Falafel Drive In
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- 55%Family Travelers
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Member Reviews (21)
- Falafel Drive InMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Mar 11, 2014
Looking for a quick bite to eat and convenient place to go near Valley Fair then Falafel's Drive In is the place.
Falafel sandwich and banana shake = falafel was okay, had better else where. Barely any hot sauce on the sandwich and the pita bread was soggy. However, the banana shake was good!
Gyro = loaded with meat but the pita bread was prickly thin so everything came apart.
Quality of the food was decent but it did not hit the spot. Service was fast and ready to go. The minute you order the food, you get it like a second later!
- Falafel Drive InDec 04, 2013
Like Jerry Lewis sang: Oh my lord, great balls of fire!
Like my buddy said, this "shizz is delicious."
Pretty much after a 6 hour drive from the OC to SJ, we were craving for food and we decided to trust in yelp. When we came here, the first thing I thought was, hippy ville. The vibe is totally hippy vibe up here. I guess socal, we call them surfers while in norcal, we call them stoners. :/.
As for the food, the falafel was the most delicious falafel I've ever had. The balls were so crispy as it feel apart in your mouth with each heavenly taste. It's as if God grabbed angels and threw them into a blender and turned them into balls. (Drools).
My buddy, got the gyro and the lamb was great as well. It was not as good as the falafel but it was still darn tasty. The tahini sauce went perfectly with the lamb. Also, we bought half sandwiches for both and it was pretty filling in my opinion.
Overall, my only complaint is that the sandwiches kept on falling apart. However, the best food is the kind that you have to fight for every bite. Makes it that much more tasty!
- Falafel Drive InCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Aug 10, 2013
Not the most picturesque place to eat, but it's cheap and they serve up some great falafel (I love, love, love falafel)! The atmosphere reminds me of old American diners, as seating areas are outside and you're facing a main street. I highly recommend this place for a snack if you happen to be in the area and are craving some unpretentious Mediterranean food.
- Falafel Drive InMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodiesJun 05, 2013
We'd heard a LOT about the Falafel Drive In... and not being a big falafel fan I wasn't sure what to think. It's a drive in ...just a little food stand but I would have to say that the falafel sandwich was fresh, crisp and tangy. I don't think you can go wrong by ordering the special. That's a large falafel sandwich and a banana shake for 8 bucks. Two people can easily split that for a great light lunch.
- Falafel Drive InMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 2Apr 02, 2013
This is one of those San Jose musts and I've found it surprising that it took me 25/26 years of my life to make it out there. Every time I've been I've stood in a long line in what always appears to be blistering hot weather. However, once you get that falafel, it's all worth it. It hits the spot. I'd also recommend the banana milk shakes. Not the first thing you'd expect to try with your falafel, but still pretty legit.
- Falafel Drive InAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 3Feb 27, 2013
Fast service, delicious food. Known for their falafel, kibbeh, gyro. They make all the falafel on site - it's super freshly fried and really tasty stuffed into their pita, some sauces, lettuce and tomato. Line can get long but they're super fast, hardly a wait.
- Falafel Drive InMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Dec 28, 2012
The falafels are yummy here! The small falafel sandwich is more than enough food. The lines can be long, but they have a seamless system in the kitchen so you practically get your food right after you order. Their milkshakes are a favorite, but make sure you go here for the falafels!
- Falafel Drive InMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesBackpackers+ 1Jul 17, 2012
As an enthusiast of falafels, Falafel Drive In didn't makes its mark in my book. I've had better falafels and pitas elsewhere.
We got to the place late afternoon, no line; in the 2 minutes it took us to decide what we were going to get a line formed! Luckily we beat the small crowd and got 2 falafel sandwiches, pita chips and a banana shake.
They top their sandwiches with a lot of lettuce and hot sauce. The falafel was dry and lacked flavor. The banana shake tasted exactly like a dry mix you can make at home.
Their outdoor seating had some heat lamps which were nice in the cold evening that we were there.
I will only be back if I'm dying for a falafel in the SJ area.