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Posted by Wendy on 03/11/2013
Alyan's sits just off South Street and is a very tiny restaurant that doesn't impress on first arrival. The service is at times slow, but the quality of the food puts it all over the top. The prices are fantastic, the quantity of food received is more than abundant and, if you're a newbie to Middle Eastern cuisine, this is a good place to begin! The back room is tiny, but lovely with plants all around. Can't wait to return
Posted by Anonymous on 12/18/2011
Excellent food! Leftovers! Will return for sure!
Posted by mizriz on 12/01/2009
We eat here about twice a month and the food is consistently excellent. Best falafels in town. Grilled zucchini is amazing and the fries are fantastic. Intimate atmosphere and small open kitchen with sidewalk seating if you want to people watch the South Street scene.
Posted by jdancer on 10/30/2009
I used to work in this restaurant and I still dream of their falafel and hummus. It's the best I've ever had. I can't eat it anywhere else. They also have awesome french fries, that they've won city awards for over the years. Spinach pie is off the hook too. And I never thought I would like this but I tried it one day and it was so good - mango & yogurt drink. so Yum! Everything is made fresh and authentic to the Middle East. And they were the nicest people to work for! I wish I still worked there so I could eat the food everyday. It's such a cute little place, BYOB with reasonably priced food. How can you go wrong.
Posted by theotherkelly on 04/25/2009
The food here is fantastic and on point. The flavors are there and the food is always fresh and served quickly and at the right temperature. The falafel are perfect -- light and crispy with a great taste. They're never overly dense or oily, never ever soggy. Over the 18 years Alyan's has been one of my favorites, I've never had a single dish I didn't enjoy. If you think snooty waitstaff and white linen =great restaurant, this is not the place for you. It's full of charm (an indoor garden in the city!), down to earth folks and terrific food.
Posted by Xn from Chicago on 09/18/2008
I loved this place when I lived in Philly years ago. I went back recently and it was still great. The backroom is a garden in the city. The food is excellent. I wish I could eat there right now.
Posted by Rich on 07/13/2008
Great falafel and wonderful salads. Recommended.