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Go to Davis Square for crispy falafel in a pita or a bowl

Matt D’Alessio is the owner of Amsterdam Falafelshop, which makes falafel that can be eaten with a variety of toppings. French fries come with dipping sauces.
Matt D’Alessio is the owner of Amsterdam Falafelshop, which makes falafel that can be eaten with a variety of toppings. French fries come with dipping sauces.Photos by Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

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If a restaurant is only going to have two items on its menu, it better do them both incredibly well. So it is a good thing that Amsterdam Falafelshop has perfected the art of frying chickpeas and potatoes. But even limited to falafel and fries, you still have decisions to make.

If the line is long (as it often is, especially on weekends and late nights when Davis Square is teeming), you will have time to consider your options. Don’t expect too much help from the counter staff — they seem to be cultivating a sullen hipster vibe more often found in Brooklyn than Somerville.

Owned by Somerville resident Matt D’Alessio, the restaurant is a franchise of a Washington, D.C., spot.

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