Just moved back downtown (happily) and tried an old standby in a new location (Sultan's Kitchen) and a new spot (Rock Sugar). Results were mixed but positive:
Falafel sandwich from SK was HUGE and fresh, EXCEPT that the falafel itself was extremely dry and overspiced with something unappealing to me. I do, however, think they have the freshest pita bread I've had in the area. It was $6-7 and could have feed two easily.
The side ($4) of a green bean meze dish that was on display on the counter, however, was just as delicious as it looked and as I remembered the place being -- what are other favorites there (that are NOT the falafel)? I'll be back to try other options.
Rock Sugar takeout Pad Thai with chicken ($7.50) and Beef Satay ($5) was fresh and not too oily (common Pad Thai problem in my opinion), but both dishes needed more seasoning, heat, and spice -- the Pad Thai was almost white like the few chicken pieces in it.
Also, a vermicelli salad was also really fresh, but needed some (more?) fresh lime juice/cilantro added for flavor.
Maybe it's time to sample their soups and curries next time -- perhaps that's where they're putting all the flavor?