Best Falafel - 2008
Al's Quick Stop
Hidden at the back of a convenience store is a food counter that turns out some mean Middle Eastern food and the best falafel in the city. Tiny pucks of bright green masa are hand-formed and flattened on each side until they're the size of a half dollar. Then they're fried to a dark-brown, until the exterior is as crisp as it can be and the interior remains soft, placed inside some pita bread and covered in a thick tahini sauce. Al's falafel contains nothing but simple ingredients — ground chickpeas, parsley and spices — but together they form a typical dish that goes back to Egyptian times.