3143 Glendale Blvd
Atwater Village, California 90039
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Besha Rodell Falafel sandwich


  • Daily, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Vegetarian Friendly
The offerings at Dune are simple: falafel, a lamb meatball sandwich and a veggie sandwich. You order at a back counter from a menu scrawled on a mirrored wall, then look for seating along the wall or outside at tables on the sidewalk. There are a few side dishes, such as a plate of house-made pickles. But mainly you’re here for the falafel. Presented on stretchy, slightly charred bread that’s grilled to order, Dune’s falafel balls are large and crispy yet soft on the inside. They sit atop a smear of hummus, a handful of fresh herbs, pickles and a smattering of thin, fried potato spears. The falafel itself is made without flour, which makes it less bready and spongy than some. It’s a glory of a sandwich, tangy and warm and satisfying on multiple levels. The term “best falafel in town” has been thrown around, and I’m not one to disagree. There’s house-made pickled mango on the counter to add a kick of sweet/sour to any dish, and super-tart, fresh lemonade to go along with your meal. Is there a downside? This is a teeny operation, with people making bread and frying falafel to order, and food can take a long time if you’re there at peak times. The wait is worth it. —Besha Rodell

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