There are plenty of options in Toronto when it comes to finding the best falafel. Falafel is a classic Middle Eastern food that is best enjoyed as a snack or stuffed in a pita. The origins and history of the falafel are contentious. A common street food, some say the falafel arose in Egypt but is a typical food throughout the Levant.
It consists of a mixture of fresh herbs, spices, chickpeas, fava beans or a combination of both. It’s then rolled into the shape of a ball or patty and dropped into the fryer, which gives it that crispy outer shell.
With a crisp golden exterior and a vibrant green filling of fresh herbs on the inside -- this contrast of flavours and textures defines the perfect falafel. A fried chickpea ball served either wrapped in pita with tahini or on its own -- both induce immediate cravings. There are several spots to grab falafel around the city but here are our favourites for the Middle Eastern snack.