The Boston Phoenix
August 26 - September 2, 1999

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Campus Trolley

Three-ring falafel

by Jumana Farouky

Looking at the green-and-red Campus Trolley with its striped awning and playful lettering, you almost expect a circus band to start playing and midget clowns to tumble out. Instead, a sweet old man pops up and offers you falafel. His menu is minimal -- about 20 items long -- and consists mainly of fresh, tasty Middle Eastern sandwiches wrapped in soft pita bread. The falafel ($3.50) is crispy on the outside, moist on the inside. Grape leaves ($3.35) are stuffed [Campus Trolley] with rice and marinated with just enough olive oil and lemon juice to give them their characteristically tart taste without making them too oily or too sour. And for meat eaters, there's the chicken kebab wrap ($3.65), its tender all-white meat bathed in tangy tahini sauce. All the food appears quickly -- it's almost as fast as the neighboring Burger King, and certainly healthier. Although the circus hasn't really come to town, the falafel man's foot-long wraps do hint at rabbit-from-a-hat magic.

Campus Trolley, located near 645 Comm Ave (across from BU's Warren Towers), is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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