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Dig Into Organic Falafel Sandwiches at Dune in Atwater Village

The small storefront lacks amenities but is big on sandwiches.

Dune in Atwater Vilalge
Dune in Atwater Vilalge
Farley Elliott
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Tongues are wagging about Atwater Village’s latest causal dining offering. Known as Dune, the falafel spot on Glendale Blvd. arrives by way of Scott Zwiezen of Elf Cafe. The popular chef is known for hewing raw and vegan when possible, though Dune does not appear to be strictly either.

Soft open since mid-January, Dune is instead a simplified take on Middle Eastern food. What does that really mean? Don’t expect much, for one: only three sandwiches are currently available with a couple of drinks to ride alongside. Eventually, the plan is to add in meat and fish, but for now, there’s the deep-fried falafel balls (made gluten-free, naturally) and a few unexpected options like a full-on beet sandwich.

For now, the soft open situation means that Dune doesn’t have real seating (it’s like Gjusta, only smaller and cheaper and less of a wait), except a few stools in the window. There are metal tables outside that are free for the entire community to use, though. Daily hours run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

3143 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA