Friday, February 10, 2012

Frugal Floozie Friday - Haifa Falafel

Today's Frugal Floozie Friday feature is Haifa Falafel, a friendly and welcoming restaurant offering "Mediterranean cuisine made the Haifa way."

Several of the salads and sandwiches cost less than our mandatory $5 period, let alone $5 per person. It was difficult to choose among the variety, from a pita burger to traditional falafal to chicken shawarma.

But I was in the mood for something unique and different, so I ordered the Majadara Sandwich for $4.82, which offered nutritious lentils and caramelized onions. Sandwiches also come with a tremendous variety of accompaniments: tahini, hummus, garlic spread, Haifa sauce, tomatoes, onion, cucumbers, pickles, cabbage, lettuce and carrots ... whew! Each bite brought different flavors and textures; it was crisp, salty, spicy, vibrant, sweet, crunchy and exceptionally good!

The sandwich was absolutely enormous, and could easily have been halved and shared with someone else. (As it was, I ate half for dinner and then saved the rest for breakfast the next day; it was fabulous both times.) If sharing the meal, you could also buy a couple of the lovely desserts - baklava, rice pudding or mahalabia (milk pudding) - for $2.50 each and still stay within our budget.
For a quick, nutritious meal at a Frugal Floozie Friday price, I highly recommend Haifa Falafel!

Haifa Falafel
4585 Washtenaw
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

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Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Wow, Mary, that looks delicious! I'll be sure to get one when next in Ann Arbor (well, eventually). Have to see if our friends there know the place.

Cranberry Morning said...

If I lived in the area, I would definitely be there for lunch! Just your mouthwatering list of accompaniments was enough to sell me, let alone that gorgeous photo.

Candace said...

That looks soooooo good!

Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z said...

I just love reading about your $5 or under meals.. it's amazing to me how you find them.. We adore Middle Eastern food and especially Majadara.. If I ever get to Ann Arbor I'll know where to eat!

Chris said...

Sounds like my kind of place! Unique, great ingredients, and you get a lot for your money.

Daniel Saraga said...

that looks like a great sandwich. I love how those middle-Eastern sandwiches come with all of those salads stuffed inside. So tasty (and soooo messy).

My biggest question is: do they put fries in the sandwich (in the felafel or shawarama)? I first had shawarama and felafel with fries in the sandwich in Jerusalem (along with the other salads in there..). It was great.

I was a bad boy when I visited Haifa: I had the ham sandwich ;-)

(seriously, I'll send you the picture)

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