Looking to satisfy your pita, hummus and/or kabob fix, but only have 20 minutes out of your hectic midday? Loop office workers can quickly hop on over to Roti Mediterranean Grill, a local up-and-coming chain that operates a little like a Mediterranean version of Subway (with Panera-worthy ingredients and ambiance), where you can customize the bread and toppings to concoct the pita of your dreams.
Sandwich-lovers will find Roti's pita pockets to be affordable ($6.50-$8.50) and tailor-made for each palate. Pick between chicken or steak roti (roti being the place's name for shawarma), grilled veggies, falafel, or chicken, steak or salmon kabob. Then add the toppings, like Romaine and iceberg lettuce, asiago cheese, hummus, baba gnannoush, feta cheese, kalamata olives or caramelized onions, just to name a few. Salads and specialty plates round out a short but to-the-point menu, with a Moroccan rice bowl or the Gibraltar and Venetian plates allowing for maximum sampling - cucumber salad, hummus or couscous are included in both. Unfortunately, no sangria at this location, so you'll have to head out to the suburban outposts for booze.
This location, across the street from the Willis Tower, is a substantially sized place for a lunch spot, with a capacity of about 50-60 people. Some charming shots of markets from around the world adorn the walls, with bright colors of spices, teas and vegetables bringing a little radiance to the space (the lighting can be a little dim). And if you're in a serious time crunch and need to eat on the run, try using Roti's online ordering system for pick-up or delivery.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Andy Seifert