The Best Falafel in Toronto
The best falafel in Toronto is more than the sum of its parts, though each of those parts had better be on point. From crispy fried-to order chickpea balls with steaming centres, to freshly-baked pita or laffa, and condiments like silky hummus, pickles (turnips are a must!) and fiery hot sauce - this list of falafel shops will satisfy all the essentials.
Here is the best falafel in Toronto.
Falafels are among the specialties at this kosher take-out counter on Bathurst at Lawrence. They can be ordered on top a plate of creamy hummus as a snack, or wrapped in fresh, chewy, clay oven-baked flatbread ($6.99) to form a massive sandwich packed with all the necessary toppings.
This late-night eats destination might be best known for its East Coast donair, but the falafels (its namesake) are excellent too. The fast food counter deals exclusively in made-from-scratch foods, and the ground chickpea balls seasoned with garlic, onions and fresh herbs are no exception - have 'em on a massive platter ($12) or in a pita wrap ($7).
Multiple locations downtown and in Thornhill have become favourites for taboon-baked breads loaded with freshly fried falafel balls ($6.95) dressed with hummus and the usual fresh salads. I also like the option of adding creamy cabbage and baba ghanoush to the massive wraps, but when I'm not in the mood for a sandwich, they're great in a boxed meal with salad or a la carte as a snack.
This Middle Eastern eatery boasts multiple locations that extend from midtown to north of the city. This sit-down experience offers the chance to satisfy hankerings for falafel in sandwich form (in a pita for $6, or wrapped in laffa for $7.50), or as an appetizer or entree dinner with salad and a choice of rice, fries, potatoes or vegetables.
Falafel sandwiches priced at $3.75 offer excellent bang for your buck at this Scarborough eatery. Here, crunchy fried chickpea balls are wrapped in thin, hummus-slathered pita with tangy pink-pickled turnips, tabouleh and rustically chopped tomatoes and onions - all dressed with tahini.
Pita is baked fresh on site at this Steeles Ave. restaurant with an adjacent Middle Eastern grocer. Order falafels ($6) to sit down in the dining room, or get them to go at the take-out counter at the back of the store, where they're packed into warm pita pockets with lemon-dressed salad with hummus, pickled turnips, tahini and zhoug (hot sauce).
This unassuming pita parlour in Yorkville has built a loyal following for for its vast array of $5 lunches. Falafel sandwiches and platters are offered here at exceptional value and come packed with exceedingly fresh ingredients and big, crispy chickpea balls that are light and fluffy in the centre.
Don't let the name fool you, the falafel wraps ($3.50) are among the menu highlights at this pizza parlour and falafel shop hybrid. Dressed at the counter, pita wraps can be customized any which way from the selection of chopped salads, cabbage, hummus, pickles, onion slivers, and hot peppers on display.
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