Falafill A fresh and fast Lebanese concept with some seriously delicious eats
4206 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
- Neighborhood: Midtown
- Price Level:
- Vegetarian Options
- Cards Accepted
- Hours: Mon-Fri: 11AM - 9PM
Sat: 11AM - 7PM
- Phone: (313) 338-3574
- Website: http://www.eatfalafill.com/
- Social: FACEBOOK
Apparently, lemon does magical things to French fries.
It makes some sense, if you think about it. Vinegar and salt are delicious on fries. Ketchup and salt: classic. But it’s not lemon juice plus salt that makes the house fries at Falafill so yummy. They taste like they have no salt on them, but taste salty. (Something about acid, and wishing we had paid more attention in science class.) Contributing to the fries’ crave-worthiness are garlic, cilantro, red pepper flakes, and mustard seeds.
They do some pretty great things with the rest of the menu, too.
Falafill started out in Chicago, where there are currently three locations founded by Chef Maher Chebaro. The Detroit restaurant, owned and operated by Kassem Fardoun, is Falafill’s first franchise and first location outside of the Windy City.
The eatery is right on Woodward Ave. in Midtown, just north of Willis on the east side of the street. Some serious construction barriers hide the little storefront from view until you’re almost on top of it, but once you know where it is, Falafill is actually really easy to find. Try parking on either Willis, Canfield, or Alexandrine; you’ll be one block or less away from the door.
Falafill follows the quick service model of spots like Chipotle and Subway, where you can build your meal from a smorgasbord of choices. The concept is fresh and fast Lebanese.
First, you’ll want to choose your protein. Falafill offers classic falafel as well as a seasonal falafel, chicken (marinated in yogurt, tomatoes, sumac and oregano), Sujuk Kufta (beef meatballs roasted in an Armenian spiced tomato sauce), and brisket braised in Middle Eastern herbs and spices. Then decide how you want it served: as a wrap, a bowl, or with a pita pocket.
The really tough decisions come when you get to the mezza bar. Think of it as a toppings bar. You can try out any combination of flavors you like. Chooce from hummus, quinoa tabbouleh, baba ganoush, herb sumac relish, minted cabbage, Armenian salad, grilled vegetables, wild pickles, and more. When asked you if you want the fried cauliflower, the correct answer is always “yes”.
Then, there are the sauces. Tzatziki, the classic minted yogurt and cucumber sauce, is probably a familiar choice but there are a few options that may you may not have tasted before. Taratour is a tahini sauce with lemon juice and garlic. Zough is a spicy, smooth mix of cilantro, garlic and jalapenos.
If that’s too many choices, just point to one of Falafill’s signature wraps where the flavor pairings have already been tested and perfected for you.
The falafel – the restaurant’s namesake – is a no-brainer. The actual falafel balls are crispy on the outside and a gorgeous, bright green color in the middle. Tomatoes, herb sumac, wild pickles, and relish. Get it with minted cabbage, the mint compliments the falafel incredibly well. The wrap is perfectly dressed, not oversauced, so every bite stays crisp and fresh.
Falafill is considering applying for a beer and wine license, and plans to introduce plate of the day (or plate of the week) specials in the near future. Keep an eye on their Instagram account for drool-worthy food photos and updates.
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