f you’re anywhere in Cairo and need a quick meal, avoid Western fast food restaurants and try tasty Gad, Cairo’s most popular Egyptian street food restaurant. I spent four weeks in Egypt in 2011 immediately following the revolution, and once I tried the falafel and hummus sandwich here, I couldn’t stop myself from going back. If you don’t speak Arabic, it can be very difficult to order, so try pointing at something being eaten by another customer or being made behind the counter. The ordering process is also a bit confusing. (Order from a cook behind the counter, who will give you a receipt. Then, bring the receipt to the cashier and pay in cash.) Nevertheless, the food is delicious, and it’s also the right price: a falafel and hummus sandwich costs 2 Egyptian pounds (about 30 US cents) and a shawerma meat sandwich costs 11 Egyptian pounds (about US $1.65). WB
To read the whole story of the trip on which I discovered Gad, read: Leaving a revolution behind — Saying goodbye as Egyptian revolutionaries protest on the eve of an important referendum.