I've been a fan of Jaffa Cafe in SLO for years. One of the long time employees and his son announced last year that they were taking over the vacant space next door to Jaffa to open a mediterranean style pizza shop. It sounded like a great compliment to the food at Jaffa.
So their new place, Petra Cafe, just opened a few weeks ago and I couldn't wait to try it. I was a bit shocked to see the menu. Indeed they do have pizza, but also practically duplicated the entire menu of Jaffa. This is odd since they are right next door to one another. Petra is serving the same gyros, lamb and chicken shawarma, and falafel in either plates or sandwiches.
So hubby and I decided to do a taste comparison and ordered a lamb shawarma plate and chicken shawarma sandwich. Petra has some nice touches such as beer on tap and they make homemade pita bread to order. When we walked in the owner gave us a sample of hot bread to try while we checked out the menu.
The bread did stand out over Jaffa's. Otherwise we both agreed that we preferred Jaffa for their hummus that is creamier and with a nicer garlic flavor, as well as for their delicious lemony tabboulleh salad.
The table next to us had a Greek Feta pizza and added gyro meat to it. It did look good and they said it tasted just as good as it looked.
A co-worker was walking out of Jaffa yesterday and said the owner of Petra came out after her in the parking lot and gave her a menu and said "take this for next time." It seems that a strange competition has started. As for us, we'll stick with Jaffa.
Petra Pizza and Grill
1210 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA