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Eat-A-Pita (Lakeview)

View Map3155 N. Halsted St., Chicago
Tel: (773) 929-6727
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Editorial Review of Eat-A-Pita (Lakeview)

You've probably already guessed, based on its name, that this place is all about the pita — and the action of eating it.

With dishes like stir-fry pitas, cold-pocket pitas and hot sandwiches served on a pita, you'll find that there is more to this flatbread than dipping in hummus and wrapping gyros. The stir-fry pitas are their specialties. Served on a two-sided styrofoam container, you’ll get a hefty serving of rice (or fries) and your choice of meat served on, what else, a pita. After you've picked the meat, you get to choose how it's cooked—teriyaki, sweet and sour, Cajun, etc. The Grecian-cooked chicken is full of Greek spices that compliment the flatbread found in many Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern cuisine.

The dining area is full of color with its bright-orange and yellow walls where framed pictures and posters of city skylines and Monet paintings hang. And the loud sounds of classic rock, from Kansas to Skynyrd, make this place a pretty relaxing stopover before hitting the bars of Boystown or Wrigleyville. There is also an outside patio when the weather is warm enough.

Yes, there is more to Eat-a-Pita than pitas. This Lakeview joint has an impressively large menu that includes burgers, baked potatoes, dinner dishes that include steaks and pork chops, desserts and shakes. But with a name like that, why settle for something else? Hot sandwiches ($4.25-$7.95) may include the gyro, but why not challenge yourself and try the Italian beef or a jumbo hot dog on a pita?

Average cost: <$10

Centerstage Reviewer: Kimber Solana

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11 a.m.-9:45 p.m. daily

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