Erica Strait is the new version of the American Dream. She started her empire by creating the most delicious, herbaceous, nearly floral falafels on the planet and selling them at the Kingfield Farmers Market as Foxy Falafel, alongside her homemade kombucha and bicycle-powered smoothies. It soon became obvious she had a hit, and it wasn’t long before falafels had invaded a whole new generation’s eating lexicon. People began crying for more than a weekly appearance. This summer she launched her first food truck, nicknamed Foxy Roxy, while at the same time making the leap to open a brick-and-mortar eatery. Her new shop is off of the plagued-by-construction University Avenue corridor, but I’m not worried. Strait is offering salads, turkey shawarma, housemade soda, and of course falafel in a casual café that is both fast and friendly. Her commitment to quality and dedication to her business make me think this won’t be the last one. I’d be quite happy with a city populated by Foxy Falafels on every corner.
791 Raymond Ave., St. Paul, 651-243-0813, foxyfalafel.com