Food trucks haven’t become wildly popular by selling what most of us consider health food. Instead, the items tend to lean toward the opposite end of the spectrum: fried this, cheese-doused that—all with a side of extra crispy, bacon-topped somethings.

Not so at Baba’s Falafel. The customers who stalk this five-month-old mobile trailer are on the hunt for refreshingly healthy—and mostly vegan—dishes. They line up for Dalia Hannah and Christopher Paul’s fusion of Arab and Mexican cuisines and come away with falafel cones (fresh pitas wrapped around crispy falafel, parsley, lettuce, and tahini) or pita nachos (pita chips smothered with hummus, pico de gallo, crushed falafel, and spicy sauce). The foldout counter, stocked with squeeze bottles of hot sauce and tzatziki, ensures easily customizable eats.

The menu—there are six items, plus specials—is a twist on recipes from Hannah’s father’s falafel restaurant in Texas. As you would expect, the falafel are excellent, crispy little nuggets made of mashed garbanzo beans, cumin, and parsley. Prices are reasonable ($4 to $10) for hearty portions. And Baba’s honors food allergies with delicious alternatives. When I stopped by the trailer with my youngest daughter who is allergic to, among other things, sesame seeds, Hannah replaced the regular hummus with one sans tahini.
Find Baba’s Falafel parked outside of Nooch Vegan Market and sometimes Megafauna on Fridays, and outside of Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew on Saturdays.

Falafel Cone: $6 Freestyle Cone: $6
Spicy Nachos: $6 Falafeldillas: $9
Falafel Rolls: $4 Hummus with pita: $6–$10

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This article was originally published in 5280 March 2013.
Amanda M. Faison
Amanda M. Faison
Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.