Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thursday is falafel day

Who comes to Paris for falafel? Well, you should, because it's better than any I've had in the US. There's one place that's the most famous: L'As du Fallafel. Google "best falafel in Paris" and you'll find oodles of pictures and recommendations. So I've made this my Thursday afternoon tradition.
 They make this stuff at the speed of light because there's always a line down the street waiting.

Ah, the finished product! Falafel, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, red cabbage, tahini, and humus in a pita. You can get picante (spicy sauce) if you want. And I always want. Sometimes my enthusiastic responses prompt them to add more; I have no problem with this.

But then again, there's always the #1 competitor directly across the street, Mi-va-mi. They seem to have a friendly rivalry. Though both claim to have the best falafel in Paris, Mi-va-mi's line is never nearly as long as L'As du Fallafel's, which can be a blessing if we're short on time. The only real difference between the two places is the addition of an extra salsa on Mi-va-mi's part. It's mild but welcome in my case, though many people may get bogged down with so many tastes crammed into one pita.
Overall? I'm going to miss this when I get home. I'm going to have to do some serious hunting to find all my favorite authentic Mediterranean food.