Finding good falafel in the States is often an epic challenge. In some cities, there are no options at all. In other cities, such as Chicago, falafel can be mediocre at best. But at Falafill in Lakeview, Chef Maher Chebaro has risen to the falafel challenge, proving to all that there is more to making falafel than simply frying up a ball of ground chick peas. At Falafill, every falafel is made to order, resulting in a patty of perfectly crisp, deep fried outside surrounding a beautifully spiced made from scratch ground chickpea inside. Taking a bite of this falafel brought me back to Jerusalem’s Moshiko and to falafel shops in the streets of Petra. It was that good. The hubby thought it was some of the best falafel he’s ever had in the States.
The deep fried goodness of falafel is, of course, a splurge, but Falafill’s accompaniment bar makes it easy to at least somewhat balance out the meal. The highlights were the hummus (for me, a requirement when eating falafel), the crispy cauliflower, and the couscous with raisins and apples. Also delicious were the diced beets and the corn and black bean salad, despite its questionable Middle East origins. To make sure we could pile on lots of these healthy toppings, we ordered falafel bowls, which came with half a pita, as opposed to the full pita falafel sandwich. It was quick. It was cheap. And it tasted awesome.
- Accompaniment Bar at Falafill
Try Falafill at 3202 N. Broadway.
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