Falafel sandwiches--who hasn’t had one? Falafel with tahini, falafel with tzatziki–in pita bread, on a plate with lettuce and cucumber etc. etc. etc., sure they are nice–but why settle for nice when there is fantastic? An Iraqi falafel in the hands of a food-loving Iraqi chef is perfection in a roll! Iraqi falafel is slightly greener, slightly crispier and served smothered in amba in a fresh baked roll. Amba is a tangy sauce made from a mango base with a curry zip.
And if you are in San Diego the perfect place to grab one of these is in El Cajon at a little restaurant called Al Alzayem. This is a link to their web site. I’ll drive half an hour for one of these sandwiches!
(And–full disclosure ,I know the chef; he taught some fun cooking classes for Culture and Cuisine–but I developed a hankering for these sandwiches long before I met Chef Mazin and his wonderful family.)