Haifa Falafel is a family-owned Mediterranean restaurant tucked away in a shopping plaza near the Ypsilanti border. They have been in business for about four years and are one of the area’s best kept secrets for quality Middle Eastern food.
Detroit Vegetarian Examiner Kala Kumar wants the world to know just what great food they have. “Haifa Falafel makes the best falafel sandwiches in southeast Michigan. Maybe in the entire U.S.!” says Kumar.
Haifa Falafel specializes in falafels and sandwiches. They also have a good selection of salads, hummus plates, and typical Middle Eastern side dishes like majadara and grape leaves. While they are not completely vegetarian, at least half of their options are vegetarian or vegan and they can accommodate people with food allergies. The food is fresh and reasonably priced with dishes averaging around $6. What separates this restaurant from others is the portion size and presentation of the food.
“The food is great!” exclaims Frank Hicks Healy, member of Adventures in Veganland, a local social group for vegetarians, vegans, and veg-curious folks. “They have a beautiful presentation and the food is not greasy and super healthy.”
Haifa Falafel has a cozy atmosphere with throwback furniture; it’s a café that makes you feel like your sitting in your grandmother’s dining room. You order at the counter and they call you when your food is ready. You also set and bus your own table. Haifa Falafel offers dine-in, delivery, and carry-out. They also offer varying specials, including group lunch delivery to area hospital and university staff and students.
Ali Usman, owner of Haifa Falafel, has seen the restaurant gain ground over the years and looks to the future with great optimism. The word is particularly getting out about their falafels. “People drive all the way from Dearborn to have our falafel,” states Usman proudly.
So if you’re looking for the best falafel in town or just want to fill up on good food for a great price, give Haifa Falafel a try. Then you can help spread the word about Ann Arbor’s best kept secret for Middle Eastern cuisine!
Haifa Falafel is located at 4585 Washtenaw, Suite 2 in Arbor. They are open Monday through Thursday 10 am to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 11 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 9 pm. 734-677-4410