Falafel: Fried balls of chickpeas and/or fava beans which can be eaten alone or served with flat bread.
I’m assuming this cart’s name was inspired by the owner Al’s cat who is grossly overweight. His plus sized feline was a topic of conversation one day and I just put 2 and 2 together. I’m smart like that.
There is nothing fancy about the way he makes his falafel wrap, it is straight forward simple but every component is fresh and delicious. Falafel is a dish that can easily turn bad if the bread is too dry or the chickpeas are fried too long. I’ve had both types of failures and it is very difficult to finish eating your meal if one part of the wrap is dried out. The problem with most “to go” falafel places is they make them ahead of time and they dry up like rice cakes or they over fry them and suck all the moisture out. But the owner of Fat Kitty makes them fresh to order and has never over cooked one yet. The flatbread is always soft and the veggies are never past their prime. He offers a variety of sauces and I always opt for the spicy one.
Part of the draw of coming to this cart is talking to the Al who is quite the character. He can talk you up about anything and everything. I know random things about him like his cat needs medication and has more medical coverage than him and that he is friends with Tyler Florence from the Food Network. I’ve stood there long after getting my meal, knowing with each minute it grows colder because I’m still wrapped up in a conversation with him. He makes the whole experience worth coming back for. Killer falafel and interesting chit chat is what you get at Fat Kitty.
Location: Currently on E 7th and Burnside