Falafel House: Best vegan food for your Louisville dollars

We entered hungry, and left only $25 lighter (including tax and tip).

I had the veggie plate which is a fabulous assortment of hummus, baba ganoush, dolmades (grape leaves stuffed with seasoned rice), a green salad, and three falafels.

The veggie plate is, in my opinion, the most beautifully presented thing at Falafel House. It’s rich in color and texture, a delight to see arriving at your table.

If you have never tried dolmades, you should. They are a perfect blend of tart and savory. Something delicious that’s too much trouble to make yourself. Let the pros do it.

Falafel House’s green salad is a wonderful mixture of fresh greens, chopped tomatoes, and banana peppers in what I believe is a homemade vinaigrette. Between this and the artful sprinkling of parsley, you get a lot of presentation for your money.

Best french fries across Louisville’s fast food enterprises

The crime partner fell of the veggie wagon and ordered the daily gyro special which is just under ten bucks and includes a huge portion of fries and a coke. This is his usual order. I exchanged a dolmade for the half of his fries that he couldn’t eat.

“I’ve never had a bad order of french fries here,” I noted, dipping a fry in ketchup.

“That’s because they make them to order,” explained the crime partner.

This might seem like business as usual, but if I had a dollar for every time I was served warmed over fries or fries that had been left under the lights long enough to get stale (Yes, I’m talking about you, Cheddars) or french fries that had been fried in old grease . . . well, I couldn’t retire, but I could probably afford that Victorian two-bathroom I’ve had my eye on.

Tip to local businesses: French fries are a near-religious experience for some of us. It’s my only junk food, and I indulge in them only twice a month or so. Do it right, or don’t serve fries.

So I’m pronouncing Falafel House the best fry maker in Louisville, after Cafe Classico. More on that later.

Whatever your religion

Whether you are looking for vegetarian food, vegan food, or Halal food, Falafel House on the corner of Bardstown and Baxter has you covered.

And I’m going to risk saying this: For some reform Jews, the difference between Halal and Kosher is more or less meaningless. Both practices refrain from pork and ensure that the chicken or cow is slaughtered humanely and swiftly, not allowed to bleed out or suffer in any other way.

Respect for animals is the enduring point of both Halal and Kosher. (If you disagree, I promise to publish your comment, so long as it stays on topic.)

I closed out my Falafel House ritual with five sips of the giant coke that was served with the crime partner’s special. That’s a really rich dessert. We got there at noon and didn’t need to eat again until seven.

 

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