You want fries IN that? Chrissy Camba at Falafill

A sandwich with the weirdest places

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By David Hammond

When I was in Lyon, France, earlier this year, I had this odd "taco" that I'd seen advertised all over the city, mostly at Middle Eastern kebab places (I've written about it before, here). This sandwich was basically a flour tortilla, griddled on a Panini press, containing kofte (a lamb/beef blend), a few other ingredients like North African harissa, and most strikingly, French fries.

Having French fries in a sandwich may strike one as odd, but you'll get fries in your falafel at Falafill when you order this month's celebrity chef sandwich. The featured chef, Chrissy Camba of Pastoral, sez this composition was inspired by her "first street cart falafel in New York."

In the 90s, I was a little taken aback to see people in Manhattan street-scarfing pizza topped with pasta: carb on carb seemed so wrong. But perhaps this is the way it's done in NYC. One may need to carbo-load to keep the energy up in the city that never sleeps. The carb-on-carb approach is apparently also the way of New York street vendors of falafel.

Camba's sandwich-of-the-month contains braised eggplant, which is a super addition to the sandwich, and hummus, which is honestly a little more carb (not to mention chickpea) than I need in this thing.

Overall, the sandwich seemed a touch under-salted, which makes it a perfect complement to the very salty offerings on the mezze bar.

For about seven bucks, Falafill consistently delivers one of the more interesting lunches in the area…but there's a better deal across the street, if deals are what you're after, and I usually am.

At Falafill, for every "charity sandwich" sold, one dollar goes to Daphne Zepos Teaching Award foundation.


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