When I lived in New York, I ate a lot of falafel. It was in abundance, cheap, and delicious and I took advantage. It’s the perfect on-the-go meal. It’s the perfect I’m drunk and it’s 2 am meal. It’s the perfect I need something I can eat while walking fast and getting on a subway train meal. You get me. But when I moved to LA nine years ago, I was like, “where all my falafel at?” In the past year however, falafel is kind of blowing up. And rightly so! There’s Dune, Ta eem, a forthcoming concept from Bestia‘s Ori Menache, and… Madcapra.
The ladies behind Madcapra, Sarah Hymanson and Sara Kramer, made the move from Brooklyn’s Glasserie (one of my favorite meals in 2013) to downtown LA’s Grand Central Market, which has quickly become a serious food destination. They are churning out super delicious food with high quality ingredients. I love when chefs that can do fine dining do fast fare in a casual setting. That chewy charred flatbread, those cute little crunchy falafel cubes, the fresh herbs, the creamy and tangy tahini. Great! And the sumac pita chips? They just straight up walked out of my brain space where my favorite things exist, when I didn’t even know they were there, and into a little plastic bag at the counter of Madcapra.
Madcapra at Grand Central Market
317 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013