Donut-Shaped Falafels

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

This may look like a miniature sesame seed bagel, or a tiny cake donut, but in fact it’s a Falafel Frenzy falafel. The odd little Mediterranean restaurant is located at 914 Prairie Street in what used to be a bar. There are still some liquor bottles lining the back wall. I don’t know if you can get a drink there, but they are turning out some of the city’s tastiest falafels.

So what’s with the hole?

Falafels are made by packing the falafel mixture into a mold and then dropping the compressed patties into hot oil. At Falafel Frenzy, they use a mold with a post in the center that creates the hole. If you have ever had a falafel that tasted too mealy in the middle, you can appreciate the concept. The hole exposes more of the falafel batter to the hot oil and results in a crispier, crunchier falafel -- the same way that the hole in the middle makes for a crustier bagel.

Donut-shaped falafels are new to Houston but are old hat in the Middle East and much of the rest of the U.S. Some people refer to the donut shaped version as a Syrian-style falafel.

A month ago, we debated where to find Houston’s best falafels on this blog. But now I am afraid we have to reconsider, since a new contender has entered the ring. -- Robb Walsh

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.