March 21, 2007
Cuisine: Vegetarian, Middle Eastern, Kosher
18 S 20th St, Philadelphia 19103
Btwn Ludlow St & Ranstead St
Mama’s Sandwich – Falafel served with Hummus and Vegetable ($5)
Mama’s Vegetarian is a small Kosher restaurant located half a block from my office building. I’ve walked by this eatery at least twice a day for the past two years and finally sampled their delights last week for lunch. Although Mama’s menu is pretty limited, their offerings are masterfully executed.
Joined by my colleague Ricky, we both ordered Mama’s Sandwich. I had the large size, while Ricky had the small ($3.50). The difference between the large and small sandwich is two Falafel and half a pita. Both of us opted to have our sandwiches made with whole wheat pita with all the fixings minus the spicy sauce. Our pita pockets were filled to the brim with cabbage, tomatoes, hummus, cucumber, Tahini sauce, and of course, Falafel.
The sandwich was delicious! Each bite was filled with fresh vegetables, creamy hummus, and fragrant Tahini. The Falafel was especially memorable. It’s exterior was crisp and interior was warm and savory. I liked how the freshly fried Falafel contrasted with the cold sauces and vegetables. Ricky had never tried Falafel before and enjoyed his sandwich immensely. In fact, he purchased another one to go.
I wish I had tried Mama’s sooner.