Falafel Banin Johnny

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Tchernikhovski 2 (at Alenbi), Tel Aviv, Israel

Simple place offering falafel plus coated fried potatoes, and gluten-free dishes including pizza. Open Mon-Thu 9:30am-7:30pm, Fri 9:00am-2:00pm, Sun 9:30am-7:30pm.

Categories: Vegan, Mediterranean, Fast food, Take-out, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Kosher

6 Reviews

First Review by EllieStaton

Tasty fast-food - Edit

They do have gluten-free pita bread. :-)

Pros: Gluten-free options

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delicious old-school vegan falafel joint - Edit

Very pleased with this old-school falafel experience. The shop is very small, with seating for eight inside and space for a dozen or so outside, including public benches.

The falafel is fantastic. Be sure to order with chips (French Fries), as they are an excellent (& light) addition to the sandwich.

The chatter between the preparers and the customers is fun to be a part of as well - lots of jokes and laughs abound.

Pros: delicious, vegan, try the chips (french fries)!

Cons: small

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Smooth/Delicious Falafel - Edit

What Israeli Falafel and American Bagels share in common, is that they should be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Falafel banin is exactly that!

The Falafels here are little yellow balls (which you could eat like popcorn) that are really fresh, with a flavor and texture inside which is much smoother than the more commonly found green falafel balls,

Johnny, the owner (and the son of the original owners), is also a character who takes tremendous pride in his product. The first time I went in, I tried ordering without french fries and he strongly persuaded me to include them. Wow, was he right!!! These are no common instant fries, they are fresh potatoes fried up deliciously and one of the best parts of the meal.

This is a place with a steady stream of regular customers where you'll find the common folk of Israel, There's a reason this place has been a Tel Aviv Falafel institution for over 60 years, and hopefully it will be for another 60, as we say in Israel, Ad 120 (at least!)

Updated from previous review on 2017-06-19

Pros: Great flavors, Great authentic local experience, Kosher

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best falafel I've ever had - Edit

AMAZING amazing amazing. No other words to describe this place. Wow

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great falafels - Edit

The falafels were just melting down, omg soo amazing and I truly loved the sauce. For the extra I took the potatoes and I asked for gluten-free bread, do it beforehand if you need it and place itself is super small

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we really liked this place - Edit

the staff were so lovely and the falafel pitas were just what we hoped for, 17 shekel for one I think, fair price for tasty vegan fast food. we will most probably return during our short time in tel aviv. the included fried potato was the closest thing I've had to fish since becoming vegan!

Cons: like most similar places, it was a little bit dirt

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