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Basha vs. Pita Inn

ElinorA | Jun 2, 200304:35 PM

Basha and Pita Inn are two Lebanese/Middle Eastern fast food joints on Dempster Ave. in Skokie. My husband and I are Basha loyalists, but we notice that Pita Inn is always way more packed with customers. We ate at Pita Inn yesterday (his first time, my second), and our good opinion of Basha was confirmed. Pita Inn's falafel was indifferent and comes with limp pale lettuce, and the Jerusalem and yogurt salads were bland. My husband said the shawarma was disappointing. We didn't try the baba ganouj (sp?), though, which is the real test for us. They did have some nice-looking baklava at a reasonable price ($.85), but we were too full to try it.

Basha's baba ganouj is FABULOUS--smoky tasting, complex, and rich. I love their vegetarian sides platter, which comes with falafel, two salads, hummus, and baba ganouj. The service is always pleasant, and the place is clean. They've just added more salads to their menu.

What does everyone else think about the two in comparison? Any theories as to why Pita Inn is more crowded? Maybe Basha needs a bigger sign and more advertising?

A chowhound in Evanston,

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