If you plan to delve into the delicious realm of Middle Eastern cuisine, falafel is a tasty place to start. These deep-fried balls or patties made of ground chickpeas come packed with spices and are often accompanied by pickles, tahini sauce and warm pita bread. They're filling and easy to love.
Coliseum Deli and Market
If you're on campus at Virginia Commonwealth University, stop here for takeout. The falafel wrap holds a variety of veggies and soft, mild patties with good flavor. 1335 W. Broad St., 359-4480.
There's top-notch falafel here; try the salad, which comes dressed with tahini and boasts plenty of large, warm patties with excellent flavor. If you're in the mood, rent a hookah. 801 W. Broad St., 359-8500.
Mediterranean Bakery and Deli
Veggies and a tahini-parsley sauce surround pleasantly spiced falafel wrapped in pita at this lavish Middle Eastern deli, which also encompasses a large grocery section and a wide seating area where you're welcome to eat and take in the surroundings. 9004 Quioccasin Road, 754-8895.
The Phoenician Restaurant
Marvel at the lavishly adorned dining room and enjoy fabulous falafel at this Lebanese restaurant on Broad Street. Huge, richly spiced patties are speckled with whole sesame seeds and come with a side of tangy herbed tahini sauce. 4401 W. Broad St., 359-5590.
2M Mediterranean Market and Deli
Choose from several options: The falafel platter, wrap and salad all satisfy. You'll also find friendly service and a selection of Middle Eastern groceries, including spices and a flavorful Lebanese olive oil. 7103 Staples Mill Road, 262-9950.