truly the best falafel. wonderfully spiced and always fresh out of the fryer (yes, that means you'll have to wait a few minutes for your order). Nilufar herself works the counter and she's such a gem - always remembers you and your order.
I always get takeout but there are several tables for those eating in.
p.s. you can always ask for have extra falafel balls in your sandwich/with your meal!!! I think they're 50 cents a piece.
I was really excited to see a pre-made sushi combo marked as gluten-free (complete with gluten-free soy sauce!), but I was disappointed by the quality. two pieces of salmon nigiri and an assortment of rolls - salmon/avocado/smoked salmon, smoked salmon/cream cheese/avocado, and a clementine/smoked salmon/avocado thing with some dry, stringy bits of crab. I don't like smoked salmon -- didn't realize there was so much of it in the box. The raw salmon tasted like it had been sitting in a freezer for ages, and the smoked salmon was overwhelmingly fishy. Usually Sushi Shop is pretty good -- I'll probably try a different location next time.
atmosphere is hectic. clientele is 22 year old girls celebrating birthdays or ladies night. margaritas are $11.
fish tacos were too fishy. I don't know about the beef tacos because they brought me pork tinga instead (spicy, smoky, watery.)
the refried beans were great, but overall, I'm disappointed
I had an everything bagel with cream cheese, a ham & cheese croissant, and a coffee.
the bagel was waaayyyy too heavy/dense and the cream cheese was one of those tiny single-serving pods of philadelphia. not enough cream cheese, especially considering the heft of the bagel.
no milk for the coffee. anywhere in the bakery! they had no milk at all. half & half or creamer, though.
I will dream of Rise's croissants for the rest of my gluten-free life. I've been gluten-free for 7 years and I've never had a gf croissant and omg omg omg omg omg omg Rise has DONE IT and deserves a medal. I'm going back for one right now.
THIS is where you go for arepas. Quality arepas, quality toppings. The pork can be a bit dry (both smoked and roasted), but just pour on some more sauce, or stuff your salad in there (each arepa comes with a small salad). The black bean soup is a nice appetizer if you're there for dinner, and the sweet plantains are always a hit. Lots of vegetarian and vegan options, as well as gluten-free. The mushroom arepa is great.
Would have 5 stars if they served alcohol and if the pork was moister!
Come for a quick bite with low'ish expectations and you'll leave satisfied. Because even a bad arepa is good. The fillings leave a lot to be desired (most of the veggies/beans appear to be straight out of the can), but the guys stuffing your arepas are really generous with the quantities.
Sometimes I get the roast pork and the ham and add cheese and garlic sauce and pretend it's a cuban sandwich, which it definitely isn't, but you know what? Who cares.
tip: ask for plantains in your arepa.
Quarter leg meal with one of those guarana antarctica sodas. why order anything else anywhere else?
Bring it to the park (cross Rachel and go down Bouillon for a minute), and clean up after yourself!
If you're worried it's going to be busy, call ahead and pick it up from the right side of the window where you usuall place your order.