2301 Stevens Creek Blvd
San Jose, CA 95128
The huge lighted Falafel's Drive-in marquee on Steven's Creek Blvd has become somewhat of a landmark, since it has been around for a long time. Despite being called a drive-in, it has very few spots and parking can be a problem. The best bet is to park in the neighborhood behind Falafel's. However it is a great place to grab a cheap bite. I wouldn't call it a quick bite because the line can be pretty long!
It is a popular place on days when the weather is great, and we happened to go there on one such warm sunny day (amidst all the rain we have been having). The line was about 20 deep, but it moved quickly. There is plenty of seating, all of it "al fresco".
The menu has all the typical middle-eastern favorites - hummus, baba ghanouj, foul meddames, and falafel, as well as pita chips which V claims are great! However the best choice for a vegetarian is the Falafel sandwich. Also, on a warm day, the drink of choice would be the mint-flavored yogurt drink which comes in a plastic bottle. We placed our orders and grabbed a seat in the shady side and opened up our newspapers while waiting for our order.
Our order came quicker than we expected with a side of hot sauce. The sandwich is quite messy but very filling and delicious! I think each sandwich has 4 falafels stuffed in pita pockets, which is quite filling. Not a meal for everyday but a good one for those weekend days when an extra-long workout makes you extra hungry! Also, it is the kind of place you won't feel bad going to in your grungy workout clothes. The tab came to around $25 with tax.