on July 18, 2006
Patrons who know good food but want to save money frequent Mamoun’s Falafel. For just US$2, you can buy a fresh-made falafel sandwich. Although this is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant, you probably won't miss it because of the long line of people forming outside the door. Don't worry - your cravings for local Mediterranean cuisine will soon be satisfied because the line moves rapidly. For those of you unfamiliar with "falafel," here's the scoop: The actual word "falafel" refers to fried balls of chickpeas. Throw a few of these balls into a pita pocket, toss in some lettuce and tomatoes, and top with yogurt-based tzatziki sauce, and you've got yourself a falafel sandwich. Watching the employees throw together a falafel is a real treat, just be sure not to blink or else you'll miss the event; in fact, I normally end up with falafel in hand before I have time to hand my money to the cashier. Thus, to ensure the line keeps moving, I recommend having your US$2 (no tax required!) in hand before ordering. Because it is open until at least 1am, after partying in the nearby jazz and music clubs on MacDougal Street, Mamoun's Falafel will be sure to satisfy your midnight munchies.
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