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Best Falafel

Shapiro’s

7 W. Preston St., (443) 220-0051

First, how great is it that we can even have this category in Baltimore now, so long a desert for one of the best things ever to come from a chickpea? Shapiro’s opened earlier this year in the former Sylvan Beach Café space in Mount Vernon, almost immediately attracting a crowd. And it’s easy to see why. There’s plenty of good stuff on the menu—corned beef, lamb schwarma—but, hot damn, this is great falafel: irregular (read: not frozen and shipped) chunks of lightly seasoned chickpea mush fried carefully enough that the result is more hush puppy than vegetable-oil stone. And, even better, you can get one for $5.

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