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Mar 12, 2013 10:56 AM

The Best Falafal in Boston

There is a new king of falafals in Boston, and it not the Falafal King, the new champ in my mind is Pita Thyme a new opening in PO sq on the corner of Batterymarch and Liberty. I've been a long-time fan of the Falafal king, and their new location on Winter St is every bit as good as the old seedy Downtown Crossing location, so this is not a knock on the FK. I just enjoyed my 4th Falafal from Pita Thyme in about two weeks, I wanted to test their ability to consistently deliver before posting. The Falafals are made from all fresh ingredients and fresh herbs so they are more greenish in color than the traditional light brown one's often made from dry ingredients (you can see them being made almost to order during lunchtime) . Complementing the extremely fresh and flavorful falafal, are two types of pickels, one of which is purple that it seems to me that they may pickle themsleves, they also add some nice spicy banana peppers to give it a little extra bite, it also has the traditional lettuce, tomatoe and some fresh herbs, I think mostly parsely. Not only is it the tastiest Falafal, it is also the neatest to eat, they have a unique construction process that results in a nice tightly-rolled wrap, even when adding in the tahini and extra hot sauce, it still holds its form. It is a husband wife team running the operation and they are always there overseing quality control. Definitely worth checking out!

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  1. I'm always on the lookout for a good falafel.....thanks for the review! Are the purple pickles the classic pickled turnips, or do you think it's something else?

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    1. re: Science Chick

      they were not cucumber-based pickles, though those were in it too, they may have been turnip but I was uncertain as they are a bit softer than I'd expect for that, deliscious nonetheless

      1. re: DemBellyFull

        Purple top turnips pickled with beets.

    2. Although I have not yet had Pita Thyme, Falafel King is not even in the same zip code as Amsterdam Falafel (Davis). Time for a Falafel challenge!

      Can't wait to check it out.

      1. Thanks for the tip. Falafel is one of my favorite things of all time, so I'll be checking that out soon. My top list does not include Falafel King and goes something like: Fordees, Boston Kebab Co., Sepal, Rami's, Amsterdam.

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        1. re: deglazer

          I've had 2 of the 5 you listed, I'm petty sure you'll be pleased w/ this, I am a fanatic about Falafal's and Reubens, both of which are hard to find a good one, more often than not I am disappointed w/ the result

              1. re: DemBellyFull

                I have not yet tried Boston Kebab House in downtown Boston, but Boston Kabob Company in Allston is going to be hard to beat.

                1. re: Allstonian

                  I was referring to the Boston one, that is not a high hurdle to beat, l'll have to try the Allston one, curious how Pita Thyme compare if you end up trying it

                  1. re: DemBellyFull

                    I suspected that might be the case. I'm pretty sure that deglazer is referring to the Allston place, which is not related to the Boston one - different names, different spellings (Kebab vs. Kabob.) The Allston one has superb falafel, even better than Fordee's, which had been my previous favorite.

                    1. re: Allstonian

                      Indeed, the Allston one, which is my favorite (and which I probably followed your rec. on!)

          1. re: deglazer

            I really want to get to Sepal after seeing it numerous times on TV as superbly delicious. how to get there from BC though? any suggestions-bus?

          2. I say Falafel you say Falafal...

            1. Spinach falafel at Oleana. Melts in your mouth!

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              1. re: thefoodster

                oh yes, that spinach falafel is amazing.