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Falafel in Calgary

VitalForce May 13, 2013 03:31 PM

Any tips out there for really good falafel in Calgary?

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    Beachy1 May 13, 2013 04:22 PM

    I like the Falafel King and Jimmy's A&A.

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    1. re: Beachy1
      maplesugar May 17, 2013 05:19 PM

      2nd the rec for Jimmy's A&A Deli-it's messy goodness :)

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      josey124 May 14, 2013 06:39 AM

      I like Chickpea's! They are on 8th Ave between 7th St & 6th St.

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        Shazam May 14, 2013 10:01 AM

        Cedar's for a quick trip.

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          VitalForce May 14, 2013 05:12 PM

          Thanks for the various suggestions. I was in the area so went for a falafel at Chickpeas for lunch. They have quite the assembly line operation. It was pretty good, with nice add-ons. But, perhaps because they were so busy, the patties were pre-fried, some toppings were cold, and the pita wasn't warmed up that much. It was generally luke-warm all through. They briefly put the finished sandwich in a hot press, whereas I find throwing the pita on the grill for a few seconds before assembly can be a good way to go. But it was generally pretty decent, and they've certainly got a good lunchtime business going there.

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          1. re: VitalForce
            josey124 May 15, 2013 06:11 AM

            I didn't think of that. I usually get the falafel (or beef) salad so it's a cold dish anyways.

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            miss.foodie May 15, 2013 06:44 AM

            Lately, I've been liking the ones from Mazaj on 7th Ave SW between 1st and 2nd St (across from Scotia Centre) and a couple of doors down from the Calgary Transit office. I also liked their hummus.

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              VitalForce May 19, 2013 06:04 AM

              Thanks, have to try out some of these other falafel places. A couple of months ago in another city I had two excellent falafels from different restaurants. At both, the patties were fried to order. Apart from good toppings and assembly, frying the patties to order does seem to be very important, with superior results to having them pre-made and sitting under heat lamps. I don’t mind standing around for a few minutes while they fry. One of the places also had interesting varietal patties with toppings to match. Salma Hage’s recent book “The Lebanese Kitchen” has 7 different varieties of falafel patties. So things are moving along in the falafel world.

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