Speaking of greasy diner food, a trip to visit the in-laws in the bay area is never complete without lunch at Falafel's Drive in. This place was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives- a show with a nice concept but the most annoying host I've ever seen. You know, that dum-dum who wears the sunglasses on the back of his head? Ugh. If you're curious, do a google image search for "Guy Fieri" but don't say I didn't warn you. He reminds me so much of one of my old bosses, maybe that's why I find him so grating.
AAAAANYWAY- This place has the best falafel on the face of the earth, sorry. It's a walk-up window where you get styrofoam plates (really? Styrofoam? Why do so many places in California do this? I thought Cali was supposed to be the leader in the environmental movement? Enough with the styrofoam, dudes.) filled with fresh, delicious falafel sandwiches, packed with lettuce, drizzled with tahini sauce, and a side of amazing chili sauce.
They also serve hamburger/fries type of stuff too, and a side of onion rings with a falafel sandwich is mighty tasty. The dude working the window was pleasantly surprised when he asked my son, "What do you want, french fries?" and he replied, "Uh... Uhhhhhh... HUMMUS." He said, "Hummus! Good boy!"
We always get a banana milkshake when we go, too. It's not the healthiest lunch on the planet, but I look forward to eating there every time I come down. It's cheap, too- a "small" sandwich is $3.50 and it's actually rather huge. You can easily do lunch for 2 and spend under 10 bucks, it's amazing. So heads up, West Coast- Falafel's Drive-in in San Jose. Go, now. There is nothing like this in Portland and I guess it's probably for the best because I'd eat nothing but fried falafel balls EVERY DAY.