Flying Falafel & Po-Boys

Cajun jambalaya with fried chicken, potato salad, and French bread.

When you hear “Mediterranean cuisine,” what do you think of?

While the term includes all nations lining the sea of the same name, like France and Italy, my thoughts always dwell on the Eastern coastal nations that share influences with the greater Middle East.

I think of curt, strong flavors such as lemon, yogurt, vinegar, and garlic. As someone who was raised on dishes flavored with meat fat, salt, or chili peppers, I don’t often find myself longing for Mediterranean dishes. Not surprising since I kind of loathe pickles.

Falafel wraps are an exception. Somehow the combination of falafels, pickled vegetables, hot sauce, and tahini tickle my fancy. It may have to do with the large of amount of hummus I devour in my day to day proceedings.

If you’re like me, you’d go to Flying Falafel when you’re craving that low-fat goodness. But go there for more than Mediterranean food. As the title implies, this little shop also serves up fresh and delicious Louisiana po-boys.

The shop is small and usually chilly- I love to sit outside on a nice day and bask in the sun while I eat.

Another star of the menu is the daily special. From Monday to Friday you can get dishes like Cajun jambalaya with perfectly cooked fried chicken (Wednesday) or chicken menssef (Thursday).

Two cons- the price is a little higher than I’m used to spending and the wait is a little long, although that never stops me from swinging by when I get a craving.

P.S. don't forget to use lots of Louisiana hot sauce.

 

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