The relaxation of COVID-19 guidance should make this summer a cathartic one, and two new Auburn food trucks will be right there to cater it.
Open as of spring is The Friendly Falafel, which serves Mediterranean cuisine like the deep-fried chickpea delicacy in its title. Owner Mike Doyle told The Citizen he’s loved that cuisine since his time in the Navy, when he took a Middle Eastern language program. He also lived in Athens, Greece, for a year. He’s been making the food ever since, and the positive feedback led him to buy a trailer late last year.
Doyle renovated the trailer to operate as a food truck with the help of friends who will be on the “falafel for life list,” he said with a laugh. It then made its debut at Prison City Brewing in April.
The truck’s menu includes gyros, protein bowls, gigantes, Greek salads and both Middle Eastern and Greek combination platters. For people new to the cuisine, Doyle said they can’t go wrong simply ordering some falafel. He described it as “perfectly spiced, deep-fried crunchy croquettes,” “the sassy cousin to a hush puppy” and “the best snack you never knew you loved,” all at once.