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Victor's Falafel, Natick- the real deal

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  • ts44 Jul 25, 2012 02:00 PM
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This little shop is on Rt.9 Westbound, just past the Oak Street intersection with flags from Armenia, Lebanon and the US above the door. I have driven by for a while and today finally I stopped in.

Per the owner's recommendation, I ordered a "Gyro Makanek Beef and Lamb with Vegetables" wrap. It's the real deal. Well spiced, flavorful and large enough to be quite filling. The meat was a combination of Armenian Soujoukh- a type of sausage as well as lamb. But the key for me was the pickles he used, not just a regular dill pickle, but fine, narrow pickled cucumbers. The fresh vegetables were also well balanced, as he added fresh mint to the tomatoes and onions.

It's the real deal as in I could have been in Beirut, Montreal or Detroit where such a sandwich is expected (I've found the other bakeries in Watertown are totally sub-par to these cities.) To find this quality in Natick was a great surprise.

While waiting for my sandwich, the owner chatted about his past as a cook in Lebanon, and his family's bakery and distribution business. He didn't have to impress me with his story, or tell me there are usually lines for his sandwiches.... He should have just served me my sandwich and that spoke quite loudly on its own right.

Oh, and get the mint flavored Tahn (yogurt drink) it is amazing too.

Victor's Falafel Wraps 223 Worcester St Natick, MA 01760

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  1. Wow, this place has a remarkable number of 1-star reviews on Yelp.

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    1. re: Luther

      And, at one time wasn't written too favorably on this board. I had an experience similar ti ts44 a few months ago.

      1. re: trufflehound

        Yes, from that review I just remember sweat and anger. I may "take one for the team" and try it - I'm a big soujoukh fan (great with eggs).

      2. re: Luther

        Many of the yelpers are upset more about the lack of customer service than the food. I went at 2pm and I was the only customer so I had the owner's full attention and full service.
        Also, I personally don't love fallafel- another complaint on yelp- as I find it generally too dry. He explained his recipe was oven-baked instead of fried which makes them even more dry.
        Go for the gyro sandwich with soujoukh, it is amazing.

        1. re: ts44

          I live in the area and drive by this place almost daily. Never seen anyone in there. In fact, shortly after it opened, it closed for a long time before re-opening again. I remain skeptical. Is there a website? What are the hours?