People who like to eat falafel, really
like to eat falafel. Quite often, they are passionate about the ingredients and preparation of falafel. In west Hartford, Ct, there are several establishments that prepare and cook falafel daily. For the uninitiated, falafel is essentially pureed fava beans, or chickpeas combined with onions and spices, then formed into balls or patties, and deep- fried. It is considered by many to be a National food of Israel.
Although falafel is sometimes eaten as part of a salad or platter, the most common way of eating falafel, is inside a Pita- bread sandwich. In West Hartford, Ct, most restaurants that serve falafel hollow- out a pita bread, then add falafel, lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage, Tahini sauce and other toppings, based on the customer’s choice.
Falafel sandwiches are very popular with Vegetarians and other health- concious diners. Falafel sandwiches are usually quite inexpensive and offer a healthy, hand- held, alternative to burgers, pizza and other fast foods.
Here is a list of four excellent establisments that serve falafel in West Hartford, Ct. Enjoy !
1.) Arugula Restaurant..953 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, Ct (860)561-4888..Open for lunch and dinner Tues- Sat
Arugula is a tiny, upscale restaurant in the middle of trendy West Hartford Center. The falafel served there is perhaps the best falafel in West Hartford, Ct. Served on skewers, it is seasoned just right and has just the right consistency. Pricey.
2. Mediza Restaurant..35B LaSalle Road, West Hartford, Ct (860)233-3370..Open for lunch and dinner Mon- Sat..Sunday dinner only.
This small, modern Mediterranean restaurant features an outstanding falafel, which is made fresh daily. Very green in color. They also bake their pita bread daily.
3.) Tangiers International..668 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, Ct (860)233-8168..Mon- Sat..10 am- 8 pm..Sun..10 am- 6 pm
Tangiers International is a unique addition to the West Hartford, Ct dining scene. Housed in a former pharmacy, Tangiers sports a 30- foot lunch counter where locals come to enjoy their exquisite falafel. They claim to make the best falafel sandwich in America. They also state they are the only falafel eatery in America to fry their falafel in pure olive oil. In addition to the wonderful falafel, grape leaves and gyros served at the lunch counter, Tangiers International stocks a wide assortment of exotic foods from Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
4.) Tapas..1150 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, Ct (860)521-4609
Since 1985, Tapas, in the Elmwood section of West Hartford, Ct, has been serving- up outstanding falafel. Served alone as a traditional pocket sandwich, or as part of a platter, with various side dishes, the falafel at Tapas is some of the best in West Hartford, Ct.