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.
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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.
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