Falafel is nearly ubiquitous in the Holy Land. Both Israelis and Palestinians claim it as their own, not unlike the land itself. The truth may be different—the deep-fried balls of chickpea and fava bean dough were probably first made in Egypt—but it’s unlikely there’s any better place to eat falafel than deep in the maze that is Jerusalem’s Old City.
But if Jerusalem is the best place to experience Israel’s national dish (regardless of the truth of origin), the best place to experience the Palestinian claim to falafel in San Diego is likely Fattoush Mediterranean Fine Cuisine (6686 El Cajon Blvd.) in the College Area.