Ode to the Falafel

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  1. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    I always hear about falafels, but I've never had them.
     


  2. gdl203

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    greg, you haven't been to the right gyros places.
    No I have. I'm just saying they're getting very rare now, especially here in NYC
     


  3. romafan

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    Yeah, but the overall cost is still very low, making the percentages irrelevant to me. An extra 1.50 for lamb instead of deep fried beans seemed like a pretty good deal to me.

    I don't think you get falafel.....[​IMG]
     


  4. globetrotter

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    No I have. I'm just saying they're getting very rare now, especially here in NYC

    I see. chicago has some good gyros. not real greek, but an acceptable alternative.
     


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    I see. chicago has some good gyros. not real greek, but an acceptable alternative.
    As you know, there are literally hundreds of carts and gyros places in Manhattan. They pretty much ALL serve this crap. I've seen them set them up many many times and it looks gross. Obviously with a lot of flame it looks like the real thing (i.e. like grilled meat)

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    http://parthenonfoods.com/gyro-meat-...b3e68229214372

    Low pieces of beef and lamb, some bread crumbs, all this mixed with tons of seasoning and frozen in the shape of a real gyros (stacked sliced meat). All this for a final price of around $4/lb. ugh
     


  6. globetrotter

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    As you know, there are literally hundreds of carts and gyros places in Manhattan. They pretty much ALL serve this crap. I've seen them set them up many many times and it looks gross. Obviously with a lot of flame it looks like the real thing (i.e. like grilled meat)

    [​IMG]
    http://parthenonfoods.com/gyro-meat-...b3e68229214372

    Low pieces of beef and lamb, some bread crumbs, all this mixed with tons of seasoning and frozen in the shape of a real gyros (stacked sliced meat). All this for a final price of around $4/lb. ugh


    yeah, this is one of those things that people in chicago take really seriously. there are a number of places that serve really good gyros here. nw, swarma is hard to find good, but I know a dozen good gyro places within a 15 minute drive of my apartment.


    but, you also have to consider an american gyro, a greek gyro, swarma, pastor, donner and iskander are all different and acceptable foods.
     


  7. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    Amsterdam Falafel in DC. Went for the first time a few weeks back, and now I can't get it out of my head.

    b


    Bob,
    Whereabouts in DC? I'll be back there in a couple of weeks, might need a good lunch. Thanks
     


  8. constantine.

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    Amersterdam Falafel is in Adams Morgan on 18th street. Their topings are NEXT LEVEL.
     


  9. constantine.

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    also has anyone found a Doner Kebab in the States? I only see them when I'm in Germany....
     


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    Amersterdam Falafel is in Adams Morgan on 18th street. Their topings are NEXT LEVEL.

    gracias
     


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    also has anyone found a Doner Kebab in the States? I only see them when I'm in Germany....

    Moby Dick's House of Kebab in the DC area (They have locations in Georgetown and Bethesda) has a pretty good Doner kebab, there's also this place out by Crystal City called "The Kebab Palace" IIRC that's pretty good. I tend to rate kebab places by the number of taxis parked nearby, the greater the density of cabs, the better the kebab tends to be. [​IMG]

    As to falafel, there is a little place about 2 blocks from Yale's campus in New Haven that I remember from visiting friends in college. I wonder if it's still there...
     


  12. nomad

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    In Vancouver my favourite is Falafully Good on 16th and Oak.
     


  13. kwilkinson

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    Gyros are pretty disgusting at most places though. They buy those pre-made cone-shaped masses of meat, frozen, ready to turn. I've seen them switch the gyro and it's not pretty - kinda like a giant frozen sausage. At the good places, they are made by stacking slices of meat on that rotisserie stake, but I rarely these any more
    +1 all the way. We've made gyros in school before. It's incredible the difference in quality and taste between freshly made gyro meat and those cones.
    greg, you haven't been to the right gyros places.

    I see. chicago has some good gyros. not real greek, but an acceptable alternative.

    STEVE'S PLACE!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


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    I don't think you get falafel.....[​IMG]

    Like I said, I only got falafel once. So. . . I don't get falafel anymore.
     


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    Bob,
    Whereabouts in DC? I'll be back there in a couple of weeks, might need a good lunch. Thanks


    Buy a shirt while you're there. Then people will think you actually went to Amsterdam. [​IMG]

    b
     


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