International Vegetarian Falafel Chain

Maoz Vegetarian is an all-vegetarian (and nearly all vegan) falafel shop that features falafel sandwiches, salads, and fries. After you get your sandwich, there's a large selection of self-serve toppings - pickles, cucumber salad, roasted cauliflower, dairy and vegan coleslaws, carrots, baby eggplants dyed in beet juice (really), olives, several fresh hot sauces, and much more. The trick is they don't leave very much spare room in your sandwich, so you can't really load up on the condiments.

The first Maoz branch was opened in 1991 in Amsterdam, Holland in order to introduce Dutch people to a new and nutritious vegetarian dish (falafel sandwiches). The Maoz sandwich became a huge success in Amsterdam, leading to the expansion of Maoz both nationally and internationally.

Added by jlb on Jun 10 04 (last updated Sep 26 11)

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The only other Maoz I've been to is in New York City, and while the two (and likely all other chain locations) were virtually identical, I did find a couple differences.

I had the regular falafel sandwich, which was $4, but since I only had a credit card, I had to add hummus to bring the total up to $5. I got my usual toppings, including roasted broccoli, dilly cucumbers, hot sauce, and tomato/onion mix. Yum.

In addition to the usual tahini sauce, this location had a mango curry sauce on the salad bar, which was absolutely delicious. It was pretty strong and I probably wouldn't want it on the entire dish, but just a little on half of my falafel was great.

I have to say that my favorite feature of this restaurant was the public sink they had for people to wash their hands. I hate eating without washing my hands first (especially messy finger foods like falafel), so I was really happy to see the sink. I was also glad they had a bathroom for customers, which New York Maoz also lacks. The space was huge (another difference from the NY locations), and so it was nice to not have to fight for a seat and be able to relax.


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MAOZ is a great Dutch chain who opened their first US franchise right here in Philadelphia.

At MAOZ you get a huge falafel sandwich (which you can dress up yourself with their salad/fixings bar), tasty fries, and water, soda, or fresh squeezed juice for about $6. There is also a smaller size falafel that still includes fries and a drink, and this costs maybe $1 less or so.

The quality of the food is quite good. The people working the counter only cook up so much falafel and fries at a time, so, it seems like you're usually getting some freshly made stuff.

The only real drawback to this place is that it's tiny, so, you're probably going to be left holding a pile of food and have nowhere to sit. The fountains on 2nd Street or bridge over I-95 offer some nearby seating.

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Neighborhood

Society Hill

Prices

$ - inexpensive

Payment

  • MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • Middle Eastern/Persian

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Hours

11am - 1am
11am - 3am
11am - 1am

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