Chickpeadx: Falafel Specialists in NE Portland

This micro restaurant is one of my favorite places in Portland to get a falafel. From the adorable smiling chickpea logo to the fresh ingredients, you can count on getting something good here. The small menu is all vegetarian and mostly vegan.

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Chickpeadx is in The Zipper building.

At Chickpeadx, falafel is the main course. It comes three ways: in a pita, as a salad or in a bowl with brown rice. I’m kind of a falafel traditionalist, so I usually get the pita. The falafel is made from Washington-grown chickpeas and paired with carrot ribbons, chopped cabbage, fried eggplant, diced cucumbers and tomato. You get one sauce for free, then each additional dose costs 50 cents. I always ask for the hottest of the four sauce choices.

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Carrot dip and cauliflower

Chickpeadx also offers a few veggie sides, dips and spreads. The carrot dip is good, as is the flash-fried cauliflower with mint sauce. You can order a platter with three or four sides and warm pita.

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Look deep into my falafel.

Part of the wedge-shaped Zipper building on NE Sandy Boulevard, Chickpeadx shares dining space with a four other micro-restaurants, a bar and coffee shop. Each has its own front entrance, but when you walk through the back you enter the communal dining room. Grab a spot at one of the long picnic tables and dig in.

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