Give us this bread
Falafel sandwich, Tanoor Halal Food
It starts with the bread: a pillowy, leaf-shaped flatbread called samoon. Tanoor Halal Food—a family-owned restaurant-market combo that opened earlier this year—bakes the Iraqi bread daily, which is enough of a reason to make the trip to Arden. All the sandwiches are a steal, but at $2.99, the falafel option is particularly outrageous. The bread gets sliced open and stuffed with a couple of fried chickpea balls; lightly dressed lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber; a smear of hummus and thin strips of pickled mango. Creaminess, crispiness, tanginess—it's all there, and it's all inside that delightfully chewy bread. 2212 Arden Way, (916) 646-6437.