New restaurant: Da Falafel King
A while ago, I wrote about Da Falafel King's second food stand/blue minibus in Moiliili. Now, it has a third location—this time, a more permanent brick-and-mortar spot next to Peace Cafe, making this block now home to two of my favorite small eateries.
At first, I was surprised that dine-in prices were $5 more than takeout prices, but once the friendly server brought out the salads, I understood. Dining in means bottomless little salad plates, like the Mediterranean version of banchan. On this visit, the kitchen dished out Moroccan-spiced carrots, a kidney bean salad, corn perked up with dill, pita wedges, tabbouleh, baba ganoush, and potato salad, all vibrant in color and taste.
The standard Da Falafel King items (all kosher, by the way) are here, including its famous crunchy, herby falafel, and shawarma with grilled lamb and chicken. Unique to this location is the Chef's Special—this time, Moroccan fish, a tilapia or salmon fillet topped with a cumin and paprika spiked tomato sauce. Even though you get pita already, don't leave without an order of fried pita chips—crisp, chewy, addictive.
$13 (falafel sandwich) to $20 (chef's special) for dine in.
Da Falafel King Restaurant, 2239 S. King St, 949-2239