Thursday, October 16, 2008

falafel's drive in

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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.

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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!"

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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.

10 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Haha oh yes, Guy Fieri IS rather.... eccentric/annoying ;0)

Looove falafel!!

Nancy said...

That sounds so good! How far is that from Anaheim? I'm going next month.

house and home said...

Ugh! Guy drives me nuts too. He is lacking...
And he has like 8 shows.
And yay for greasy food!

Miss Marie said...

Oh my gosh, that looks good.

Alison said...

This place is a definite favorite, but I might like the House of Falafel better. Check it out when you're in town. Not as cheap but very tasty. The dinner plates easily serve 2.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/house-of-falafel-cupertino

Mo said...

WOW! I'm a bay area native and I grew up eating here!
Such a surprise to see them on your blog…which is absolutely awesome. The falafel and banana milkshake combo is amazing.

melroska said...

wow, why I have I never heard of this place before? It sounds amazing! I'll have to make a trip down to SJ real soon.
Oh, and I agree with you totally on the host of that tv show, he sucks.

heidi said...

mmm... looks yummy!

Oakley Rhodes said...

Have you tried Fat Cat Falafel on Division? In front of Mirador?

the LB said...

Like MO, I grew up eating there! I still go back there first thing after I get off the plane in San Jose.... yum!