Amsterdam Falafel Shop
2425 18th St. NW
As its billing suggests, the name of the game is mashed chickpeas spiked with garlic, coriander, and cumin, rolled into little balls, and fried to a light crunch. These beauties are then slipped into warm pita and jazzed up with myriad toppings—turmeric-tinged cabbage and jalapeño-fueled herb sauce are particularly delicious options. Grab one of the couple dozen seats in the bare-bones shop for a satisfying lunch, dinner, or late-night snack (until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays) in the club-happy neighborhood of Adams Morgan. Cash only.