We finally made it to the highly touted Falafelicious which opened last month at the former Farmstead Shack building at Canton Crossing. Our critique: Yum!
Falafelicious offers a Chipotle-like assembly line with a variety of gluten-free and vegan options based around, of course, falafel!
Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Select either falafel ($7.50) or meat ($8.50)
There are 3 types of falafel: traditional, curry basil, and spicy harissa. There are 3 meat selections as well: beef koobideh kebab, grilled chicken kebab, and turkey gyro.
Step 2: Select a “vessel”
There are 3 options: pita or wrap, rice bowl, or salad.
Step 3: Select a sauce
Green tahini (an herby sesame paste), traditional tzatziki (mint yogurt), spicy harissa (garlicky and spicy) or garlic white sauce (made with buttermilk and lemon).
We sampled the spicy harissa falafel over a salad which contained organic mixed Arcadian greens, cucumbers, roasted red peppers, feta, and Kalamata olives with tzatziki sauce ($7.50) The harissa gave it a nice kick, but it was not too spicy. In fact, it was perfect over the cool salad creating a well-balanced and light, yet filling meal.
The next item we tried was the original falafel in a pita with tahini ($7.50). It had hummus, cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, green onion, pickles and turnips. The texture of the falafel was perfect, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, delightfully crumbly and messy. The tahini sauce was smooth and creamy and complemented the seasoned vegetables nicely. The pita was fluffy, but sturdy enough to hold all the toppings.
The final dish was the chickpea and quinoa salad ($6) which we loved. It had both wonderful texture and flavor. It was topped with a spicy house dressing that made the dish.
Also available on the menu are homemade hummus ($7.50), falafel bites ($5.50), and a fattoush salad ($6) comprised of farm vegetables, feta and crispy pita. And, if you don’t love that one, Falafelicious also offers a house salad ($6) with organic mixed Arcadian greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, feta, Kalamata olives and the house dressing.
Along with delicious food, the staff was very friendly and provided speedy service, too. The general manager, Kathryn Reich, was quick to offer helpful suggestions and answered all our questions about the flavors and what would pair well with each other.
Falafelicious also serves good karma with your meal. Owner, Bill Irvin, announced they would replace the gratuity line on their checks with a donation line for the No Kids Hungry Campaign. Last week, they donated their first check, $600, to the campaign.
For more information and a full menu, visit www.facebook.com/bmorefalafelicious.
by GIANNA DECARLO EDITOR@BALTIMOREGUIDE.COM