(Reading time: 2 - 4 minutes) TwitterThe Best Felafel in Israel Origins Top Rated Felafel Terminology Origins "He died with a felafel in his hand" - a Richard Lowenstein movie from 2001 kind of describes how Israelis feel about felafel. Felafel is a street food. It is a deep fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas (Heb: hummous) and/or fava beans (Heb: ful). Felafel is popular all over the Middle East and is reputed to have originated in Egypt. Felafel is served in a pocket of bread (a pita) or wrapped by a flat bread (a lafa). Either way it is served with any or all of these; hummous, tehina, chopped vegetable salad, pickled cabbage, hot sauce (harissa or schug) and numerous other fillings 'Felafelarias' often have names like 'The King of Felafel', 'The King of Kings of Felafel', 'Grandmas Felafel' or sometimes they don't even have a name and are just known as 'that place on Whatever Street, next to the gas station'. We asked some Anglos and locals where they thought you could get the best felafel in Israel, click on the 'Top Rated ' tab to see what they had to say... Top Rated Afula Golani Felafel - across from the police station in Afula. Simply the best and a great show to boot. Haifa Felafel Orian on Herzliyah Street. A favorite amongst locals and out-of-towners too! Felafel HaZekaynim makes a great felafel flavored with fresh coriander - Rechov HaWadi in Haifa Felafel George - opposite Felafel HaZekaynim in Haifa Felafel George and Felafel HaZekaynim two 'felafelerias' that have been battling it out for years for the title of 'Best Felafel in Haifa'. They have been featured on many Travel-Israel television and culinary programs with Yishai Golan, Yisrael Aharoni and Hila Alpert. Foodies find it hard to declare a winner, but either way queues are long at both of these establishments. Karkur The small settlement town of Pardes-Hanna Karkur lies halfway between Haifa and Tel Aviv. Felafel Dvora in Karkur got the 'gold' for Best Felafel in Israel. Aside from Felafel Dvora the most notable event in Pardes-Hanna Karkur was when one of its residents, Gal Fridman won an Olympic bronze medal for surfing in Atlanta in 1996 and a gold medal in Athens in 2004 Jerusalem "On Agrippas Street in Jerusalem, on the left side by the open shuk. Best felafel I ever had." This name of this felafel place seems to be a closely guarded secret. Modiin Modiin is a growing and upcoming town in Israel's southern district. May Anglos now call it 'home' Felafel HaDerech at the entrance to Mevo Modiin, got the vote here, Netanya Opposite the AACI in Netanya. This 'Felafelaria' was voted to serve the best home made pita bread. We have a feeling that this felafel joint got top marks as immigrants, who had had an exhausting morning at the AACI - Association of Americans & Canadians in Israel (an Aliyah office), were starving when they came out and so headed for the nearest eatery. Raanana The Felafel Shop in Raanana - with lots of variations and flavor combinations it was voted no. 1 in Raanana. On Ahuzza Street! Ramat Gan Felafel Gina in Ramat Gan. "I know it's a chain store felafel', our reader wrote, 'but I think it's the best, plus they give out free samples". Tel Aviv Felafel Gabai on Bograshov was voted the best in Tel Aviv Tzfat Felafel California. This 'felafeleria' is kosher too. Felafel Terminology Learn new Hebrew words and phrases English, Hebrew & Transliterations English Transliteration Hebrew Chips Tzips צ'פס Felafel Felafel פלאפל Felafel balls Kaduray felafel כדורי פלאפל Flat bread Lafa לפה Garlic sauce Rotev shum רוטב שום Half portion/serving (half a felafel) Hatzi Mana חצי מנה Hot sauce Harissa / Schug חריסה / סחוג How much does it cost? Kama ze oleh? כמה זה עולה Hummous Hummous חומוס Olives Zaytim זיתים Pickles (sour) Hamutzim חמוצים Pita Pita פיתה Tehina Tehina תחינה Salads Salatim סלטים Serving/portion Mana מנה Spicy Harif חריף Bon Apetite! Betayavon בתיאבון You may like these... Popular Israeli Food & Drink Herbs & Spices of the Israeli Kitchen Israeli Meat Names & Numbers Dining our in Israel Which is your favorite felafel place! Tell us where are why.