This month's celebrity chef sandwich at Falafill was created by Heather Terhune, who you might have seen on "Top Chef Texas" or at her Chicago restaurant, Sable Kitchen and Bar.
December's featured sandwich contains Falafill's regular curry falafel, made here with ground yellow lentils rather than chickpea or fava bean flour (the latter more common in Egypt). Dressing the crisp lentil balls are yellow raisins, granny smith apples, nuts and celery – a kind of Middle Eastern Waldorf salad sandwich...with some falafel involved.
This is a good effort, but I have to say, I struggled to detect the flavor of falafel in the welter of tastes going on in these sandwiches.
Now, if I ate falafel more than once every month or two, I'd probably jump at the chance to try a variation on what would, by that point, probably have become a tired taste. But I find the taste of the falafel (from whatever legume or pulse) to be very pleasant, and it's easy to lose that flavor when there's so much going on in the sandwich.
But that's pretty much what you have to expect with these celebrity sandwiches. The chefs, all stars of varying magnitudes, must feel pressure to put their mark on what's already a very good sandwich.
The result is usually a very complex bite, and even when I'm not 100% in love with these monthly Falafill sandwiches, they're always interesting…and well worth the $6.50 or so to try.