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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Flying Falafel Vanquishes Hunger Pangs and Other Foes

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 7:50 AM

click to enlarge The portions are big, and hot damn, those pitas are outstanding. - PETE KANE
  • Pete Kane
  • The portions are big, and hot damn, those pitas are outstanding.

Honestly, is there anything better than getting a large quantity of food for cheap? Like the Halal Cart a few blocks away, the Flying Falafel is serving inexpensive Middle Eastern food on Market Street, except they really know how to pack it in a pita for under ten shekels.

Painted in the color scheme of a yellow-and-blue of a caped superhero who fights for justice and extra dolmas, Flying Falafel is a tiny food stand. There are no seats, although you have the option of leaning over a wooden ledge outside, depending on your desire to eat on a scuzzy block or carry your food away in some flimsy wrapping.

click to enlarge This is the $5, half-size "Snacker." - PETE KANE
  • Pete Kane
  • This is the $5, half-size "Snacker."

Whatever you do, you won’t be disappointed, because what this place lacks in variety it makes up for in quantity; even the half-sized “Snacker” is surprisingly filling. The “Plate Me” in a compostable clamshell, is a genuinely massive meal for $7.50 and unlike burritos of that size and price point, didn’t render me comatose. The falafel is crispy enough to withstand the sauce, the pitas are hot and pillowy, everything’s layered well so there isn’t a dreaded “zone” of tahini sauce, and owner Assaf Pashut will likely be flicking the falafel balls off the spatula with a smile.

click to enlarge PETE KANE
  • Pete Kane
FF has replaced 3 Potato 4, which sold really tasty French fries until they lost their lease. If, like me, your 3 Potato 4 card was only a couple of punches away from some free crinkle-cuts with Chinese firecracker sauce, do be apprised that the 2800 Leavenworth location is still kicking. In addition to this brick-and-mortar, there also is a South Bay truck that alternates between Intel HQ and some farmers markets, making great strides towards restoring cheap, delicious lunch to its rightful place.

Flying Falafel, 1051 Market, 964-1003.

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