I had other plans, namely, a birthday party to attend. So when I heard that Unlawful Falafel would be in Boiling Springs on Saturday from 12:00 to 3:00 PM at Caffé 101, I had to engage a third-party private investigator; namely, my teenage foodie daughter, to complete the secret mission and file her report.
I first heard of Unlawful Falafel on Facebook. Its page lists its location as “Somewhere” in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The mysterious chef, Jason Turner, has been traveling around town, dodging the Food Police and hocking his Falafels on the street and at various food events to the consternation of officials. Evidently, he's caused quite a stir for doing so because he's received a Cease and Desist order from the Department of Agriculture and has bucked the accepted protocol and some outdated codes in the Borough of Carlisle.
On Saturdays they have started selling the falafels at Caffé 101 in Boiling Springs as a special surreptitiously listed as a "falafel wrap." My informant (aka teenage foodie daughter) noted that she observed some very cool hipsters pour into the Cafe to order a few "falafel wraps" and slide out with the coolness only exhibited by those who know a little known secret.
But my personal jury is still out - when I tried the sandwich the night after the birthday party I was looking forward to a light fluffy chickpea falafel with a crispy light crust. Unlawful's falafel was significantly heavier, being made with black beans, and less seasoned, as well. But the fresh veggies were a nice touch, the tziki good (although I would have preferred more) and the cole slaw was excellent. To be fair, I'm not quite sure if the heaviness of the falafel was due to its long wait in the fridge for my return, or the late night hour of my first bite, but I'd sure like to try it again.
I hope our local officials, especially the new mayor in Carlisle, Tim Scott, will consider and expedite reasonable changes to our zoning codes. Could Unlawful Falafel be a successful business? Who knows, but in my opinion, the public should be the final Judge and jury, and not the government inspectors, fueled by outdated laws.