With its signature sandwich―a whole wheat or white pita pocket filled with crisp falafel balls, topped with a choice of 15 salads, plus sauces like red or green chili, tahini and garlic―Maoz has been satisfying hungry Amsterdammers since 1991. In 2006, it expanded into other European markets, as well as cities in the U.S. and Australia. It's now a global brand throughout Europe and North America, known for healthy, filling and fast vegetarian food.
Founded by an Israeli couple who emigrated to Amsterdam in the '90s, the chain emphasizes locally sourced ingredients for its freshly prepared fare. Gluten-free falafel are made from fresh chickpeas ground with herbs, vegetables and spices, shaped into balls and flash-fried in zero-trans fat vegetable oil. Like most legumes, chickpeas contain protein, fiber, vitamin B, antioxidants and iron. Add the health benefits of gluten-free and vegan salads like chopped cucumbers and tomatoes, marinated beets, pickled carrots, baby eggplant, chickpeas, tabbouleh, coleslaw and lightly fried broccoli and cauliflower, and you have a healthy, delicious Mediterranean meal at Maoz.
Culled from the word for courage or strength, Maoz has locations on Leidsestraat, Muntplein and Damrak in Amsterdam. No-nonsense menus include Vlaamse Frites (Belgian-style French fries), sweet potato fries and fresh juices, in addition to vegetarian sandwich orders that come with unlimited trips to the salad bar―guaranteed to fill you up for about €6.