Yassin's Falafel House

Amanda Friedman  for Reader’s Digest    Yassin Terou with his wife, Jamileh Al Saghir, and daughters Shaam (left) and Judy

Amanda Friedman for Reader’s Digest

Yassin Terou with his wife, Jamileh Al Saghir, and daughters Shaam (left) and Judy

Just down the road from Nashville in Knoxville, TN is an authentic Mediterranean restaurant serving homemade falafel called Yassin’s Falafel House. What makes this place even more special is that it was voted “Nicest Place in America” by Reader’s Digest.

Yassin Terou, a refugee from Syria who came to Knoxville in 2011 and has become a beloved local celebrity. It’s easy to understand why. The moment you step into his Falafel House, a sign welcoming people of all religions, faiths, sexes and beyond hangs proudly on the wall. In Yassin’s own words, “When you break bread, you break hate.”

Read more from the Reader’s Digest interview.