Few people would confuse Boston with Amsterdam.
We don't have canals, we like cars more than bikes, and our coffee shops actually serve coffee.
But it's our shared love of cheap, delicious street food that bonds the two cities together, embodied by the opening of Amsterdam Falafelshop in Davis Square this week.
As you might have guessed, the place's signature dish is the star attraction. The falafel is made in-house daily, fried to order, and served on either a white or wheat organic pita.
And, this being America, we love to customize. The 21 available toppings, salads and sauces include Dutch-style mayo, pickled cauliflower, baba ghanoush, and old standards tahini and tzatziki sauces.
Pair that with Dutch fries (hand-cut, fried twice, and served in paper cones) and a brownie — sorry, no "magic" ingredient — and you have a cheap, tasty meal with a touch of European class.
A park bench makes a perfect dining area, or drop in one of the eight tables that face a wall-length mural of Amsterdam inside the restaurant.
Next time you think about "going Dutch," it won't be to split the bill.
opens this week
248 Elm St. (Chester St.), Davis Square
Price: 1 (out of 4) Noise: 1 (out of 4)
Subway: Red Line to Davis
Scene: Small neighborhood restaurant with Amsterdam-inspired art and photographs
Best bets: Falafel; Dutch fries; brownies
Feeling saucy: Try your fries with freitsaus (or Dutch mayo): a thicker, lower-fat version of its American cousin
Nearby: Casa Razdora; Silk Road BBQ; Biddy Early's