Location: 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Readers’ pick: Falafel Inc.
As Foggy Bottom’s dining scene is going through a slew of changes, Falafel Inc. has established itself as one of the best new eateries on campus for students on the hunt for a tasty bite at an excellent price.
The Foggy Bottom community embraced the arrival of more than 10 restaurants in Western Market over the past year, with more yet to arrive. The chicken sandwich joint Roaming Rooster, Venezuelan vendors Arepa Zone and Italian deli Capo Deli have each delivered distinct tastes to students, but one restaurant rises above the pack.
Falafel Inc.’s quality, convenience and affordability positions the vendor as the food court’s ideal restaurant to grab a quick bite during a busy day.
The menu is simple but delectable. With ingredients like falafel, lettuce and pickled red cabbage all stuffed in fresh pita, the falafel sandwiches ($4) are the star of the menu, a tasty and easy-to-eat sandwich that fulfills all culinary desires.
Falafel Inc. offers solid vegan options, namely its shawarma sandwich ($5), made with vegan meat, red umami cabbage and lettuce. The restaurant also offers fresh falafel bowls ($5) for cleaner eaters and tasty zaatar – a Middle Eastern spice blend – fries ($3), and service is quick and convenient.
The restaurant’s complimentary side sauces blend perfectly with any of the menu items – their signature Habibi sauce and smooth garlic sauce each provide an extra hop of flavor to dishes.
The location makes it easy for friends to grab bites from other vendors in the building, ensuring no one is left out from purchasing their preferred meal. For a tasty post-meal sweet, walk a few feet and grab dessert at Captain Cookie or Capo Deli.
You can feel comfortable spending your money at Falafel Inc., too – every meal purchased is paired with a donation to refugees in need as part of a collaboration with the World Food Programme, a branch of the United Nations.
Earning my vote as one of the freshest new restaurants in D.C., Falafel Inc.’s quality food and convenience establishes the spot as the best new restaurant in Western Market.
This article appeared in the April 11, 2022 issue of the Hatchet.