Shawarma platter at Hummus; Pastries from Manakeesh | Photos by Neal Santos
Middle Eastern flavors have long been a rich vein mined by chefs working in any number of styles. And Middle Eastern restaurants — whether of the wheeled or brick-and-mortar variety — have been a staple on the Philly scene for decades. But while you might think there’s nothing to this cuisine beyond chickpeas and falafel, here are six places that will prove you wrong.
Read more »
If you’re a practical cheapskate like I am and you work anywhere near Mama’s Vegetarian on 20th Street, then you know that there’s really no reason to eat at a food truck when Mama’s Vegetarian aka Mama’s Falafel is in the neighborhood.
For $3.50, I can get a small Mama’s falafel sandwich on my choice of a wheat or white pita plus as much from the pickle bar as I can cram into the little to-go side containers that they give you. And believe me, I can cram in a lot. (I’ve also been known to slide one of those insanely hot long-hots into the bag.) But now, they have sweetened the deal even more. Read more »
They must be giving away falafel sandwiches today at Mama’s. Two things you don’t see in this photo: a) the non-existent line at the newish and quite good halal/falafel truck behind me and b) the extremely dirty look that the guy on the extreme left in the photo gave me just after I took the picture. I opted for popcorn from Nuts To You.
Got a photo from around town you want us to see? Send it!