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Best falafel

A falafel pita from Pita Palace. Photo: Gene Lee

A falafel pita from Pita Palace. Photo: Gene Lee

YOUR PICKS
1. Pita Palace
You say, “Pita Palace has a serve-yourself toppings bar that is yummy” and “It reminds me a lot of Maoz which is the best ever, but not in Atlanta.”

2. Falafel King
3. Ali Baba
4. Hovan Gourmet
5. Café Agora

OUR PICKS
1. Mediterranean Bakery
The AJC dining team’s specialist in International Cuisine Gene Lee says, “After the first few bites, I immediately knew the falafel at Mediterranean Bakery was my top choice. They are a tad larger than my other four selections and also are the lightest in color. The nutty, crunchy exterior crackles against your teeth, and the steamy interior reveals balanced flavors of chickpea and cumin with just a hint of perfume from coriander. This is the ultimate falafel.”

2. Café Agora
3. Hovan Gourmet
4. Pita Palace
5. O U for U

122 comments Add your comment

Datfire

July 26th, 2011
8:17 am

Mezza has a good one!

Dr Richard Handler

July 26th, 2011
8:20 am

Buckhead Pizza. Sam the owner is Syrian and makes it fresh and as a Syrian, I can tell you it’s the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yummy

July 26th, 2011
8:23 am

Basil Wraps in Marietta is great!

KK

July 26th, 2011
8:24 am

OU for U and Hovan at Perimeter Mall

Steve

July 26th, 2011
8:30 am

Try Veggie Patch Falfel at your Grocers produce section… good eats and convenient

Falafel Eater

July 26th, 2011
8:39 am

Leon’s International Grocery on Pleasantdale. Creamiest, best falafel out there.

Deb

July 26th, 2011
8:49 am

Ou for U always a pleasure going there!

Bina

July 26th, 2011
9:00 am

Cafe Sababa on N Shallowford has the best falafel! All his ingredients are really fresh tasting and the falafel has the perfect light crisp outer crust and tasty inner filling. Yummmm….gotta go there now!

Vegan Queen

July 26th, 2011
9:09 am

Olive Bistro rocks!

PeaChick

July 26th, 2011
9:11 am

For those of you up in North Gwinnett/Hall County: Divana Mediterranean, exit 16 on 985

LL

July 26th, 2011
9:15 am

Ali Baba in L5P is horrible and overpriced ($7+ for falafel??)
Falafel King is the best “cheap” place and Olive Bistro is the best “not cheap” place

Diana

July 26th, 2011
9:16 am

Olive Bistro. I do wish someone would take your suggestion that it makes for great street food and create a mediterranean food truck. There is one that parks close to the MOMA in New York that I always stop at when I’m there.

Israel

July 26th, 2011
9:22 am

Cafe Posh on Roswell Rd is a real good place for Falafel (and other dishes) . I always like their food.

moshing badger

July 26th, 2011
9:24 am

Mingles off of Roswell Road in Marietta. Its a Mediterranean/Jamaican restaurant. The falafel is Israeli-style, and all the falafel balls are all made fresh.

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July 26th, 2011
9:26 am

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susan

July 26th, 2011
9:26 am

Ali Baba downtown on Broad Street

Cameron

July 26th, 2011
9:26 am

I always enjoyed the falafel at Jerusalem Bakery in Alpharetta.

kangning

July 26th, 2011
9:29 am

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ane

July 26th, 2011
9:32 am

I can’t decide between Pita Palace or Jerusalem Bakery in Marietta. I do admit I enjoiy the falafel on laffa at the Jerusalem bakery better than the pita bread. I’ve also eaten at Olive Bistro and found it ok but expensive.

greg

July 26th, 2011
9:38 am

Falafel King in Emory Village is the best. Their falafel is crispy and perfect every time.

Jim

July 26th, 2011
9:51 am

Mediterranean frickin grill

SouthernMan

July 26th, 2011
10:22 am

Marcos Pita’s on Ponce!!!

E

July 26th, 2011
10:27 am

Star Provisions. Delicious!

Michael

July 26th, 2011
10:29 am

Michael

July 26th, 2011
10:30 am

Mediterranean Grill is gross, Star Provisions is mediocre.

