King of Falafel

Name of business:  King of Falafel

Chef/Owners:  Nabil & Hined Akkeh

Where are you from:  Syria

What kind of food do you serve?: Middle Eastern Food

Specialties:  Falafel.

Tell us something about you or your business that you want the world to know:  We were both electrical engineers back in Syria.

Why do you deserve to win the Vendy Award?: We helped introduce Philadelphia to Middle Eastern food. When we started we were one of the very few serving this kind of food, now it is everywhere—on the streets and in restaurants—but our customers keep coming back to us. They come back because we serve healthy and affordable food made from good ingredients. We soak and grind our chickpeas to make our falafel and hummus—we don’t use mixes or pre-made food, everything is made by us from high quality, fresh ingredients—that is our tradition and you can taste the difference.


The 2012 Vendys are set for Saturday, July 28, 2012, 3:00-7:00 p.m. at The Lot @ 39th and Market. Tickets for the Philadelphia Vendys, which is all-you-can-eat and includes beer, can be purchased at for $55 in advance and $60 day of event.


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