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Amsterdam Falafelshop: A User’s Guide
- Fried-to-order falafel—crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside—are tossed into toasted pitas or bowls
- More than 20 toppings made from scratch daily, including Middle Eastern salads, hummus, and fried eggplant, and sauces such as tahini, garlic cream, and cilantro-jalapeño
- Frieten, or Dutch-style fries, are thick cut but fried twice for extra crispiness
What to Expect: Crush your balls. That’s the primary guideline for diners, who take warm falafel from the staff and head over to the toppings bar. The hulking balls take up a lot of room, so flattening the falafel first is suggested so you can really load your pita or bowl with toppings. The DIY meal fits with the eatery’s Euro sensibilities, with off-kilter decor collected from the Netherlands and the Internet, and fast food that’s healthier than the average burger joint.
- Bowls are priced by weight, but falafel sandwiches are a fixed price. Opt for the latter if you’re expecting to have a hefty meal. You can even return to the toppings bar for extras as long as you use plastic cups.
- An order of fries becomes a tasting experience when you dip them into fritesaus (Dutch-style mayo), creamy peanutsaus, and curry ketchup.
- There are only 19 seats in this little shop, so be prepared to do takeout if you visit during the lunch rush or when Davis Square’s late-night denizens want a snack. (It’s open till midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.)
- Have some leftover euros from your last vacation? Instead of ferreting them away in your Monopoly bank, use them to pay for your sandwich.
Rants and Raves
- “Amsterdam Falafelshop has perfected the art of frying chickpeas and potatoes. … You have just eaten some of the best falafel outside the Middle East.” — Boston Globe
- “One of the best restaurant bargains in Greater Boston boasts incredible French fries, mouth-watering sandwiches, and a toppings bar you’ve got to see to believe.” – Phantom Gourmet
- It's been named one of the country’s hottest fast-casual chains by Zagat.