Destinations, Lebanon

Falafel Feud: A (Very) Short Story

August 15, 2012

So, a family business opens in Lebanon in 1935. A falafel shop. Falafel M.Sahyoun. They make amazing falafel sandwiches. Everyone loves them.

Decades, wars, highs, and lows come and go. The shop runs on…

Then, two or three years ago, the brothers who inherited the family business decide they can’t get along and would rather part ways. The Lebanese solution? One opens a new falafel shop right next door to the original.

Literally, right next door.


Great food, though.

Despite the drama.

Only 3,000 Lebanese lira (just a bit more than $2) for a delicious meal, complete with hot peppers on the side.

Thanks to Jimmy and Madeleine for recommending the best* falafel in town and sharing the zany story.

(*A rough job, ordering from both restaurants and judging between the two. Glad we four could tackle the task together.)

From the Daily Travel Journal Memory Bank: Day One Hundred and Seventy-Seven.


No need to re-invent the wheel: for more fun on this falafel shop see here.

Falafel M. Sahyoun (one & two)
Rue de Damas, Beirut, Lebanon

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3 Comments

  • Reply Jennifer August 16, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Wait! I read this three times. So the shop that opened next door to the original is your vote for the best?

    • Reply Bethany ~ twoOregonians August 17, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Nope! We didn’t share the final vote ; ) It’s one of those spots in the world where each person is best off trying both and judging for him/herself.
      I will say this: you can’t go wrong.

  • Reply Kieu August 19, 2012 at 3:15 am

    I LOVE FALAFELS! This sounds like an episode of Food Wars or that show on the Travel Channel. hehe

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