Craving Boston writer Dalia Sawaya compiled her list of criteria and a scoring system – and set out to find the best falafel in the Boston area.
Despite our longstanding and widespread falafel fever, I often find people don’t know what it actually is. Let’s start at the beginning.
Falafel is a fried street food from Arab countries of the Levant (including Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, and Syria), typically eaten on its own or in a pita bread pocket sandwich. It is made by blending garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas), garlic, parsley, onion, sesame seeds and a hand full of spices into a coarse paste, which is then shaped into a ball with a special tool – similar in concept to an ice cream scooper – and then fried.