Everyday Eats: Falafel Shawarma from The Kebab Shop

Grab this tasty sandwich in Little Italy, the East Village, Mira Mesa, or Encinitas (and don't forget the breath mints).



The Kebab Shop
Falafel Shawarma: $8
Locations in Little Italy, East Village, Mira Mesa and Encinitas

Let's face it, often the three most important parts of the day are breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And that's why here at SanDiegoMagazine.com, we're beefing up our food and restaurant coverage by shining the spotlight on tasty meals under $10. Foie gras and Kobe beef still have a place at our table, but these meals are so reasonably priced, you can eat them every day.

Don't let the diminutive falafel balls and leafy greens throw you; the falafel shawarma from The Kebab Shop is no sissy sandwich. The creamy white sauce you see coating almost every ingredient within is a mega-flavorful garlic yogurt sauce that's simultaneously tasty enough to consider bathing in, and potent enough to take out the whole Twilight crew (if only...). And though it should come with a "breath mints required" warning, it's the star attraction of the sandwich, and maybe even The Kebab Shop as a whole.

Kudos are also due for the made-to-order falafel balls. The mini-sized orbs of fried garbanzo beans are so crunchy and delicious that it's tempting to eat them like popcorn chicken, but resisting temptation has its rewards. When all of the elements and different textures are combined, they're much greater than the sum of their parts. Crisp greens and juicy tomato set off the crunchy falafel, and the piquant garlic sauce is complimented by sprigs of fresh mint scattered throughout the salad mix. Holding it all together (or at least doing its darndest) is a flaky roll that squishes just enough to keep things mostly in place. You'll need some napkins and a little privacy while eating, but the mess is worth it.

With the new location in Little Italy location open, there are now four outposts to indulge your garlic cravings, including the original location in the East Village, Mira Mesa, and Encinitas.

Related:
Everyday Eats: Pad Thai Perfection at JWok
Everyday Eats: Sandwiches from Ida's B-Street Deli

About the author: Erin Jackson is obsessed with finding the best cheap and tasty eats in San Diego. She also blogs about the sweeter side of the city on her blog, San Diego Sugar.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags


Food and Drink

Restaurant reviews and food trends in San Diego

About This Blog

Restaurant reviews, food trends, top cocktails, wine, beer and generally the best eats and drinks in San Diego, with reporting (read: eating) lead by food editor Troy Johnson. Looking for the Erins? Erin Chambers Smith and Erin Meanley? Find their most recent musings over at the Around Town blog. And yes, we know that one needs a new name. We're working on it. 

Archives

Feed

Atom Feed Subscribe to the Food and Drink Feed »

Recent Posts

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

'Tis The Season

Winter in the desert cities

100 Works of Art to See Before You Die in San Diego

Local art critics, museum directors, and the big kahunas of the art world picked their must-see paintings, sculptures, and buildings with a special checklist just for you
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. 27 Reasons to Love San Diego
    Our annual list of all things San Diego and rad—from kiteboarding to urban farming to a city-wide book club
  2. Vote now: Best Restaurants 2015
    From best chefs to top tacos, you choose San Diego's best eats and drinks in 63 categories
  3. I Tried It: The New Jazzercise
    When I hear the word “Jazzercise,” neon leotards, leg warmers, headbands, and old ladies come to mind
  4. Get Fit & Have Fun in San Diego
    From doggie bootcamps to intense bodybuilding programs, it’s an exciting time to get in shape. What are you waiting for?
  5. R.I.P.: Mike "Bossman" Hardin
    The San Diego restaurant scene lost a legend last week when Mike “Bossman” Hardin of Hodad’s passed away
  6. Food Self-Righteousness Is For Assholes
    Gawker calls foie gras eaters lots of bad names. A response.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module