Falafel’s Drive-In: Say Hello to Heaven in Pita Bread

2301 Steven’s Creek Blvd
San Jose CA, 95128
(408) 294-7886

Looking for an alternative to a burger?  Well say “Hello” to this new delectable offering!  While visiting Julie, her and I were able to try the Falafel Drive-In that I had seen on the Food Network.  It was featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” and needless to say, I was ready to jog here from Southern California to try them out.  Luckily I was able to book a flight up north and stop by on my visit.


What is the Falfel Drive-In? Well…falafel are chick peas that have been grounded up really fine, marinated with various seasonings that include cumen, parsley, etc and rolled up into a ball then fried.  The falfel drive-in then puts these fried falafel balls into a pita pocket with lettuce, cucumbers, tomato, tahini sauce (a sesame + yogurt mix that tastes sort of like a light ranch), and a spicy hot sauce.  The overall combination is like being able to eat ice cream for breakfast…it’s good, but probably not the right time to eat it.  If you are a vegetarian, you can eat here too.  I’m not going to lie, I’d eat this three times a day if I could.

The falfel balls are out of this world.  It’s very very crispy on the outside and soft on the inside…in three words: karate explosion good.  The middle has sort of a gritty taste, but not in a bad way, it’s definitely a good gritty taste.  The taste of the falafel is definitely one of a kind.  I can’t really compare it to anything I’ve had recently, but you have to try this place if you are up here in San Jose.


We also ordered a banana shake, which was good, but not super amazing.  Still good nonetheless and you can save yourself 50 cents if you order the falafel sandwich with the shake.  The price for a large falafel sandwich is $5.50 and a small falafel was $4.00.  I reccommend just getting the large because I saw an order of the small falafel and it’s expensive for $4.00.  Julie and I thought the pricing was fair for what it is, there aren’t too many places that sell falafel to begin with.  We also ate at another falafel joint, but that’s for another review…but frankly, this place reigns supreme thus far.  Fly here, drive here, jog here, ride a dinosaur here, hitch hike here, ride a camel here , crawl here, swim here via the pacific ocean then walk inland…do whatever it takes to get here because this is an experience not to be missed when in San Jose.


~ by thankgoditsfood on August 18, 2009.

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