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Mamoun's restaurant from New York saves the day for Dallas falafel fans

Mamoun's restaurant from New York saves day for Dallas falafel fans

Mamoun's Falafel
Mamoun's has received the endorsement of many a celebrity. Courtesy photo

The time draws near for more falafel in Dallas: Mamoun's Falafel, the oldest falafel restaurant in New York, will open its first Dallas location in the West Village in Uptown at 3839 McKinney Ave. It's going into the former PD Johnson space, between Eagle Post and Edohana Sushi, and is set to open in the fall.

Mamoun Chater founded his eponymous concept in New York's Greenwich Village in 1971. Using authentic Syrian recipes, he built a menu starring the namesake falafel, plus shawarma, hummus, baba ganouj, and baklava.

While Dallas-Fort Worth has its share of Middle Eastern restaurants, its falafel quota remains relatively low. The local falafel scene took a hit in May when Amsterdam Falafelshop, the vegan-friendly falafel chain from Washington, D.C., shut down its only local outlet in Deep Ellum. Falafel fans everywhere must support the falafel.

Mamoun's has earned a reputation in New York and beyond for its traditional Middle Eastern cuisine, with long lines day and night and celebrity sightings, the two modern-day affirmations of greatness.

It was featured in the book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, spotlighted on the Food Network, and has earned praise from various musicians, actors, comedians, and other celebrities throughout the years.

There are six locations in New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut, but the chain recently partnered with Fransmart, the franchise company that's helped launch chains such as Five Guys Burgers and Fries, The Halal Guys, and Qdoba Mexican Grill, to achieve world domination. Dallas will be the first of many franchised Mamoun's Falafel restaurants to open in the United States. We're No. 1!