Inspired by the falafel shops of Holland, the owners opened their own D.C. version in 2004, a second location in 2013 in the U&14th Street Corridors at 1830 14th St. NW, and franchises recently in Annapolis, MD, and in Boston. If you’re out clubbing in the neighborhood, do what D.C.’s barhoppers do and stop here for a snack at 2, 3, even 4am. The shop does a steady business all day among people who just love these toasted pita sandwiches stuffed with fried balls of mashed chickpeas, topped with as many of the 22 self-serve garnishes as you want, from crunchy onion to hummus. You’ll want to add an order of double-fried potatoes, which go best with a dab of Dutch mayo and a shake of Old Bay Seasoning. You can dine in or on the patio, but most customers carry out.
- Elise Hartman Ford