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151 Rainbow Rd | 200M From the Ganges Marina, British Columbia V8K 2M3, Canada
+1 604-343-8633
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09:00 - 16:00
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Fort St. John, Canada
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So much love goes into the incredible dishes at Al's. The poutine really is something special and shouldn't be missed! Falafel is so yummy and made with a fresh mix of herbs and beans. I doubt most restaurants are making food from scratch like this, and you can really tell all the extra effort that goes into making your experience... More 

Helpful?
Thank Crystal L
Alex L, Owner at Al's Gourmet Falafel and Fries, responded to this review

Hi Crystal, Thank you so much for enjoying our food and sharing your positive review. We do indeed work tirelessly to serve the freshest and tastiest food and we love to hear that our customers are happy and recommend us to their community. Indeed, all our food is made in-house and cooked to order and we ensure you are served... More 

Pahrump, Nevada
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having spent many years in the ME we thought we would try a small lunch after a hike. Had to try the falafel, which is his specialty, to see how it compares. Rather smaller portions but good to have a taste. The falafel was somewhat overdone, crispy, compared to what we were used to. However, the food was good and... More 

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Thank Jonhbgood
Alex L, Owner at Al's Gourmet Falafel and Fries, responded to this review

Hi Jonhbgood, thank you for visiting our Rainbow Road location this Winter season. We really appreciate your feedback and will take it to heart as we are always working to improve our products and service. Hope you had a great trip in BC! More 

Ashland, Oregon
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Whether it is a falafel pita, salad or poutine - this cart does not disappoint! The fries are fresh (you can see them using an old fashion fry cutter), the tahini sauce is bomb, well everything is - trust me. This place always has a freaking line whether at his regular spot or Saturday market. Don't miss this truck!!!

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Thank Lydni R
Alex L, Owner at Al's Gourmet Falafel and Fries, responded to this review

Thanks!! We work hard to make the freshest, tastiest and highest quality falafel, fries, Poutine and chicken kebab wraps and salads. We cook your food to order so there is always a few minutes wait time. Kick back and enjoy the island vibes and know your yummy food is on the way. Thanks for the excellent review!! More 

Vancouver
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

Poor service from the two girls at the market and the falafels were the size of toonies - 3 for $7! Waited about 25 mins for that. Would not recommend .

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Thank blahblahblahaha
Alex L, Owner at Al's Gourmet Falafel and Fries, responded to this review

Sorry to hear you were not completely satisfied with your meal. My awesome staff and I would have loved the opportunity to make you happy if you had come up and let us know. Please come back sometime soon and give us another chance as we would love to have the opportunity to turn your one-star review into a five-star... More 

Victoria, Canada
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Genuine cheese curds from Quebec, beef gravy made from scratch plus organic hand cut potatoes make for truly substantial poutine. The Falafels are also a great hit and hefty meal. Pricey but worth it.

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2 Thank SSIResident
Alex L, Owner at Al's Gourmet Falafel and Fries, responded to this review

Thank you! We take great pride in making a delicious Poutine. We love to make our fries really crispy, heap on the Quebec cheese curds and smother it with just the right amount (not too much!) of homage gravy. I get hungry just writing about it! Just for the record though, our gravy is 100% vegetarian, not beef... But don't... More 

Vernon, B.C.
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632 reviews
398 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

For $10, it was quick, fresh and very tasty. Lots of roasted chicken and veggies. We had it during the outdoor market in Ganges.

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1 Thank Silverwoods
Alex L, Owner at Al's Gourmet Falafel and Fries, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive review. We strive to serve the freshest, tastiest ingredients and provide fast friendly service. We are also open Monday to Friday on Rainbow Road from 11-4 if you are still on the island. Hope to see you again! More 

Vancouver, Canada
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165 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

To.die.for. Yup. I said it. And I gave it 5 stars. The wait and lineup was well worth it. We had the middle eastern chicken Kebob pita with marinated eggplant and hot sauce. I ordered mine without onions. I was full after eating mine but wanted another one just because it was yummy goodness!! I would totally eat here again... More 

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Thank Shabnam J
Alex L, Owner at Al's Gourmet Falafel and Fries, responded to this review

Thank you for your five-star review and detailed description of your selections. We always ask our customers if they want onions and hot sauce or not so that we can make their food just the way they want it. Adding our marinated eggplant is always a good choice! Looking forward to serving you again! More 

Toronto
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56 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

The Saturday Market experience on Salt Spring is not complete without some of Al's gourmet falafels. Hot, fresh and perfectly made. Awesome fries too. Not to be missed.

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Thank JanetKat
Alex L, Owner at Al's Gourmet Falafel and Fries, responded to this review

Thanks! We love to feed you and we work hard to serve up the highest quality food. See you again soon. More 

Canmore, Canada
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121 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

Locals told us that we should visit the cart and we were not disappointed. They even have tables set up so you can enjoy the food. Our Falafels were great. Outstanding quality for such low cost. We look forward to eating here again the next time on Salt Spring.

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Thank Terry_Barb
Alex L, Owner at Al's Gourmet Falafel and Fries, responded to this review

Thank you, that's what we were hoping you'd say! More 

Montreal Canada
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016 via mobile

Delicious lunch. Clean and fresh. Great service. Worth a visit. Off the beaten path, but Al has a loyal local clientele who stop by for a quick bite. Poutine and fries look great!

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Thank davidlyons
Alex L, Owner at Al's Gourmet Falafel and Fries, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive feedback! We work hard to create the freshest most delicious food we can and our customers can tell. Hope to see you again soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 9
Cuisine
Fast food, Healthy, Middle Eastern, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 - 16:30
Tuesday
10:00 - 16:30
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:30
Thursday
10:00 - 16:30
Friday
10:00 - 16:30
Saturday
09:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 151 Rainbow Rd | 200M From the Ganges Marina, British Columbia V8K 2M3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Salt Spring Island
  • Phone Number: +1 604-343-8633
Description
Where to eat on Salt Spring! Al's Gourmet Falafel and Fries is Salt Spring's gourmet mobile food cart. We are open for lunch Monday to Friday at 151 Rainbow Road, 11am - 4pm. Find us on Saturdays at the Salt Spring Saturday Market. Al's started in 2011 and quickly became an island institution, famous for their fresh, home made and cooked to order falafels (pita or salad) with tahini sauce and marinated eggplant and fresh cut potato or yam fries. Or try our real Poutine, just the way you'd get it in Quebec! With generous portions and service with a smile it is clear to see why the Salt Spring locals love our food. We hope you will too! Al

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