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Pita Grill

View Map1241 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago
Tel: (312) 255-8122
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Editorial Review of Pita Grill

You gotta love a restaurant with huge pictures of their own plates plastered all over the walls, as if to say, "who needs Coca-Cola decor when you've got a camera and a kitchen full of delicious food?" That's the attitude in Old Town fast-food joint Pita Grill, where the space over the kitchen where the menu usually resides is instead full of oversized portraits of kabobs and shawerma. The actual menu is relegated to a tiny corner near the register, if you're looking for it.

Middle Eastern mainstays fill the bulk of the menu savory stuff like a shish kabob sandwich, a shawerma wrap or a plate of rotisserie-cooked gyros. Munch on an appetizer or a side order like tabbouleh, Jerusalem salad or a large plate of hummus. Pita Grill also offers a variety of Pakistani and Indian food, like keema (small pieces of ground beef with spices, onion and tomatoes) or chicken tandoori (chicken marinated in spices and cooked on a charcoal grill). And yes, the place does open at 9 a.m., so there is a simple, modest breakfast menu, with every option featuring paratha, Indian flat bread.

Pita Grill's located in a relatively tiny brick-layered building, but a banner outside is pretty easy to spot, filled, again, with large depictions of its own food. And while most wouldn't equate "a pita joint" with "great place to lounge," Pita Grill at least partially fancies itself one: Bring your laptop and surf on the restaurant's wi-fi, or sit around and watch the latest news on Al Jazeera.

Average cost: <$10

Centerstage Reviewer: Andy Seifert

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9 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-4 a.m. Friday-Saturday

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