I was really looking forward to the opening of the Pita Grill in the ill-fated space that was J.J.'s Deli. I love middle eastern food and it would be really nice to be able to get my fix without having to truck down to the Mediterranean Deli.
Long story short, I'm still going to have to make the trip to Franklin Street. I stopped at the Pita Grill for lunch and ordered a falafel wrap and a side of grape leaves. If you're going to open a middle eastern casual restaurant, these are things you should have nailed from Day One. Unfortunately, the falafel were mushy and under-seasoned; the humus that came in the wrap was so bland as to be unnoticeable; and the fries that came with weren't worth eating; there was also no tahini sauce, nor did I see any on the menu. The grape leaves were actually nicely flavored, but some of them were undercooked, giving one the mouth-feel of raw rice. Prices were also high compared to Med Deli or Baba Ganoush: the falafel was $8.50 including fries.
It's a shame, but I won't be back there unless maybe they get featured on one of those restaurant makeover shows.
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