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[KOSHER REVIEW] Goldie Falafel – Philadelphia, PA

I’ve never really been a tehina/tahini/techina guy. Not until my last trip to Israel 1.5 years ago. There, I was turned on to raw techina (really, a sesame paste), not the watered down stuff drizzled on most falafel in pitas in my lifetime. No. This was different, tasty, and enjoyable.
Since then, I’ve been including raw tehina on my salads and meat at home, but it’s rare to find served properly in a restaurant.
Yesterday, I visited Goldie Falafel in Center City Philly. While Falafel is the main dish of the restaurant, tehina is the star of the show. Every dish has some form of it served with it, and not the crappy watered down kind. While the falafel in a pita and the salad with falafel balls were tasty and enjoyable, it was the multitudes of tehina dressings that brought it to life. The fries in a boat, loaded with shwarma spice, tehina, and slaw, were great (as were the plain fries).
Tehina Shakes at Goldie
But the real enjoyment I received at Goldie was from the Tehina Shakes. Thick, pareve, ice cold, delicious shakes with raw tehina flavor as the base. We tried both the original and coconut flavors. Both were excelled, but I’ll give the win to coconut which had a nice sweetness to it that coconut lovers will enjoy.
Furthermore, this meal had me full for so long in a way that most falafel meals do not. The shake is thick and filling!
Goldie is a must visit for anyone visiting Philadelphia, kosher or not.
Kosher certification by IKC. Vegan & pareve.
Goldie has 3 locations in Center City Philadelphia:
  1. 1526 Sansom Street
    Hours: Open daily from 11am to 7pm
  2. Whole Foods Market
    2101 Pennsylvania Avenue
    Hours: Open daily from 11am to 8pm
  3. Penn Food Hall
    3401 Walnut Street
    Hours: M-F 11am to 8pm, Sat 11am – 7pm, Sun 11am – 5pm

To explore more kosher restaurants in Center City Philly, check out this post.

More pics from Goldie below.

Regular fries and the Boat of Fries at Goldie
Salad + Falafel at Goldie
Falafel in Pita at Goldie

About the author

Dani Klein

Dani Klein founded YeahThatsKosher in 2008 as a global kosher restaurant & travel resource for the Jewish community.

He is passionate about traveling the world, good kosher food / restaurants, social media & the web, technology, hiking, strategy games, and spending time with his friends & family.