Note to self: When eating at a New York-style deli for the first time, don’t start with falafel.
OK, maybe I shouldn’t have ordered falafel. But I was craving it, and I knew that Innabi’s in Redlands was one of the closest places to get my fix.
In fact, they have several variations: as an appetizer, served over hummus; or as a sandwich, wrapped in pita bread (my choice, $3.75), served panini-style, or as a wrap.
Why, oh why, didn’t I order the turkey panini instead?
It’s not that the felafel wasn’t good…it’s just that I should probably have started with something a little more deli-like.
My lunch partner, Richard, made the smarter choice: the pastrami combo ($6.99), which came with a generous amount of lean pastrami on sourdough bread (they were out of the usual rye), steak fries and a soda.