Falafel Fracas: Haji-Baba vs. Al-Hana at Baiz Market

Heather Hoch
Al-Hana's falafel is bursting with parsley.
In the Other Corner: Al-Hana Restaurant in Baiz Market

The Setup: Just like Haji, Al-Hana is the dine-in section inside a Middle Eastern grocery store and deli. Unlike Haji, there aren't a lot of windows or natural light, so it's pretty dark inside. Don't let that scare you off, though!

The Good: Al-Hana has some of the freshest falafel in town. It's crispy on the outside and bursting with herby flavor inside. You can tell each falafel was made to order, rather than in big batches. Al-Hana's use of pickled turnip and parsley really pop as sandwich condiments, and the wrap stays tucked in through every bite.

Heather Hoch
The Bad: Al-Hana's super-thin pita is definitely less filling than Haji-Baba's fluffy, pillowy pita. If you're looking to get full, maybe order two of these bad boys. Since it's also under $4, it's not really going to break the bank to order more than one.

And the winner is... Al-Hana. This falafel is so good that we always wonder why we stop at Haji-Baba instead. Although the ambiance is a little dark, the freshness of their food brightens it all up. We could eat this falafel sandwich every day.

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Location Info

Haji Baba Middle Eastern Food

1513 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Al-Hana Restaurant at Baiz Market

523 N. 20th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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Alicia Geier
Alicia Geier

I agree!! Fresh always tastes best. Haji-Babas saturation with tahini is just cloaking the lack of real flavors & frankly the pita is suppose to be thinner. Al-Hana's is as close to authentic.

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