July 21, 2012
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MG and I were looking for a snack after going to the National Zoo. A quick search on the old cell phone, and we found Amsterdam Falafel. The reviews were overwhelmingly good. MG and I hopped in the car and made for the restaurant.
We didn’t really read through the reviews. We just saw “Middle Eastern” as the description and decided to make our way to the shop. I figured that they would have many of the usual Mid-East fare. Amsterdam Falafel is very accurate in the description of their menu. They serve falafel and fries. That’s it. There’s nothing else. When you go to Amsterdam Falafel, you will probably get a falafel, and perhaps some fries.
The toppings bar is pretty big. It has hummus, babaganush, pickles, red pepper flakes, cucumbers, tomato, and a gang of other goodies.
Here is the star of the show. MG and I both got a regular with a wheat pita. The falafel balls are pillowy and soft, well fried, but not greasy.
The menu recommends that diners mash down the falafel balls in the pita to create room for the fixings. They ask that you not return for seconds on toppings (except for tahini and garlic sauce). There are no plates. Your falafel is handed to you in a paper pocket, ensuring that you do not abuse the salad bar.
The falafel is very good. Not the greatest I’ve ever had, but really tasty. Aside from the good food and the nice vibe, it is nice that when you get to Amsterdam Falafel, there is no question about what to order. The food is good, it is inexpensive, and it is close to the downtown DC area. The parking can be a little challenging, but not impossible. If you are in the area and need a quick bite, definitely check them out.
2425 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009