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What’s the Best Falafel In DC?

Kaela Cote-Stemmermann
Kaela Cote-Stemmermann
Posted on June 7   |   Updated on June 15
Dalia’s makes falafel patties rather than balls for the ultimate crunch. (daliasfalafel/Instagram)

Dalia’s makes falafel patties rather than balls for the ultimate crunch. (daliasfalafel/Instagram)

When Amsterdam Falafel closed last month, we asked you where you’ll get your falafel fix now, and you didn’t disappoint. Here’s the best falafel in D.C. according to you, with a few of our team’s favorites thrown in.

Byblos Deli (Cleveland Park)

Reader Cassandra H. recommends this classic Greek deli. It’s got huge portions, cheap prices, and some of the best falafel in town.

Hilana Falafel (Multiple locations)

Tragically, this falafel joint is only open during the Mt. Pleasant and Broad Branch farmers markets, but it's well worth the wait. The "Jerusalem-style" falafel uses fresh local ingredients and is fried to perfection.

Think of this like a better, more authentic Cava. The falafel is good, but the sauces are critical. Reader Valerie K. says, “They are always so kind and friendly when we go. They have smoothies too!”

Dalia’s Falafel (Kensington)

This pop-up does one thing, and they have perfected it. They are in the process of getting a brick-and-mortar near the Bethesda metro stop. Caitlin M. says they have a “simple but delicious menu. I literally can’t wait for their first day!”

Falafel Inc (Multiple locations)

For a $4 dollar falafel sandwich, you can’t beat Falafel Inc. If you’re hungry, I’d also recommend getting the za’atar fries as the portions are understandably on the smaller side. They have locations at the Wharf, Georgetown, and Foggy Bottom.

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