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Falafel: the newest foodie lunch
At Fala Bar, the Kaleifornia salad comes topped with crispy falafel

There’s a mini-lunch revolution going on, reminiscent of the great taco truck stampede of ’08. This time the trend really has (chickpea) balls: falafel.

Below are two new L.A. spots serving fantastic versions of the Middle Eastern specialty.

Fala Bar Stop in at this all-vegan spot in Fairfax (yes, you can even swap cabbage leaves for pita should you choose to go gluten-free). Order the Kaleifornia salad ($13.50) with add-on falafel balls ($1 each), which come in flavors like sweet potato, jalapeño spicy and--our favorite--“parsley-dotted."

Dune in Atwater Village is getting raves for its chewy flatbread, which is baked on premises, as well as its juicy lamb sandwich ($10). But the green herb falafel sandwich ($8) is the real winner--hummus, house-made pickles and shoestring potatoes are layered with crunchy falafel and creamy tahini. A word of warning: Lines can be long, so go as close to the 11 a.m. opening as possible.

Fala Bar, 7751 1/2 Melrose Ave.; 323-424-7131 or falabar.comDune, 3143 Glendale Blvd.; dune.kitchen

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