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Olympic vs. Famous

JC | Sep 11, 2003 02:45 PM

THANKS again to everyone for helping me locate these two falafel places (or shawarma places, depending on how you look at it) on Coney Island Avenue. I took a bike trip and tried both yesterday. I forget what the concensus was about which was better. The menus are the same, but I'd give the nod to Olympic.

Famous was a little dingy, although it's worth stopping by just to see the automatic falafel ball-making machine. They were baking pitas and lafa breads in the back, but my laffa bread was still a little chewy. And though I don't mind adding my own toppings, it's a little odd the way they just hand you bread and let you add your own falafel balls. I made a big mess of it, to be honest. Plus, they were out of hummus. Sacreligious, I say.

Olympic was downright fancy by comparison. They were baking breads right in front of my eyes. The lafa bread I got was piping hot. Needless to say, it was fantastic. I could have just eaten the plain bread. The pita was great too. And here they add the falafels and hummus for you so you don't make such a mess. Then you add your own toppings, tahini, etc. Honestly, other than Azuri Cafe in Manhattan and Miriam's take-out cart on 46th Street and 6th Avenue, I didn't know falafel could be this good. If you haven't tried it, it's definitely worth the trip. Both are closed on Saturdays (kosher hours).

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