Hubby and I had to cruise over to Wal-Mart (ugh!) to pick up a few things today. It being Sunday, the lot was pretty crowded and we had to park waaaaaay out of the way. On the trek to the store, we spotted the "Pita's Mediterranean Grill" sign, and I recalled a review somewhere that had claimed the food was good.
After braving the cattle crush in Wally World, we were ready for a nice lunch, and decided to try Pita's. The scent of grilling meat that greeted us as we entered was enticing. The specialty of the house appeared to be chicken, lamb or beef shawarma - marinated, flame-grilled meat, either in sandwiches or on plates with almond rice, hummus, salad, tahini and pita bread. The menu also listed kabobs, falafel, salads (including fattoush, which I absolutely love), baba ghanouj, and even a low-carb plate.
Hubby and I opted for the beef shawarma plates. The meat was cooked to order, and was lean, tender and quite flavorful, especially with the house-made hot sauce, which was made from fresh grilled tomatoes, onions, peppers, and herbs, and had a delightful, smoky tang to it. The hummus had a rich, creamy flavor and texture, without the slightest grit or bitterness. The salad was dressed with a nice, peppery olive oil that my Hubby, having Sicilian heritage, really enjoyed. The charming young fellow at the counter (who turned out to be one of the owners) seemed really enthusiastic about the food, and offered us samples of the chicken and lamb shawarma. (Hubby loved both, but favored the chicken. I like the lamb...)
We'll definitely be going back, but, next time, we'll remember to save room for a bit of the delicious-looking baklava on display by the register...
Pita's Mediterranean Grill
763 Center Drive
San Marcos, CA 92069