There are all of these little hole in the wall joints all around in Broad Ripple, from chinese to burgers to sandwiches and gyros. We really have not tried any of them since we moved here because we are always so wrapped up in all of the restaurant options. And, I think you know, there are MANY options to partake in. Before we moved here we had a go to gyro place that never disappointed, but was a total hole in wall that also sold hooka pipes, mediterranean canned goods and some kick butt baklava. Random, I know, but it was good. Gyros Plus...we do miss you, but we must move on.
Moving on for now is Al-Basha on Broad Ripple Ave. It looked hole in the wallish enough to consider, so we gave it a go. Surprisingly, masked by its shopping strip facade and its location next to a head shop, a running store, a breakfast place and a chinese take-out restaurant, it was MUCH cleaner and nicer than our old stand-by Gyros Plus (in Gainesville, FL), ever dreamed of being. So, good start. I don't mind eating at not-so-clean places, sometimes the food is just that good. But, I'm not gonna fault a place for being clean and having nice tables to sit at!!
I of course had to order what I ordered at my old fav, just for comparisons sake...and I think it's pretty well established that when it comes to my favorite foods, I find it very difficult to stray. I very typically find my most favorite things to order at each restaurant I go to and will only order that item at that place. It's comforting, and there are rarely surprises that way. When I'm hungry, I get grumpy...I have to like what I eat or there are troblems (= troubles & problems).
I digress, the food. Hubs and I both ordered the falafel sandwich combo. Falafel sandwich, obvs, french fries and a beverage.
My bad, I totally forgot to take a picture before I started devouring. Although, in hindsight, I think this may have worked out better so you can see the falafel?? I mean, it looks chewed up, but you get the idea, right? So, pretty casual. The falafel was really good though. It had some really cool mediterranean seasonings that I haven't really tasted in my previous exposures. The falafel were big and tasted really fresh. The flavors were not overwhelming, but made it a little more sophisticated than falafel that might be a bit bland without being doused in mediterranean sauces. Hubs really liked his too. The fried were also excellent. They were cooked just the way I like them and they looked pretty sprinkled with paprika.
The run down
All in all, this was an easy meal. It was cheap and good and fresh. I will definitely be going back here for my falafel. Yum. Maybe if I figure out what any of these spices are for in cooking, I could go back for some of those too. Have you ever seen such good looking shelves?!? Somebody at al-basha is very organized!