Food Porn: Falafel Bar

UPDATE: Since this article was posted, the Allentown location has closed.  Falafel Bar still has their Sheridan location open in Amherst.

We have already posted a Food Porn of Falafel Bar, but lets be honest.  The trip consisted of just Chicken Souvaki, nothing too crazy.  I mean, that is the safest option you can get at a Greek restaurant.  I decided I wanted to get a “real” Greek experience, and who else better to help me then my best friend Mike (not Greek but Lebanese, close cuisine wise).  So we went to the restaurant last week with a $25 gift card but the catch was we had to spend $50.  So we went all out.

I basically gave Mike all of the control of the meal and let him order away.  We ended up with an insane amount of food, and we actually started getting looks from some of the other people in the restaurant thinking we had some type of condition.

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We started the meal with a the Traditional Maza (Traditional Mediterranean salads and starters) platter, ours had:

A feast of traditional starters: hummus, baba ganoush, tabouli, grape leaves, lebaneh, with fried eggplant, turkish eggplant salad, and homemade pickled vegetables…16.99

All served with pita that is dipped into the various sides, we actually also paid an extra 5 dollars to include Tzatziki (Yogurt and cucumbers sauce) for our dipping sauces.  My personal favorite was the lebaneh which can best be described as sour cream combined with olive oil.  Tasted amazing.  We followed that up with 3 different dishes:

Lamb Hummus:

Hummus with sauteed seasoned ground lamb, onion and tomato, finished with tahini and pine nuts

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Kufta Kabob Lamb:

Seasoned ground lamb patties with parsley, garlic, onion and lemon and a side of greek potatoes.

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Lebanese Style Wrap:

Falafel, tabouli and tomato with tahini

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For me, I realized that I like a lot of Mediterranean tastes (totally loved lamb, who knew?) and I definitely don’t like some of the flavors (tabouli, thanks but no thanks).  I can’t wait to go back and try one of these dishes head on, without having to worry about staying hungry so that we didn’t throw out pounds of food.

We actually did finish a good amount of it, considering that Mike couldn’t eat meat so all of the lamb dishes were all me.  Even for all of that the total was only 53 dollars, not bad considering that we had a table covered in food.  If you’re not use to eating this kind of food, Falafel Bar is a good place to start.  If you grew up on this food, you’re not going to be impressed.

In fact, please read Mike’s review of Falafel Bar:

Mike’s Review: Eh.

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One thought on “Food Porn: Falafel Bar

  1. Miskal

    I was in Allentown the other day and had remembered that the Falafel Bar moved to Allen. I was pleased since I am trapped in the Southtowns….which is really a rather boring place to be for a self-proclaimed foodie. Now it is only about 20 minutes away.

    I have had a falafel there before when they were up on Elmwood but I wanted to delve in further, so I too chose the Maza. I was looking to try a variety of things. This was really good. But I discovered that after driving back home there was no Tabouli (which was to be a part of the Maza), which I was really interested in trying. A forgivable faux-pas on their part.

    I am a fan of the falafel as well and ordered the falafel appetizer with Tzatziki (love this stuff) in addition to the Maza.

    All was good and no complaints other than the missing tabouli. There was a great amount of pita’s provided as well. I had company and it fed three of us with tons of left overs to nosh on the next two days. I feel it provided lots of choice and worth the price. I am a vegetarian so this was right up my alley.

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