Agh! Sorry to be a bit of a Sourpuss Swank lately in recent threads, but ... I simply must vent about AF. Mr. Swank and I grabbed a quick bite there a couple of nights ago. I hadn't been since it opened, and chalked up my initial gripes (unwieldy toppings bar, cramped quarters) to early kinks. Ugh. It was worse than I remembered.
First of all, we were greeted by a very bored lad behind the counter who seemed completely confused that I wanted my falafels in a bowl. Mr. Swank got his in pita form. Now: He piled his sandwich high with every topping known to man. I judiciously topped my balls and toted them in a bowl. His meal cost $4 something. Mine? $8!! ALL FOR A PLASTIC BOWL?
I had the last laugh, though, since Mr. Swank's sandwich promptly fell apart. He had to finally rest his gooey, toppings-laden sandwich on a dirty tray, since plates were nowhere in sight. What is the point? Why not offer larger pitas for easier topping application, or at the very least some kind of paper platewear? Half of his sandwich ended up on the tray or on the floor.
My falafel balls were turgid and grainy. We also ordered fries -- a measly portion to be sure. Add to this tiny tables, rickety chairs, and downright filthy floors, and we're not going back soon. Sad, as we loved AF in DC!!