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I was driving to White Marsh Mall to go check out a couple of things during the afternoon. My stomach was hungry and asking for food. I didn't want a hamburger from 5 Guys, although delicious, I didn't want it to weigh on me all day. Subway, well, the same ole subway on not so fresh bun... ummm NO! Pizza, not really but I did see a place that seemed interesting, Zoes Kitchen (Fresh Made Mediteranean), interesting. It was a fast food joint, I went in not knowing what to expect. The menu was clean and not overly populated with tons of meals to choose from. They had a Falafel bowl. For all those that don't know what a Fallafel is, its fried chick peas with parsley, onion, garlic and a whole bunch of other herbs combined into a mesh that is scooped out and fried. It's simply delicious for a non meat item. The bowl came with baked Falafel, Greek tzatziki, Israeli skhug, Mediterranean relish and fresh dill. It was wonderful but I have to say that fried Falafel is not the same when its baked. They could have pre fried them beforehand and refry according to the demand. And there was no parsley in the Falafel. Parsley is an integral part of the flavor of Falafel. I know they want to offer healthy but not frying the Falafel and offering it baked is a mistake.
I will visit Zoes again. But right now because the Fallaffel was fried and had no parsley on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the best I give it a 3. What's a Falafel without parsley and deep fried? It's the star attraction. If the intent was that people may not like the flavor, then you are doing a disservice to those that know and love Falafel.
By Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com