Too many restaurants in South America have gigantic menus with no apparent theme. The worst part is, half the time they’re out of everything and serving solo pizzas (only pizzas). Pita, a small takeout shop next to the popular Loki Hostel in Cusco, Peru, is different. They have two options on their menu: falafel or sabih. We all know falafels, the deep fried chickpea delights. Sabih is another popular middle-eastern sandwich, consisting of pita stuffed with fried eggplant and hard boiled eggs. Sabih sandwiches aren’t vegan but the friendly staff at Pita are more than willing to leave out the eggs or combine the eggplant and falafel.
Here is one of Pita’s amazing falafel sandwiches. It may look small from this angle but I can tell you it’s about the size of a regular person’s head. Pita’s falafel balls and deep fried eggplant are prepared fresh, which means you might be waiting around 10 minutes for one of their special creations. Don’t worry, they’re worth it. The fresh falafels and eggplant are packed as tightly as possible into the pita. The other ingredients, veggies, tahini sauce, hummus, spicy pesto and french fries (optional), are carefully added in intricate layers. They alternate stuffing the pita with each of the ingredients to ensure the balance remains the same throughout your sandwich eating experience. They know it’s no fun when you get to the last few bights and there’s no falafel left.
I had the pleasure of enjoying a falafel sandwich with french fries, as well as a falafel sandwich with fried eggplant. Both were delicious and super filling. There’s no doubt you’ll be stuffed after eating one of them, especially if you opt to have french fries added in. For $10.00 Peruvian Nuevo Soles ($3.49 USD), you’re paying more than most locals would spend on lunch but it will likely get you through two meals without remembering what it’s like to be hungry.
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