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Mama's Vegetarian

  • RatingAvg. Dinner Entrée
    $$$$$Greater than $25
    $$$$$18.01 - $25
    $$$$12.01 - $18
    $$$7.01 - $12
    $Less than $7
  • Vegetarian-Friendly, Middle Eastern, Kosher
  • 18 S 20th St, Philadelphia PA19103 39.952712 -75.173471
  • (Btwn Ludlow & Ranstead St)
  • (215) 751-0477
  • 0

User Ratings (Based on 12 reviews)

Food 4.6 Value 4.7
Service 4.3 Atmosphere 3.4

Other Restaurant Info

(215) 751-0477
Cash Only
Sun: 12pm-6pm Mon-Thu: 11am-8:30pm Fri: 11am-3pm
Catering, Cheap Eats, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Take Out

User Reviews

  • Mama's Vegetarian

    Posted by GymMom66 on 03/13/2014

    Best Felafel outside Israel

    I've had felafel from many homes and many restaurants around the US and abroad This is by far the best I've tasted outside of Israel, and better than many in Israel.

  • Mama's Vegetarian

    Posted by stuart on 05/02/2011

    great value

    Quality is very good. Prices are great. Need to have them in ny.

  • Mama's Vegetarian

    Posted by Jules on 09/29/2010

    Tov me'od!

    Just started spending lunchtime in the area because of a new job, and have been slowly exploring cheap lunch eats. Mama's is the best place I have come across, by far. Skip the two falafel carts at the intersection of 20th and Market. The cart on the north side of Market St. known to some as the "Falafel Nazi" is expensive, and though there are never more that 5-7 or so people in line, that translates into a 20 minute wait. The halal cart on the south side of Market makes a fairly good falafel sandwich at a very low price ($4, including a can of soda). If Mama's was not just down the street, that would be my source. Mama's costs a couple of bucks more than the halal cart ($7 gets you a sandwich, soda, and a cup to put olives, pickles, fried cauliflower, etc.) I have been to Mama's at least 5 times in the last month (which is a lot, since the store is closed on Yom Tov, and I was out of town in any event). The falafel is stupendously good at Mama's. (Go in and ask for a sample ball!) The fresh baked pita never splits open, and is delicious. The veggies in the sandwich are excellent (and for 75ยข extra you can get a slice of fried eggplant in your sandwich). There is some kind of softened cabbage in the sandwich which I have never had anywhere else, and is scrumptious. The pickle/olive bar is a delight. Don't miss the little green olives or the fried cauliflower. The pickles, I believe are a canned product imported from Israel, and you can skip. The marinated carrots are wonderful. The falafel sandwich is so good, I have yet to really explore the menu. The latkes look good, as do the burekas, so I will have to break my addiction and become more adventuresome. Soup is not coming back to the menu until autumn really kicks in, and I am looking forward to trying Mama's creations. The place is small, with just a handful of indoor table and a few outdoors. I always get my sandwich to go, and it is no worse for wear after a 5 minute walk back to the office. I cannot recommend Mama's highly enough.

  • Mama's Vegetarian

    Posted by Steff on 07/15/2010

    Love Them!!

    Miss working down that way. Used to go at least 3x a week. Now it's only once a week when I'm going to Trader Joe's.

  • Mama's Vegetarian

    Posted by anon on 04/17/2008

    great place

    Its a great restaurant. The food is delicious and the price is perfect. I highly recommend it.

  • Mama's Vegetarian

    Posted by sunshine on 04/09/2007

    I eat here at least twice a week

    My office recently relocated to 19th and JFK, and being a vegetarian I sought out recommendations for lunch places that are veg-friendly. The first place I went to was Mama's, and I've been going multiple times a week since. For the uninitiated, this is not a sit-down restaurant, it's a fast food restaurant, so don't expect a whole lot of atmosphere (although it's a good place to people watch as the clientele are quite diverse). The food here is delicious, and all of the omnivores that I've introduced to Mama's have become repeat customers as well. Aside from Bitar's in South Philly, I can't think of another falafel joint in Philly that gets it so perfectly.

  • Mama's Vegetarian

    Posted by Eatter on 02/28/2007

    Best falafel in the city

    Hands down. And I've tried almost all of them. 'Nuff said.

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