As an unvegan, I usually shy away from falafel. It’s not veggie-based, but it’s also not meat and I would typically rather fill my stomach with schwarma when I have the opportunity. Yet, in heading out to Falafel Arax, I had heard they had the best falafel in the land of Los Angeles and I knew I would end up getting some. The place resides in a little corner strip mall in a strange part of town east of Hollywood that I usually wouldn’t find myself in, but the temptation of having amazing Lebanese falafel was enough to get me there. Oh, and before I go any further, I should mention they are cash only. With that said, let’s get on to the food.
Aside from the falafel, I ordered a schwarma wrap without tomato or onion. Here, the regular schwarma is beef, so if you’re thinking about chicken, you probably want to go with something else. It also comes loaded with their tahini sauce and is quite good. The beef is pretty good and although not exactly tender or juicy, it has some good flavor of its own and really doesn’t need to be juicy with that tahini sauce.
We also got some hummus to split. It came with one big piece of pita, which wasn’t enough, but they gave us another when we asked. It wasn’t homemade, but they did toast it up before serving, which was a nice touch. The hummus itself was creamy and pretty on par with Zankou, except that it was a whole lot more garlicky. Of course, as a man who loves garlic I was happy to tackle this stuff and it rewarded me by being delicious.
Alright alright, I’ll get to the falafel that was supposedly amazing. Well, it was. Again, I don’t know falafel too well, but this stuff was perfectly crispy on the outside and soft and amazing on the inside. It went perfectly with the tahini sauce, which tasted like it was made for the falafel.
But here’s the moment of truth – how important is falafel to you? To me, it’s not really important at all. Yeah, I liked it, but I don’t need to drive all the way out there for it when I can get similar schwarma and hummus at Zankou. But if you’re into falafel, Falafel Arax is the place to go. You don’t have to worry about the craziness of the family that started Zankou and the falafel is so good that even a carnivore like myself can appreciate it.