Just steps away from the heart of Georgetown on M Street, Falafel Inc. is not only serving up delicious dishes – each plate helps feed refugees.
The hole-in-the-wall shop has almost no seating, but that doesn’t stop hungry customers from filling the spot to capacity as they stand in line at the 1210 Potomac St. NW location. What is lacking in interior design and seating is quickly made up for in Falafel Inc.’s food and social enterprise.
Ahmad Ashkar, the founder of the shop, is using food to change the lives of refugees. Falafel Inc. donates a day’s worth of food to refugees in the Middle East, which costs about 50 cents every time customers spend $10, the Washington City Paper reported. The Georgetown storefront is their only location, but they plan to expand to domestic cities like Boston and Los Angeles, and even international locations in Dubai and Jerusalem.
Right now, Falafel Inc. only serves falafel sandwiches ($3) and falafel bowls ($4) that can be served with a plethora of sides including cucumber salad, za’atar fries and hummus, each for $3. For extra flavor to any dish, Falafel Inc. also offers six different sauces, which range from a spicy red sauce to a traditional tahini-based sauce called mazbout.
For an introduction to both Falafel Inc.’s falafel and philanthropy, the falafel sandwich is your best bet.
Served on a freshly baked pita and filled to capacity with toppings, the warm sandwich is packed with flavor. The pita bread serves as a canvas for all of the flavors to combine and absorb the excess sauce, packing a punch in every bite.
Stuffed inside the pita is lettuce, red cabbage, pali salad made with tomato and cucumber, a garlic jalapeno relish called tatbili, tahini and red sauce. Though it may seem like there is an overwhelming amount of tastes, each flavor adds something to the dish.
The falafel is fresh and crisp, and the fact that it’s made from scratch in house means it doesn’t dry out. The lettuce and red cabbage add a crunch to the sandwich, while the tahini adds a creaminess and simultaneously balances out the spice of the red sauce.
Next time you’re shopping in Georgetown and can’t figure out where to eat, skip the overpriced restaurants and head to Falafel Inc. The meal will not only be tasty, but will also save you cash and help others.