After my WAKA kickball game on Thursday night our team went out for drinks in Adams Morgan. The way the league works is that after you play a game you channel your frustration into a splashingly competitive game of “flip cup.” (For those of you over 35 or international, the object of this American collegiate sport is to drink a cup of beer and flip it over till the rim is face down). You may laugh, but a majority of the people in the room took the game so seriously that they celebrated with a victory dance that should NEVER be seen outside the Super Bowl.
A few games of flip cup later, I walked down the street to Amsterdam Falafel. I could instantly see why it’s a hugely popular late-night spot. First off, it has a simple menu that is very easy to read after drinks in Adams Morgan – a major plus. Second, the incredibly nice employees ask you 3 simple questions: “What size? What bread? You want fries with that?”
Finally, the toppings are up to you, laid out on a buffet style table where you pick and choose from a number of veggie toppings that you pile inside your pita. Although one of the toppings I chose was a neon yellow pickled celery and cauliflower dish that tasted a bit too sour for my taste (not sure if that was intentional, or just left out too long), I especially enjoyed the fresh cabbage and the all you can pump tahini sauce.
I took my sandwich to the outside tables and I have to say, the falafel was fantastic. The fried chickpea mash had the perfect consistency – crispy delight on the outside; soft, but not soggy, on the inside.
I was also impressed by the fries AND the fact that they ask if you want salt or not. Great decision, Amsterdam! Again, leaving it up to the foodie to decide. I say customization is key and they nailed that one.
All in all I would recommend this joint if you’re ever in the area for a late night snack. True, I had had a few beers before… but nothing tastes better than Amsterdam Falafel at midnight.