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Pitta Souvli - Chandler, AZ

yamalam | Feb 6, 200810:03 AM

My latest favorite neighborhood joint! It suffers from a horrible location in a S. Chandler strip mall, as if that weren't horrible enough on it's own, on the NWC of Alma School and Germann. It's really hard to find, tucked away in the Mountainside Fitness Plaza towards the far west corner. But once you get there, it's pretty cute, with 10 or so tables inside, a granite bar with a few stools in the back, and a little fenced off patio area with lights and ivy. I like that they offer regular table service as opposed to the fast casual model/ order at the counter/QSR, whatever you want to call it. The menu features the usual Mediterranean faves, your Hummus, BabaG, Souvlaki, etc, all of which are solid. My routine is to start with the Black Bean Hummus ($3.80), delicious thanks to it's creamy texture, unexpected flavor combo, and abundant pita bread it comes with. From there I like the Tabbouleh($6.50), Lentil Salad($7.50) or Horiatiki Salad($8), depending on my mood. All three are great, you can tell they're made with quality olive oil, and fresh herbs and veggies. Usually that fills me up, but I have tried the Gyros and Chicken Souvlaki, and both were great, though I liked the chicken better. It was perfectly cooked, slightly charred on the outside but moist inside. I ordered the gyros to go and they were cold by the time I got home so I will wait to pass judgement on those. Another time I ordered the Grilled Halloumi appetizer at the owner's recommendation but it was a slight let down- only 5 or so smallish pieces of cheese and so simple that I felt I could've made it at home. Still good flavor, but not something I'll go for again. I haven't been to Spices on McClintock, but I have tried Chef H and Dooby's and Pitta Souvli definitely held it's ground against these spots. In my handful of lunch and dinner visits, it has yet to be more than 50% full, so I hope more people find it before they go out of business and I have to revert to Daphne's for my short haul hummus cravings.

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