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da falafel king (honolulu)

fatstern | Feb 17, 201211:30 AM

just wanna give a little heads up about my fave newish place to eat in town --- da falafel king -- they've had a stand in waiks for some time now (in front of the Shack), but have recently opened a truck in moilili, between down to earth and kinko's near university (i usually park behind kinkos and walk over). i've been to the the stand in waiks once ages ago, but since they opened the truck in town i've been once or twice a week for the last month and a half. because its damn good food. israeli grub....best falafel i've ever had, by far. besides being perfectly seasoned, they are smaller falafel balls, more fried surface area to filling ratio, less mushy than others in town (i.e. fat greek). they fill the pitas with a bunch of different salads, tahini, homemmade hot sauce (on request- get it! not super spicy but super flavorful), pickled, cabbage, etc -- welcome to holy flavor country.

the kebab pitas are also fantastic -these are ground lamb+beef balls with spices and herbs - every ball was cooked medium when i had it. impressed. again, stuffed with salads, etc - ask for hot sauce in there.

i've also had the schwarma - chicken and lamb, and while its pretty damn good, i like the aforementioned better.

a unique little treat they make are their pita "chips" -- as they have to cut off the top of the fluffy pita to get it stuffed, they take that small piece of pita and quickly fry it and toss it a zaatar-like seasoning and usually hand it to you as an amuse bouche. tasty nugget.

its a bit pricey, but its hawaii (usual excuse?), and they import pitas etc from israel. 8 bucks for falafel pita, 3 extra bucks with fries (lightly paprika/salty seasoned, tasty dipped in tahini - ask for extra) and a drink. kebab and schwarma sando is like 10-11 bucks. worth it to me, but i can understand any $ hesitation.

go check 'em out - i want them to do well, they're super nice folks and i think they do some of the more consistent and tasty food round these parts. open for lunch and dinner weekdays...closed saturday (i think) and not sure about sunday....

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