We don't blame you for missing National Falafel Day on June 12; it's not exactly the kind of holiday that attracts attention. But falafel is street food, and street food is summer food, so what better time to declare your love for these Mediterranean deep-fried balls of garbanzo goodness — the fried chicken of the vegetarian world? With so many great Mediterranean restaurants and food carts in Denver, how can you decide? We've done the hard work for you so you can stop searching and start eating. Here are the ten best places to get falafel in Denver, presented in alphabetical order.
10. Baba's Falafel
Baba's hit the streets at the end of 2012 and has been serving up creative falafel fare ever since. Not content with simple garbanzo balls on a plate, owners Dalia Hannah and Chris Hernandez serve falafel cones, boats, spring rolls and nachos. And if each delicious bite isn't enough of a mouthful for you, try saying "Falafeldilla." Still not enough? Dare to whisper the words "Caprese Falafeldilla" for a ridiculously tasty Med-Mex mashup of fresh mozzarella and savory falafel patties soaking up the goodness of tomato and basil.
9. Damascus Grill
1399 West Littleton Boulevard, Littleton
This popular Denver restaurant trio boasts some of the most delicious Mediterranean plates in the city. The Littleton location is a personal favorite; it's a hole in the wall, formerly Maynard Farms, transformed into Damascus in 2012. Colorful tapestry hanging from the ceiling sets the ambience, and a painted mural on the wall explains Damascus as the oldest city on Earth. The food speaks for itself. Do what we do, and build a perfect (and filling) meal with a hummus appetizer, grilled mushrooms and an aromatic falafel sandwich.
8. Falafel King
825 Colorado Boulevard
We all know that Falafel King once ruled the plant-based food empire in Denver,
but it's gotten some increasing competition of late. Still, you can't go wrong with these steaming balls of spicy goodness, whether on a platter, in a wrap or atop a crisp salad. The joint isn't called the King for nothing. 7. Farmer Girl
432 Main Street Lyons, CO
These falafel are unlike any on the list so far, because they incorporate an unusual blend of seasonal ingredients that somehow work in harmony — just like the bluegrass bands you'rel likely o encounter if you hang around Lyons long enough. Seasonal ingredients might include sweet butternut squash or carrots fresh from the field, served with a pesto made from the tops of those same carrots. We recommend frequent visits so you don't miss a single falafel.
Continue reading to find out five more of the best falafel spots in Denver.