Monday, May 07, 2007

Falafel king


The region's first falafel stand has opened in Manitou.

I stopped by the Heart of Jerusalem Cafe on Saturday and had a great sandwich for $5.

I loved that behind the order window, I could see what seemed to be most of the Abukhdeir family.


The young boy Ameer, who almost accidentally charged me $500 for my sandwich, was charming. He asked if I would put his name in the paper. (Hey, Ameer, at least it's on the blog.)

The food was great. I'd say it was spiced with the American Dream, but I'd certainly have my poetic license revoked.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Warren - consider your poetic license revoked. The Abu Khdeir family already found the American Dream. They are not recent arrivals from Jerusalem - they've lived in Colorado Springs for 9 or 10 years and before that in California for at least 12 years!

9:58 AM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...

My apologies to the family. I should have interviewed dad. I think when I asked Ameer where the family came from (He said, "Jerusalem") and when they came here ("A few weeks ago"), he was thinking Manitou and I was thinking America.

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Warren, sorry it is not the region's first falafel stand opened, there is one on austin bluffs and there is one on union and research and there is one on gleneagle area, so you may need to do some research for that, thank you

8:57 AM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...

Where? Actual stands?! Not gyro restaurants?

To me, there's a difference between a Greek place that serves falafels and a real falafel stand.

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is really falafel stands and by the way heart of jerusalem is not a falafel stand, im not against them, they have a very good falafel, i tried it my self, but they are a cafe, there liscence said that, but the greek guy do as good falafel as their falafel, try it then judge, please it is not personal it is just an opinion

1:17 PM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...

What are the name of these places?

I'd like to mention them. Not to get crazy with semantics, but I consider Heart of Jerusalem a "stand" because it has just a window, open to the outside. No inside seating.

That would make it a stand, as opposed to a cafe or cart.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Nasser Mohieddin said...

Interesting debate...but I can promise you that if the falafel is made by an Abukhdeir it is quite different from the Greek or Lebanese style. Palestinian falafel is usually deep fried longer so it is crunchier and the spices are slightly different. Its all a matter of taste, but if you want some unarguably good falafel, go to East Jerusalem and visit a guy named Abu Shenab in the town of Shu'fat ;)

If that is too far, I hate to say this, but there is an Israeli place near NYU that makes it quite well. Its right south of Washington square, I forget the name.

http://www.abukhdeir.net

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Brooke said...

Warren, your debate was excellent and I intend to visit that resturant. That boy Ameer A. is my friend from school and he is a great boy!!

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I drove to the Springs today from Boulder and I found this place to be very good. The owner and his wife are VERY friendly. I come from the Dearborn Michigan area and this is as good if not better than alot of the food there.I dont care where they came from, they're ARAB and thats all that matters. I know I wont go to there stand and be served by a mexican. She(the wife) is an outstanding cook, and I hope they move there company up to the Boulder area. I will be the number 1 customer.

10:38 PM  

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