September 25, 2011

Philly Food Truck: Magic Carpet

Magic Carpet is a well-known vegetarian food truck with two locations - 36th & Spruce and 34th & Walnut. The Walnut Street location was the second stop on my recent one-day truck tour of University City.

The menu is lengthy with options such as seitan grinders or magic meatballs (tofu meatballs). The vendor recommended the falafel pita for a first timer. For my fellow non-vegetarians, falafel is a deep fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas and/or fava beans.

Magic Carpet was a definitive third place on my tour.  The falafel had less flavor and the truck less charisma compared to the Koja Truck and Cucina Zapata in my opinion. I didn't think the tahini sauce was evenly spread and probably would have preferred hummus.

The falafel was certainly not a bad sandwich.  In fact, if you are like me and prefer a light lunch that does not sit heavy in your stomach, the falafel pita would be perfect.

I will readily admit my preference is for meat sandwiches over vegetarian. This might have made the seitan "cheesesteak" a better choice knowing my tastes.  Next time.

Either way, if you're looking for a quick, cheap bite, the falafel at Magic Carpet is only $5.

Come back Tuesday for second place.

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