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Flying Falafel Touches Down on Market 

Wednesday, Feb 18 2015
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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 it really knows how to pack it in a pita for under 10 shekels.

Flying Falafel is a tiny food stand, painted in the yellow-and-blue color scheme of a caped superhero who fights for justice and extra dolmas. 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.

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, 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 the one flicking the falafel balls off the spatula with a smile.

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 the Intel HQ and some farmers markets, making great strides towards restoring cheap, delicious lunch to its rightful place.

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