Best Falafel - 2013
Among only a handful of progressive Middle Eastern restaurants, Zizi Limona consistently impresses. The falafel are a triumph: Greaseless and sporting a shatter-crisp exterior, the charmingly misshapen brown pucks break open to reveal soft crumbs of mashed chickpeas, cilantro, lemon, coriander, and cumin. Even with such fine specimens, it's the deeply flavored condiments that push this plate to the top of our list. A bed of curry-inflected yogurt, thick swirls of curry tahini, crunchy pickled cabbage, charred onions, and smoky, slightly bitter tomato relish continue the kitchen's attention to detail and compliment the heavily seasoned nuggets.