The great part of Mediterranean food, as opposed to other regional cuisines, is it has a longer history and is probably infused with more cultural diversity. Falafels are so delicious it makes sense that every culture would want to claim it for its own.
What’s not to love? A patty of soft, savory and perfectly seasoned pureed chickpeas fried just so they are crispy on the outside served on a warm pita with house hummus, shredded lettuce, tomato, pickled Persian cucumbers and tahini sauce.
THE FALAFEL IS a PART of ISRAEL’s BRAND
It is safe to say that Israel has popularized falafels and so much so that it is a cuisine that has become a part of their cultural identity. According to Israel’s oldest newspaper, Haaretz, “[the] Falafel is so synonymous with Israeli food that the Israeli Ministry of Information and Diaspora Affairs has even asked Israelis to explain to people abroad that Israel has plenty more to offer…”
EGYPT HAS the McFALAFEL
Yep if you go to a McDonald’s in Egypt you can get the McFalafel—by popular demand. According to AdAge, It has been a hit on the menu since 2001. It should be noted they tried to introduce the McFalafel to Israel and it flopped.
Not only does Israel and Egypt claim to adore the falafel as a part of their diet, both also claim to have invented the falafel. There is a third contender. India.
INDIA INVENTED the FALAFEL?
This is where it gets a little stickier. Falafels, as we know them today, are made with chickpeas, India is on record of having a version made with fava beans. Depending on your definition of the falafel, credit could also go to India.
WHEREVER the FALAFEL CAME FROM, PORTLAND HAS IT
If you love the falafel we have it on our Mediterranean Menu. In fact we have multiple ways for you to enjoy the falafel. We have our Veggie Mezza appetizer, our Falafel Sandwich, our Super Falafel Sandwich, and you can add falafel to any of our five salads; Greek Salad, Caesar Salad, Kale Salad, Toubouli and Caprese Salad.
We admit we are biased when it comes to the best falafels in Portland. Visit our new Greek Mediterranean restaurant in Portland. Not only do we offer some of the best Greek food, (we were voted Number 1 Gyro in Portland) but we are also one of the few halal restaurants in the city. Please check out our food carts and call 971-328-2041 for catering.