The first Atlanta location of New York City’s oldest falafel restaurant, Mamoun’s Falafel, is opening at the West Midtown Center complex between 17th Street and Northside Drive on the edge of Berkeley Park in Westside next year.
It’s one of six planned locations by franchisees Kalki Patel and Parimal Patel for the Atlanta and Athens areas. In addition to falafel, Mamoun’s menu includes shawarma, baklava, hummus, and baba ganoush.
The restaurant will have quite a bit of competition in the falafel department when it does finally open. Tannour Grill is less than a mile down the road on 14th Street, and Bezoria, Cafe Agora, and Yalla at The Canteen are all located nearby in Midtown.
Mamoun’s Falafel, whose $4 falafel is one of Eater New York’s quintessential cheap eats dishes, was opened by Mamoun Chater in New York’s Greenwich Village in 1971. There are now ten locations throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Atlanta is the franchise’s first Southern outpost.