Occupation: Analytics Administrator
Location: San Francisco
Favorite Restaurant: King of Falafel
Reviewed King of Falafel: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
I discovered King of Falafel after a job change and a new route to work through lower
Pacific Heights. It was the kind of affordable neighborhood joint that was perfect for picking up a to-go lunch. I quickly became a fan of the Vegetarian Plate with each salad offering a treat in itself. Soon after, I discovered the Spinach Roll and began to create custom plates from the many salads offered behind the huge glass display case. It is possible to visit this place many times and never have the same combination twice. I’ve not once been disappointed with a meal here. As you might expect from the King of Falafel, theirs is first-rate with a nice crispy outside and a pleasing core. These are from an old family recipe and are deep fried in corn oil. They are the only falafel recipe I know of that uses sesame seeds.
Everything has been fresh and top quality and the staff could not be friendlier. The atmosphere is that of a busy neighborhood lunch spot, however the counter help is quick and efficient. There is a scattering of tables spaced close together that they do a good job of keeping bussed. The protocol is to select your drink from the display coolers, order your meal and have a seat. You will soon be found and will be quickly enjoying some of the best Mediterranean food in the Bay Area. There is a good chance you might find a little extra on your plate. A recent Eggplant Platter had a falafel piece thrown in, even though it was not on the menu.
The signage on the Bush Street side of the storefront is a bit confusing as it reads ‘Great City Deli,’ ‘King of Falafel,’ and ‘King of Falafil’ – no matter – this is the place to go for solid, healthy food at a great value.
Occupation: Barber Shop Owner
Location: Mountain View
Favorite Restaurant: Luka's Taproom & Lounge
Reviewed King of Falafel: Monday, December 2, 2013