To the uninitiated, Layla seems like an odd concept. A burger, milkshake and … shawarma joint? Fusion is certainly having a moment, but often it’s more bulgogi taco than baba ganoush burger. But while American diner fare may not be the first thing you think of pairing with Middle Eastern food, once you try Layla’s falafel fries, you’ll realize just how much this mix makes sense. In place of the traditional balls, Layla fashions its parsley-flecked chickpea batter into large, rectangular strips, similar in shape to a jumbo French fry. And while you wouldn’t think of dipping these fries into tomato-based ketchup, fortunately, you don’t have to. Layla serves them with a side of rich cucumber and yogurt tzatziki for dipping. Comfort food at its best. Photo by Mabel Suen.