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“Modest Eatery”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Mama's Vegetarian

Mama's Vegetarian
Ranked #433 of 4,341 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Israeli, Fast food, Mediterranean
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Good for: Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Seating, Takeout
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“Modest Eatery”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

Spent todays lunch here. I tried Mama's famous falafel, spicy (recomended by staff). It was very tastful; I added some extra spice. Most people dont say this but the white pita bread was well prepared, the fluff and taste was just on point.

Thank EvanEr
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  • English first
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English first
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“Despite My Love For It ...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2014

I am a fanatic about falafel. At one point in time in my life, I could eat falafel every day without batting an eye! Needless to say, as an Israeli, I have eaten a lot of falafel at some of Israel's finest. Mama's disappointed, big time. While the falafel balls are okay, the Israeli salad has little taste (where is the squeezed lemon, olive oil, a bit of salt and pepper over fresh juicy tomatoes and cukes?). The place itself is located in the heart of Philly, which should inspire the owners to fix the place up a bit more (no need to go fancy) in an area full of food places full of character. The place also has a bit of a dinghy look to it, especially the washroom, which frankly, is good for students, but passe in a downtown location.
On top of that, they ran out of whole wheat pita and we had to settle for white bread pita, which lacked taste and one pita had a hair in it!! No real apologies or amends for this. My friend suggested going to this place on account of my background and boy did it disappoint.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank greengalil
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New York
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“Amazing Kosher Falafel, Beats NYC”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

Great Kosher Falafel place in Philadelphia, 1st time visit, will be back on my next visit

On my 1st day in town for the IACP convention, I found this Kosher Falafel place to be within 15-20 minutes walking distance of the convention center,

The food and choices was great, Falafel in the pita was very fresh hot and delicious, so was the fries, absolutely fresh hot & tasty, (hard to find such good falafel in NYC)

nice clean place, workers behind the counter helpful nice and polite.

one drawback this is a Cash only place, ATM Machine available in the store (i believe so)

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank solkNewYork
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“Value priced and very tasty food for strict Kosher and vegetarians”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2013

Philadelphia has somewhat limited choices for real Kosher restaurants and this would rate as giving the best value for your food dollar.
It's 'just the basics', you stand inline, order from the fairly extensive menu(even combo platters are mostly under $ 10). Hope you can find a seat in the tiny restaurant. Restaurant does a large take-out business it appears.
My meal was a sandwich in pita with french fries and a drink. Very taste with humus.
Highly recommended.
Everyone in our party of four was very satisfied.
No frills, no website, not even a fax machine. Just tasty food at a very reasonable price in the center of a major city.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Nick C
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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“Convenient kosher”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2013 via mobile

Our family goes here when in town and even on way to Phillies game. Convenient and tasty. Could be bigger!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Ruth H
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