Before being appropriated as a sandwich ingredient, pita bread was used solely to dip into hummus or to protect feet during leather shortages. Explore innovative ingredients with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mediterranean cuisine at Haifa Falafel.
The friendly staff at Haifa Falafel customizes a menu's worth of flavorful sandwiches, salads, and traditional Mediterranean plates to fit each customer’s palate. Billowy sheets of pita, available as pockets or wraps, ensconce an assortment of proteins topped with your choice of five sauces, fresh-cut veggies, and Zeus’s blessing. Ground chickpeas march into patty formation to create the restaurant’s vegetarian-friendly namesake ($4.35), and shredded chicken ($5.25), turkey ($5.45), and beef ($5.35) lead the charge to trounce carnivorous cravings. Baba gannouj ($4.75 for a large), a mixture of lemony roasted eggplant, and creamy hummus ($4.50 for a large) highlight the Mediterranean's love affair with dips, as a helping of majadara ($4.25 for a large) combines brown lentils, sautéed onions, and crushed wheat, saddened by the fact that its prom date left the dance with a loaf of white bread.
Scrawled on a colorful chalkboard above the counter, Haifa Falafel’s simple menu is filled with traditional Mediterranean cuisine. The eponymous falafel adds crunch to specialty sandwiches, sometimes sharing a pita with chicken or beef shawarma to create a hybrid dubbed the shawafel. Pitas or wraps can also be loaded with chicken shish tawook, marinated with spices, and beef shish kafta, morsels of ground beef seasoned with parsley and onion. To ensure freshness, the crew prepares every plate to order, rather than predicting what guests want using a Ouija board with the menu stapled to it.