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Hallelujah! House of Falafel Soft Opens in Petworth

by Prince Of Petworth February 7, 2014 at 11:30 am 43 Comments

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221 Upshur Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

House of Falafel is finally open!!!
We are enjoying our falafel sandwiches now. Looks like a good menu and Nasir (spelling?) told us about additional specials he hopes to add when he is running full steam. SO excited he has finally opened his falafel shop to the neighborhood!”

Ed. Note: Looks like hours will eventually be 11am-9pm. Thanks to all who sent emails.

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  • Anonymous

    Looks yummy! Online menu?

  • Anonymous

    Any chance of delivery?

    • ZetteZelle

      The website has a “for delivery call” phone number.

      • Anonymous

        On the one hand falafel delivery could be a real game changer (no more shitty pizza or greasy chinese). On the other, they’d have to be really fast, or else it would be all soggy. God, I am so lazy.

  • Oh man that looks great. I foresee stopping here with unhealthy frequency.

  • neighborly

    Hurray! I hope they deliver.

  • the totten.

    this place is gloriously close to my house. FALAFEL BE MINE!

  • Alan

    Exciting. I’m an Amsterdam loyalist but if this is good it would be just as convenient and I could avoid the Adams Morgan crowds.

  • Broken Jaw

    Can’t wait to put this in my blender!

  • kken

    Another destination to bike up to in Petworth!

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  • jch

    do they still do the food truck?

  • Anonymous

    Awesome! Can’t wait to check it out. Welcome to the neighborhood.

  • Anonymous

    Price range?

  • rayul445

    the picture is just plain evil….as I sit here at my desk w/ an apple and yogurt. There goes my diet…but if I walk my dog to and fro will that counter the effects of that delish falafel?

    • Anonymous

      My rule is that if the walk is 20 min or more you can eat what you want. So you may have to take the dog around the block again, and everybody wins!

  • Anonymous

    They have a high-end espresso machine in there and sell espresso drinks!

  • Anonymous

    I just had a decent mocha there. The owner reports they have wifi as well. Once they staff up, he says they will have breakfast options too.

  • Anonymous

    Is it as good as Amsterdam Falafelshop? I consider them the gold standard for falafel in DC.

  • Izz

    Does anybody know if it is halal or not?

    • Anonymous

      Nothing on their website mentions whether their meat is halal… but felafel is obviously!

  • don

    I HEART falafel! trying this today. Yum!

  • Anonymous

    There is a lot more to this place than just good falafel. I just got a combo platter that was delicious and I made two meals out of it. When I was waiting for my food to be ready, the owner gave me a sample of the coffee and it’s also of very high quality. He says that his supplier roasts the beans for him when he orders it.

  • Tim

    Made sure I got there for lunch today. It was well worth it. I had a falafel platter and left incredibly satisfied. I’m a skeptic when it comes to falafel shops. This is worth the visit and a good addition to the neighborhood. They are new so it will take some time to get everything going, but they seem committed to making their customers happy!

  • wobber

    we went today. So disappointing. We wanted to like this place so bad too.
    I ordered the lamb gyro 8$. It was wrapped in a cold tortilla, instead of the bread pictured above and had little if any taziki sauce and it was cold. Not, cold like, it cooled down, it was never warmed up. $4 for a small bowl of french fries…
    we won’t be back

    • 1- Our wraps come ether on a pita or a tortilla you should specify.
      2- if it is cold like claimed, why you did not say so?

      • Anonymous

        why would you ever serve a gyro on a tortilla???

        • Anonymous

          and even worse, why would it ever be the DEFAULT option so that you have to ask for pita instead? that is crazy!

          • Anonymous

            It’s cheaper. That does seem like a rather suspect move.

          • Anon

            For what it is worth, t was not default when I went (same day as above poster), I received pita. May have merely been a miscommunication or something vice intent to deceive. It was really good.

  • Mike

    I’m not 100% sure, but the guy behind the counter looks just like a guy who has operated coffee and food trucks outside the GWU library for years. If so, better not let him catch you going to any other falafel joints. He was notoriously jealous of competition and would hassle his regulars for going to other vendors.

  • De La

    We stopped in and got dinner to go tonight – it was fabulous! We had a chicken pita and a falafel pita and both were great. We chatted with the owner for a good bit, he was super friendly and said they are excited for their soft opening but of course still working out kinks and will probably do their official opening in maybe two weeks. We had a great experience and great meal. I’m really happy they are in the neighborhood, give them a try its yum!

    • Anonymous

      did you have to specifically ask for your pita like the guy above?

      • De La

        No we did not have to ask – when we ordered they said there were two bread options, pita or tortilla and asked which we wanted (no price difference). Personally, I don’t think it is some effort to be cheap, its probably about catering to what people want nowadays (lower carb/less bread). I think a lot of people will be glad to have a tortilla option. We were presented both options when we ordered, they did not default to tortilla. It was really good – and I hope people do remember this is soft opening, it is the time to work out the kinks (not that we personally saw any).

  • Katie

    Went there today for the first time. I’m so excited that there is somewhere near by to eat falafel. Great food! And came back for dinner !

  • Naceur,
    We all want this business to succeed. Here are a few tips:
    1. Create specific “scripts” for the counter staff, especially around menu items that come with options. The phrasing can help manage the customer’s response. Example: “Lamb gyro, great. Do you want that on a traditional warm pita or a low-carb tortilla?”
    2. The lamb gyro pieces I had were a little tough. Why not use thin strips shaved from a large piece of meat?
    3. Add more sauce to the gyro, or at least give the customer some extra sauce on the side.
    4. There are a lot of empty display pieces surrounding the counter. Until you have something to display in them, don’t put them on the counter. It looks cluttered and emphasizes the fact that you’re not quite ready.
    5. Four dollars for a side of fries is too expensive. Drop the price, please. Also, the fries were quite good.
    6. Figure out how you’ll package everything for take-out, since I anticipate that this restaurant will have lots of take-out business.

    Again, these suggestions are given with the hope of your success.

  • MrsK

    We’ve been waiting so long for this place to open up. Tried it on Saturday and while the service was a bit discomboulated, it’s a soft opening and they are working out the kinks. Food was delicious (even the low fat tortilla), and it did make 2 meals. Look forward to a falafel platter joining the menu options, and hoping for some outside tables when the weather finally warms up again.

  • Petworth Neighbor

    My husband brought home a very tasty falafel pita sandwich and seasoned fries. We can’t wait for the burek!

  • Oh hell yes. A falafel place within walking distance? Definitely checking this place out later this week.

  • Ruth

    We went just before closing on Sunday night for the vegetarian platter — they carefully packaged everything in our Tupperware container (we brought to avoid the styrofoam) and it was delicious. Falafel were awesome taste and texture and the salad was perfectly dressed. The pita could have been a little warmer (though we did carry it 5 blocks in cold weather), and maybe a little more veggies/flavor in the couscous.

    The place is nicely decorated with photos from Tunisia. Agree with above commenter that removing extra display cases/containers would help the place look less “unfinished”, although as Naceur says, it’s just the soft opening.

  • yigalelohev

    Will definitely check this place out!

  • Anonymous

    I went here last weekend and thought it was great. I look forward to many more meals to come.


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