash them before eating.

                Re: Matt's--I recall they served a dish with fava bean falafel as a component that was superb.

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                  Booklegger451 RE: mrnelso Jun 4, 2012 12:54 PM

                  Third this... Mawadda has outstanding ME fare. In addition to outstanding falafel, he also has great shwarma and kufta, and thoroughly addictive sweets (baklava and a shredded stuffed philo dough).

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                    terrier RE: Booklegger451 Jun 4, 2012 11:29 PM

                    I've only had falafel at their West Seattle location, but I was deeply disappointed - they had clearly sat around and were not hot or fluffy.

                    Other stuff there is great though - especially, and unexpectedly, their chai.

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                      dagoose RE: terrier Jun 6, 2012 11:14 AM

                      I had the same experience at the W. Seattle Mawadda. I think the quality of falafel there just isn't up to the south end one.

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                        Booklegger451 RE: terrier Jun 7, 2012 12:15 PM

                        I wasn't even aware there WAS a west Seattle instance. The south-end location is consistently great.

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                          equinoise RE: Booklegger451 Jun 18, 2012 11:21 AM

                          I have not visited the W. Seattle locale, but have heard reports of relative dissapointment compared to the Graham St. location. I have never had un-fresh falafel in the south end.

                          This is pure speculation, but perhaps the owner himself maybe the only person with a solid handle on QC, just based on some interactions I have seen with him and staff before. If he is shuttling between locations or absent from W. Seattle, it could explain the reported issues there.

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                            dagoose RE: equinoise Jun 18, 2012 06:26 PM

                            My understanding was the most of the running of the W. Seattle spot was by a brother? or similar. But yes, the original guy must be the key to quality...

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                    sweetpotater RE: JayDK May 9, 2012 07:35 PM

                    Of these recommendations, which have the nearly-salad-bar-sized variety of pickly, garlicky, and saucy accoutrements that I miss so much from Amsterdam Falafel and real kosher places back in DC?

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                      terrier RE: sweetpotater May 9, 2012 10:14 PM

                      Halava comes closest, just be sure to specify exactly what you want on yours (I take pickles, harissa, and tahini) lest you end up with their default gloppy mess.

                      Also, every place in town here serves falafel that have been out of the fryer for more than 60 seconds - in most cases, they sit in a steam table for minutes or hours. This is a cardinal sin!

                      I really wish someone would open a Maoz franchise here. I imagine it'd do really well in Capitol Hill.

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                        sweetpotater RE: terrier May 10, 2012 03:42 PM

                        OMG I love Maoz. I vote for Queen Anne :)

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                          mrnelso RE: sweetpotater May 13, 2012 08:32 PM

                          Fremont

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                        christy319 RE: sweetpotater May 20, 2012 06:44 PM

                        I've never seen that salad bar type thing anywhere but Amsterdam in DC--nowhere in NYC or LA, and not even really at the famous places in Paris (though they do generally offer a good variety of toppings). I'd love it if we had a place like that here minus the awful attitude and ridiculous no plate rules.

                        The new Lebanese place, Cafe Munir, is supposed to have good falafel, though the time I went for dinner it wasn't on the menu that day. They have a lot of interesting dishes you don't see in Seattle so I bet they do authenitc falafel (not sure if that means tons of toppings, though).

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                          sweetpotater RE: christy319 May 20, 2012 08:04 PM

                          They have it at Max's Kosher in Wheaton, Md., and at the Maoz chain. Also this other place in DC, not far from Amsterdam, though they put the stuff on from the other side.

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                          kaplaba RE: sweetpotater May 21, 2012 09:30 AM

                          The closest I have found to the Israeli style falafel with the pickles/salad is http://www.twochef.com/Falafelking.html at the fremont sunday market. They even have Skhug.

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                            terrier RE: kaplaba May 22, 2012 07:37 AM

                            Skhug - you said the magic word. I'm there.

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                              foodnstats RE: terrier Jun 16, 2012 05:15 PM

                              Second (clearly I'm late to the game on this). And thankfully tomorrow is Sunday. Will try out and report.
                              I have been in search of good falafel on the west coast and have had a hard time finding anything remotely approaching east coast, european or Israeli standards.

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                          PeteSeattle RE: JayDK Jun 5, 2012 02:05 PM

                          Hard to know what you want, and what you mean. Israeli felafel is a little different from Arabic falafal, and there are various recipes including how much fava bean and how much chickpea to include. (The ones talking about green falafal mean those with fava beans)
                          I can recommend the Omani cafe just south of 85th and Greenwood because there, the falafal comes straight out of the fryer. Which isn't hard to do: a restaurant should store the batter, and fry it up to order. Falafal loses it's flavor within seconds after being fried.

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                            JayDK RE: PeteSeattle Jun 20, 2012 01:07 PM

                            tried to google Omani Cafe in Seattle and nothing came up.
                            details?

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                              PeteSeattle RE: JayDK Jun 21, 2012 11:55 AM

                              85th and Greenwood. One half a block south on Greenwood on the West side of Greenwood. They're still there, still in business. Drove by it last night.

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                                Brunhilde RE: PeteSeattle Jun 21, 2012 02:32 PM

                                Isn't that Mr. Gyros?

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                                  PeteSeattle RE: Brunhilde Jun 22, 2012 11:23 AM

                                  Correct. Mr. Gyros is an Omani-owned, Omani-staffed, and Omani-decorated facility. The posters on the wall are Omani. (I had forgotten the name)

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                            JayDK RE: JayDK Nov 3, 2012 01:27 PM

                            Any new news on falafel in Seattle?

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                              dagoose RE: JayDK Nov 3, 2012 09:33 PM

                              I've really been enjoying the Egyptian-style falafel at a small mom and pop place at the corner of 85th and Greenwood (aka Little Middle East) called Hummus Cafe.

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