How Far Out This Falafel?

How bad do you want falafel? How much do you really crave it?

Enough to stand in line? How about a line down the stairs? And onto the sidewalk?

This is the line for Amsterdam Falafel, the Adams Morgan falafel shop, on a Sunday. Anyone have a clue why it’s worthy of the wait?

I know its easily better than jumbo slice pizza but is the falafel really that good? The grain hand grown? The side of humus chick peas hand mashed? Or are these kids toking the hookah too much today?

10 Comments so far

  1. sean (unregistered) on October 9th, 2006 @ 9:47 am

    while i freaking hate lines, this is the best felaful in the city.

    actually i had falaful on adams morgan day.. but at el khartoun down on florida. they microwave the felaful. it was pretty bad.

    zorbas is good, but not as good as amsterdam

    amsterdam is always super fresh and the toppings bar rocks.

    yeah.. i’m a big felaful fan.

  2. robin (unregistered) on October 9th, 2006 @ 10:13 am

    Although I might not stand in that line for it, it is that good. Sean said it — the toppings bar. There are like 50 things to choose from and they are all fresh.

    The falafel itself is good too. (I can only compare to the Astor’s, which is always too salty and overcooked for my taste).

  3. Fat_Albert (unregistered) on October 9th, 2006 @ 12:09 pm

    It’s best when you are full of alcohol. 3AM on the weekend there is a line when the bars let out – it’s probably the healthiest grub to eat, compared to Jumbo Slice pizza.

    This past Sat night I witnessed a prime example of a guy sooo drunk that he was eating the overflowing large falafel with his eyes closed while standing! And he managed to finish his fries too – all in slow motion. Wish I could have captured it to show on Youtube.

  4. Timmy O'Tool (unregistered) on October 9th, 2006 @ 12:32 pm

    I’m sorry, but they have some of the best fries I’ve ever eaten and the Dutch mayo can’t be beat.

  5. Tiff (unregistered) on October 9th, 2006 @ 12:43 pm

    We were just having a debate in my office the other day about whether this place or George’s King of Falafel in Georgetown was in fact the superior falafel.

    I haven’t tried Amsterdam yet, so I’ll have to look into that. (Because when I think Amsterdam, I think falafel. WTF?)

  6. cheezepowder (unregistered) on October 9th, 2006 @ 2:02 pm

    Amsterdam IS known for falafel shops like this with toppings bars.

  7. Tiffany (unregistered) on October 9th, 2006 @ 2:49 pm

    Now see, I work for a Dutch company, and they like to regale us with stories of Dutch traditions, and in Holland at Christmas we do this, and at New Years’ in Holland, we do that, blah blah. I wish they had told me about the falafel shops. That’s something I’d go to Amsterdam for.

  8. smouie kablooie (unregistered) on October 9th, 2006 @ 3:18 pm

    I wish they had donner vans around town like they do in the UK – those are crucial when you’ve been drinking all night…

    I generally go to Burrito Brothers when I’m drinking in Adams Morgan – but will have to try this place next time.

  9. Fat_Albert (unregistered) on October 9th, 2006 @ 3:18 pm

    Um, do they also tell you about the “coffee” shops? and the “window dressings” in certain areas of the city? The Heineken brewery is there too.

  10. Tiff (unregistered) on October 9th, 2006 @ 3:26 pm

    Hah, no, they don’t tell us about that. And they get mad if WE mention it, go figure…

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