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Falafel Drive-In
is a San Jose institution. It's been around ever since I can remember, but I'm ashamed to say that I had never been there, even though my childhood dentist is right around the corner. FAIL!!! Looks like they've upgraded their sign recently, but I doubt much has changed since a couple, Anton and Zahie Nijmeh, opened in 1966. Their children run it now, according to their website.

On my way back from the dentist last week, I finally decided to stop here for lunch. Look at this line!

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They have a plethora of Mediterranean dishes on the menu- here are the greatest hits. Love the photos that accompany the items.

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As you can see on the top right of the above pic, they have a list of "Specials". A large falafel with a banana shake for $7.50? Count me in.

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The banana shake was THA BOMB! See those little brown speckles? That means they use real bananas! I didn't ask what else is in it but it was creamy and awesome. My food consultant Solmaz bets it's just milk and ice and bananas.

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The large falafel was... HUGE!

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Falafel, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers and tahini.

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Check out the falafel!!! It's green! These were incredible- fried but not all greasy. Fluffy and light. HOT as hell.

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Special hot sauce. More sweet than hot, but I love me some homemade hot sauce.

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How much did I enjoy my extra-large falafel??

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This spot was on the Food Network show Diners Drive-Ins and Dives. Has anyone seen the show?

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Man Jose loves Falafel Drive-In!

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FALAFEL DRIVE-IN
2301 Stevens Creek Blvd
San Jose, CA 95128
T: 408.294.7886
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3 comments

  • nice pics, kay!

    erin on

  • Looks great! I remember this place being featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Saw the episode 5 times already and it looks really good. Need to try it someday.

    EatTravelEat on

  • they were on diners, drive-ins, and dives recently… looks like some seriously delish falafel.

    kayce. on

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