Is Some of the Best Falafel Ever Worth Not Being Kissed? Of Course!
It was finally a less sweltering day, so lunch at Love Park was perfect. But where to eat? Right on the corner was the self-proclaimed King of Falafel. Although after experiencing what the King is capable of, I might proclaim him that as well.
The tiny cart serves vegetarian and meat sandwiches, platters, and sides. You know what to expect- gyro, hummus, falafel… all that jazz, except done right.
I liked watching the cart guy smash the falafel balls into the pita- was it the King himself? A falafel sandwich is about $4, an insane deal, but I had to go for the full platter. I wanted to try as much as possible.
For $7 I received, 3 rocky mountain oyster sized falafel, hummus, baba ghanoush, salad, tabbouleh, and pita. The whole platter was sprinkled with a red spice- paprika, perhaps?
The pita was not the usual fluffy pocket, it was completely flat. That and the side of salad didn’t do much for me.
But the hummus tasted pretty much like how the ideal hummus in your mind tastes. While the baba ghanoush had an amazing flavor, it was as creamy as the hummus. I prefer mine more lumpy. My lumps, my lumps, my lovely baba lumps…
I always love tabbouleh; the combo of parsely, tomato, and lemon juice is perfect to eat outdoors on a summer day. Like the hummus, it represented the ideal, basic tabbouleh. I was happy it was included in the platter.
I don’t know why, but I was doubting the King’s falafel at first. That was stupid of me. I might go so far as to say this was the fluffiest most perfect falafel I have ever had. I have had my fair share of falafel, and with my Jewish street cred- this is saying a lot. How does the King get the outside so crisp while keeping the entirety of the innards so cloudlike? It was even seasoned perfectly; herbacious and a teeny bit spicey.
Here is the one drawback to the platter- my breath smelled unbelievably bad. This may have been some of the best falafel I have ever had, but this was also the worst breath I have ever had. (A special shout out to Alexis and J.P. for still hanging out with me in spite of the stinky!) I couldn’t quite pin down which component caused the offensive odors, maybe the baba? Either way, pack some gum or risk sitting alone.
THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)
- Fluffliest, and perhaps best falafel ever!!!!
- They serve the perfect no-frills hummus
- I like my baba smooth
- Cheap sandwiches are a no-brainer lunch to take back to the office or eat outside in the park
THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)
- Wow, my breath is absolutely repulsive
- I prefer fluffy pita
- I like my baba to have some texture
King of Falafel, 16th and JFK