So, technically, Maoz Vegetarian isn’t exclusively a South Florida restaurant (yes, it’s a franchise with 7 US locations and a few others worldwide), but I decided to make an exception since I had a Groupon and was in the mood for falafel! Since my deal was for $8 worth of goodies, and Michael and I weren’t sure this was going to be any good, we split the #1 Meal Deal:
- Maoz Sandwich (w/ Eggplant and Hummus), Belgian Fries and a Beverage – Our whole wheat pita, which was pretty hearty in size, was stuffed with falafel, eggplant and hummus, and from the selection of toppings, we opted for taboule, red cabbage, coleslaw and cucumber/tomato salad. Oh, and lots of garlic sauce for fry dipping and slathering each pita-rific bite.
- This was actually a perfect amount for the two of us to share, since the darn pita was stuffed to capacity and in its deflated state, is roughly 5″ in diameter. The falafel were a good size (not too big, not too small), and had a nice texture. All the toppings were fresh and crisp.
- As for the fries, they were not only generously portioned, but perfectly cooked.
As we shared our Maoz, some clear thumbs up (and thumbs down) points were determined…
- Pros – tasty ingredients; filling portion sizes; variety of topping choices; it’s something different!
- Cons – located in the mall (ugh); ordering is a little crazy (again, it’s in the mall and the booth is small and crowded); toppings do not get dispersed throughout the sandwich, but rather end up on top and all the falafel are at the bottom, so your first 1/2 of the sandwich is topping (bummer); for a quick lunch, it’s more than I’d like to spend
My solution to the main issue I had (toppings on top, falafel on the bottom), is that all the toppings be placed in a separate dish/divided tray, so that once you’re seated, you can add them in with each bite. It was a little annoying, not being able to mix all those flavors more. That said, I don’t get falafel often and this was a nice change.
Taste - Liked the flavors, quality, and ingredient choices.
Atmosphere - Well, it’s in the food court of the Boca Mall… I think that about sums it up.
Service - The staff are nice enough, however, the order/assembly process isn’t very streamlined and there seems to be a lot going on in that tiny space.
Price – $$ For what it is, a little expensive for my taste.
Good for… mall lunch when greasy Chinese and Chick-Fil-A just won’t do.
Recommend? Again, if you’re at the mall and need to get a bite, it’s a departure from the ordinary.
Go back? If I happen to find myself at the mall, hungry, on a spendy day (aka not feeling like a cheap-o), then I just might.
Overall - A change from the average mall fare, but not a big winner.
Town Center Mall
6000 Glades Road (Food Court)
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Tel: (561) 393-6269
Hours: Mon – Sat 11AM – 9PM, Sun 11:30AM – 6:00PM