A few weeks ago, I saw a poster in a southwest suburban Subway for a falafel sandwich. That burb has a huge Middle Eastern population. So, I thought the falafel sandwich was just a local thing.
Well apparently, Subway has been test-running their falafel sandwich in Chicago all year. I just saw a poster for it this week at the Subway on 18th and Loomis. Why it took me all year to find it, I don’t know.
The 9-grain wheat bread, on which the falafel is served, has honey but no milk or dairy. So to make your sandwich more vegan-friendly, order it sans cucumber sauce and on another bread, like Italian. As far as I know, the falafel patties are vegan.
For vegans stricter than me, be aware that some of the bread does have DATEM, which is sometimes animal-derived. Also, it has not been confirmed if the sugar used in Subway’s bread is 100% vegan. Subway lists ingredients on their site.
Is it the best falafel I’ve ever had? No. Is it the worst? No. The patties, which the cook re-heated in Subway’s oven, are soft with bits of green, which I assume are parsley. The patties are yellow on the inside, which could be due to turmeric or because of yellow food coloring. However, I detected Middle Eastern-ish seasoning. Possibly cumin.
Will I get it again? Sure. I like the Veggie Delite, but it is basically a salad on bread and has a whole lot of no protein. I hope the falafel stays around longer. It is hard to find vegan-friendly fast-food that isn’t all carbs and fat!
Have you tried it too? What do you think? Share here or tweet me @CMarieHarrell.