From Thailand to Italian, the Yalla Truck mixes up traditional Falafel Pita Sandwiches with 100% vegetarian ingredients from around the world.
- bang for your buck, pickled explosion in your mouth, super moist The Yalla Classic Vegan Pita with Red Cabbage Salad, Tomato Cucumber Salad, Onion Salad, Lettuce, Pickled Turnips & Sesame Garlic Lemon Sauce ($4)
- strong tahini flavor with a touch of lemon Hummus ($2)
- smokey, creamy Baba Ghanoush ($2.50)
After celebrating the 4th by eating a weekend's worth of every kind of meat imaginable – Burgers, Hot dogs, Carne asada, Carnitas, BBQ Chicken & Pork – I was really excited to see the relatively new Yalla Truck rollin' on the Miracle Mile.
The thick Pickled Turnips in The Yalla will make you "Holla!" with a pungent vinegary tang that wakes up your tastebuds. The Falafel – Fried Balls of roasted ground Garbanzo Beans, a.k.a. chickpeas (HINT – unless your man is culinary-educated, never send him to the grocery store for chickpeas because he'll embarrass himself by asking around for CHICKENpeas), veggies & spices – are pleasantly juicy on the inside and crunchy on the outside with a definitive Lemon Parsley flavor. And the trio of Red Cabbage, Tomato Cucumber & Onion Salads pack a serious crunch. I split this with my hand model, but it's definitely big enough to satisfy one person, and seriously a great deal for just $4.
We also HAD to order the Hummus & Baba Ghanoush sides that come right from the fridge in the front of the truck. The Hummus is really good with a strong Tahini flavor. It's thick, not watery, just how I like it. I also really enjoyed the little Chunks of Chickpeas – remember, NOT Chickenpeas – I found hidden inside.
The Baba Ghanoush is also good 'n smokey with big chunks of Roasted Eggplant for you to schlop up with the complimentary Wheat Pita.
If you want to go global, try the Reo Reo Thai Falafel ($5) with Carrots, Bean Sprouts & Sweet 'n Spicy Sesame Peanut Sauce; the Andale Southwestern Falafel ($5) with Black Beans, Corn, Black Olives & Chipotle Sauce; or the Fretta Italian Falafel ($4.50) with Pepperoncini, Black Olives & Italian Dressing. If not, stick to the Yalla or the Greek Falafel ($4.50) with Tomato Cucumber Salad & Tzatziki.
So do your body a favor with some post 4th of July BBQ cleansing and get global Vegetarian & Vegan Pitas from the Yalla.
Today, they'll be in Silverlake on Sunset & Lucile from 12-3:30pm. Tonight they'll be in Santa Monica on Main St. from 5-9pm.
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