It’s tucked away, but worth it!
Its been a while, faithful blog readers. I’ve been all over, and finally made it back to New Orleans, though I may have to leave soon. The last entry was about good falafel, but you had to travel all the way to the wilds of Saint Bernard parish to get it. Now I’m back in the eighth ward, and a falafel place opened up in the back of one of my favorite convenience stores!
Family Farm is a great little shop, though the produce selection is pretty limited so the name is misleading. It’s right across from the bigger and more well known Quickys, but the dudes at Quickys have been real jerks to me and my friends a few times so I try not to give them my business. Family Farms prices are mostly the same, though the selection is smaller, they’re really nice guys that work there.
Menu is on the Door
The falafel place that opened in Family Farm is called Mr. Gyro’s Mediterranean Cuisine. It’s not inside Family Farm, it’s towards the back of the parking lot, sort of weirdly close to the dumpster. It’s just an open window that you order at. Don’t let the weird location fool you though – you can’t sit down to eat at a table, but the food is really great. I’m excited to know there’s good Middle Eastern food an easy walk from my house!
My biggest fear at any restaurant is that it’s mostly pre-made Sysco or Restaurant Depot stuff. I was prepared to be disappointed in this way by Mr. Gyros. But no way! The Baba Ghanoush was definitely homemade, and full of eggplanty flavor without being too smokey. Some places need to learn to go easy on the liquid smoke in their ghanoush but not Mr. Gyros! That was our appetizer but we each got a sandwich too. I ate the shakshouka and my friend got the falafel.
I’d never had shakshouka before but it’s so good! I’m not always a huge egg person but the shakshouka reminded me of the best parts of Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine – simple, good ingredients mixed together with just a bit of spices often taste way better than some elaborate French concoction that takes forever to make and requires a million ingredients. It was almost like a really good breakfast burrito! I’m looking forward to walking over there and getting a shakshouka on some hungover morning in the future.
I only had a few bites of the falafel but it was incredible. Not frozen, not overfried, crispy on the outside but soft in the center. The wraps on both sandwiches were pretty standard, but what was inside them really stood out. Was the falafel better than Stella Maris? No, but it came close enough for Mr. Gyros to definitely win “Best Convenient Falafel Place in New Orleans,” which is a very coveted award. The food was prepared quickly, you can order online, the prices are decent and the guy working there was sweet. Check out Mr. Gyros Mediterranean Cuisine, tucked away in the Family Farm parking lot!
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