Joe

July 26th, 2011
10:45 am

Hovan @ Perimeter Mall. HANDS DOWN! I know it sounds crazy, but there is an older gentleman there who I believe is the Owner, he claims its his long time family recipe. But its AMAZING. I live a block from Pita Palace and used to eat thier exclusivley until I discovered Hovan at Perimeter, its the best Falafel I have had in the States with out a doubt – I can’t even compare how good it is to Pita Palace. Hovan @ Perimeter Mall.

Peaches

July 26th, 2011
10:46 am

Ali Baba’s downtown or in little 5 has the best falafel vegetable wrap in the world. I found myself craving it every day that I lived in the city.

Chickpea

July 26th, 2011
10:46 am

I gotta go with Hovan Gourmet @ Perimeter Mall. It’s fresh, nicely seasoned, crispy on the outside and award winning. Try their lamb schawarma, too with everything on it. It’s the best! Messy, but most good food is. For holidays and family get togethers we also get a couple of platters of their Hovan rolls. Healthy, delicious and everybody loves them.

L

July 26th, 2011
10:49 am

Lawrence’s Cafe on Buford Hwy near North Druid hills! It’s a little known hole in the wall, but still awesome.

Jennyl

July 26th, 2011
10:54 am

Borage Grill in Olde Town Conyers…Great little restaurant!!!!

atlHOkie

July 26th, 2011
10:56 am

Makara’s in Sandy Springs has a great Falafel!!!!

Colleen

July 26th, 2011
10:56 am

Café Posh hands down. There is no comparison.

hb

July 26th, 2011
11:11 am

The Beirut in PTC. Fresh, authentic, great menu all Lebanese food!

David

July 26th, 2011
11:16 am

Cafe Sababa on N Shallowford in Dunwoody is the best by far. Doni Tamli runs the place and one of the best chefs I know.

RA

July 26th, 2011
11:19 am

Jerusalem bakery makes some best Falafel. They make authentic middle eastern food. I like shawarma more than falafel. They are conveniently located in Alpharetta and Marietta. They have a website too, if any of you may wanna visit it.

PJ

July 26th, 2011
12:49 pm

Aladdin’s at Roswell Rd & Dunwoody Pl

Typical Redneck

July 26th, 2011
3:32 pm

I must disagree about Hovan. I enjoyed as a kid, but the last time I was there it was awful. Maybe I hit it on a bad night.

71Relic

July 26th, 2011
10:43 pm

The Iraqi gentleman in Avondale Estates on College Ave, mentioned earlier, moved to San Diego but is back, and hopes to open a new restaurant next to Taqueria Los Hermanos in Tucker on Hugh Howell Road. His Falafel was and is the best. I know. He told me so.

Google Wish for Shish, then Best Falafel: Ali’s Mediterranean Avondale

atl-expat

July 27th, 2011
10:59 am

Mezza – best falafel in a sit-down dining experience
Cafe agora – best falafel sandwich
Ali Babas – best street food-style falafel

Ugh!

July 27th, 2011
2:42 pm

I had some really bad middle eastern food for lunch. Now I falafel.

Scott

July 28th, 2011
6:22 pm

It’s tough competition, but Cafe Sababa is my pick hands down. This little eatery in Dunwoody at 4639 N. Shallowford Rd. is consistently good. Well worth a visit.

http://www.cafesababa.net/

Island Breeze

July 28th, 2011
8:45 pm

Ali Baba in Little 5, exceptional!

FryThyBrain

July 28th, 2011
9:41 pm

Mediterranean Cafe, off Chamblee Tucker and 285 has the best at 50 cents a piece.

Falafel King

July 28th, 2011
10:54 pm

I have 3 Places to offer: Ali Baba’s L5P, Hovan at Perimeter Mall, Alladin’s off Roswell Road and Dunwoody Place

Josh

July 28th, 2011
11:03 pm

Pita Palace, no question

michael

July 28th, 2011
11:11 pm

Cafe Agora of course. In Buckhead but a “hole in the wall”. The owner is a character (similar to the soup nazi) but awesome food.

Amanda

July 29th, 2011
12:18 am

Pita Palace, it reminds me a lot of Maoz which is the best ever but not in Atlanta.

Johm

July 29th, 2011
5:26 am

Posh Cafe has the best I’ve ever had anywhere.

MarieLetsEat

July 29th, 2011
5:33 am

OU For U Cafe in Dunwoody makes the best, although Mediterranean Grill’s are indeed wonderful.

Jon

July 29th, 2011
5:45 am

I lived in Egypt and Mediterranean Bakery is the Best and most Authentic Arabic food in Atlanta! Hands down!