I’ve been to my share of drive-ins that serve up burgers, tacos, doughnuts, you name it. But falafels? That’s got to be a new twist.
Actually, Falafel’s Drive In has been a San Jose fixture since Anton and Zahie Nijmeh opened the place in the mid-1960s. Now, they’ve got it down to a science.
No sooner do I order, and pay for, my $4.25 falafel half sandwich, than the server is handing me this generous pita stuffed with parsley-speckled, crispy chickpea balls and family-recipe tahini and hot sauce. Ten minutes after I drive in, I’ve finished off this savoury dish and drive out, well satisfied and ready to hit the road again.
Falafel’s Drive In
2301 Stevens Creek Boulevard, San Jose, California
Monday to Saturday 10 am-8 pm, Sunday 10 am-6 pm