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Jun 5, 2012 06:34 PM

JOE'S FALAFEL freshly baked lafa Studio City

When my son and I decide to get out of Sunland-Tujunga
to grab a bite it is usually late at night,
but this time it was before 10
so we drove into the Valley to JOE'S FALAFEL
a new place across from the Nissan dealer
by the Hollywood Fwy bet Lankershim & Barham.
What is extra special at JOE'S FALAFEL,
besides all the great Mediterranean fresh foods,
is the special freshly baked pita called LAFA.
Made right before your eyes. SO GOOD.
Joe also brought us each a falafel on a toothpick
piping hot so wonderful crispy and fluffy.
We had falafel sandwiches and split a beef kafta.
Everything was so fresh and delicious.
Of course we will be back to JOE'S FALAFEL again and again !

Thank You

3535 Cahuenga Bl W
Studio City

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    1. I was in Universal and stumbled upon this place in yelp. 76 5* reviews is hard to ignore.

      They do have a machine which they use to make fresh lafa bread for their sandwiches - I will have to try this next time.

      We got our usual middle east feast - combo grill + vegi combo. Gives us a sample of everything...and everything was great.

      stuffed grape leaves - best i've had, not as pungent as others (may be good, may be bad, you can decide).
      falafel - very crunchy, airy interior.

      combo grill - chicken/kefta very well seasoned, shish actually underseasoned in comparison. Great rice and they have HOT SAUCE. Garlic sauce not as good as Zankou, not as spicy as Skaf's.

      Overall good place/value and will come back.

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        1. re: SIMIHOUND

          this is the middle eastern place that i've been to where i finished the rice. hot sauce makes it a winner.

          the orange rice actually reminds me of the NYC halal cart.

        2. re: ns1

          Gotta go to have the knafe if this is anywhere even close to being as good as it looks.

              1. re: Servorg

                I've only had knafeh from one restaurant, so I have no basis for comparison, but I love Carnival's version.

                4356 Woodman Avenue
                Sherman Oaks CA 91423

          1. re: ns1

            Is their pita bread homemade as well? The laffa sandwiches tend to be big for me. I like pillowy fluffy pita like they have at Papa Cristos and am always looking for new places that make it in-house.
            Thank you!

            1. re: bruinike

              Dunno. Feels soft and pillowy. Comes out in white paper wrapper, not prelabeled plastic bag for what it's worth.

          2. This is great to hear.

            Several years ago there was a thread on Chowhound (I believe? Maybe LA Weekly) lamenting the lack of freshly made pita in our city. This is certainly welcome news.

            Sure, we've got places serving stellar felafel, but it just knocks it down a few pegs when it's served on pita from a plastic bag (even if it is warmed up a bit on the grill before serving).

            For what it's worth, I do like the freshly made sangak at Kebab Mehaleh on Pico. Even the stuff in the plastic bags they sell at the adjacent "marts" seem fresher than the flat loaves (by whatever name they're called) that you generally find at places like Jon's.

            Mr Taster

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            1. re: Mr Taster

              the pita bread here was exceptionally soft and pillowy, and served in a paper wrapper and not a plastic bag.

              1. re: ns1

                I didn't mean that it was served in a plastic bag. What I meant was that prefab pita is pulled out of a plastic bag from the supermarket (as opposed to being freshly made).

                Mr Taster

                1. re: Mr Taster

                  I know what you meant - I usually get the whole bag when I do if they just went to the store to buy a bag of pita for me.

            2. I just returned from a dinner at Joe's, had to give it a try from the recommendations on here. As I walked in the owner greets you with a warm welcome and asked if it was my first time, I replied with a yes and he cooked me up 1 falafal to try, very tasty and will order that in the future. I'm a fan of gyro meet or beef shawarma so I went for the plate of that with a side of the homemade Lafa bread. This came with a nice mediterranean salad, hummus and rice. The food was wonderful and I shall return. In small talk I mentioned all the great reviews here on Chowhound and as I said this, another fellow chowhounder was finishing her meal too and commented she was there from these chowhound reviews, beautiful woman too if she happens to read this ;.) Here's some photos I took, give it a try...

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              1. re: Hypnotic23

                I actually also went back yesterday for the lafa bread and it is indeed splendid.

                the chicken shawarma lafa sandwich was awesome. the kefta was good but the wrap was far too big for the kefta, so it was not as balanced as the chicken.

                fried cauliflower was definitely not worth $6. it was literally a cauliflower head cut up and then thrown in a deep fryer, served with tahini. no batter or anything.

                1. re: Hypnotic23

                  Stuart - is Joe's in the space that was formerly Quizno's, or just another spot in that same mini-mall?

                  1. re: carter

                    Hi Carter, how have you been? It is in a mini strip mall, directly across the street from a Nissan Dealership. I don't recall if I saw Quizno's or not. This is an Arabic influenced Middle Eastern Restaurant. While the food is good here, my first stop will still be Pita Kitchen on Van Nuys & Ventura Blvd.

                    1. re: Hypnotic23

                      What does pita kitchen do well?

                      1. re: ns1

                        Pita Kitchen is just a well known go to spot for Israeli's style food. I personally love the meats carved from the spit, either Chicken or Lamb/Beef together, try their combo plates, you'll really be glad I suggested this spot.

                2. Based on the OP's review, I tried Joe's a week or so ago.

                  Since I love falafel, and since the name of the resto is "Joe's FALAFEL", I of course ordered a falafel sandwich.

                  I have tried many, many falafels over the years, and I must say, this is the BEST I have ever had!!!!

                  From the warm, fresh, yeasty and soft lafa bread that it came wrapped in, to the veggies used (VERY fresh and crunchy), to the falafel balls (perfectly fried, crunchy, and seasoned just right...none of that funky saffron, cinnamon or other weird spices that some places use in their falafels), to the tasty hummus and tahini used to sauce the sandwich, the combination of all these wonderful ingredients combined to make Joe's falafel practically a life-changing experience!!!!

                  Since this is near my office, I plan to return many, many times. Do yourself a favor and check them out for yourself.

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                  1. re: GK in SO

                    I will only say that I still prefer Hayat's falafels down the street.

                    but in terms of sandwiches, I bet the pita/lafa puts Joe's sandwich over the top.