It's beef?!...No!... It's
vegetarian?!... Yes, it's Afazel's falafel! Mohsen Afazel's Crazee Olive Mediterranean
Grill can easily be missed while driving, or walking, down
Washington Ave. But find it, step inside, and discover a casual
Mediterranean restaurant with a diverse menu of distinct
dishes. And then, among the list of simple burger options, one
finds the falafel burger ($4.99).
You might consider sticking to what you
know and ordering a hamburger ($3.99 single/ $4.99 double) or
cheeseburger ($4.49 single/ $5.49 double) that comes off the
"state-of-the-art open flame, brick oven." Afazel, who works the counter and the kitchen, is proud of his
establishment and especially his six-ounce falafel burger.
"Bet you never had one of these before..." he says, pointing at
the sign on the counter. He assures me the vegetarian burger
is well worth it, smiling as he rings me up. When asked if he's
serving the only falafel burger in town, Mr. Afazel only smiles a
self-assured smile as if saying, "This is the only falafel burger
All burgers come with lettuce, tomato,
onion, pickle, and sauce, unless otherwise specified. And fries
($2.75-$3.75) are extra. But one should be satisfied with a burger
that is comprised of an incredibly well-seasoned and crisply fried
falafel that is only enhanced by the toppings and soft bun.
Prices are reasonable. Seating is
limited. Because it's not fast food, placing an order and waiting at
least ten minutes should be expected, even if there isn't a line out
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Crazee Olive Mediterranean Grill
751 Washington Ave., Miami Beach