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  • Post #151 - September 27th, 2016, 11:15 am
    Post #151 - September 27th, 2016, 11:15 am Post #151 - September 27th, 2016, 11:15 am
    Based on a stop over the weekend, they expect to open Zad by the end of October.

    In other Pita Inn news, they are expanding the market. They have taken over most (if not all) of the strip mall next to the original restaurant. The market looks like it will close to double in size. They are adding a meat counter.

    Construction is underway (the bakery operations have already moved one storefront to the west), but I did not ask for at timetable. The market continues to operate in the original location.
  • Post #152 - September 30th, 2016, 1:50 pm
    Post #152 - September 30th, 2016, 1:50 pm Post #152 - September 30th, 2016, 1:50 pm
    Does anyone know what this Zad place is gonna serve?
  • Post #153 - April 17th, 2017, 3:24 pm
    Post #153 - April 17th, 2017, 3:24 pm Post #153 - April 17th, 2017, 3:24 pm
    Does anyone know if Pita Inn allows BYOB? I see the new Skokie location sells non alcoholic beer but not real beer and wine. My family loves Pita Inn but can't get them to go as often since they like to drink beer/wine when going out sometimes.
  • Post #154 - April 17th, 2017, 6:55 pm
    Post #154 - April 17th, 2017, 6:55 pm Post #154 - April 17th, 2017, 6:55 pm
    You can ask, but I assume if they are selling NA they are not permitting alcohol.
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

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  • Post #155 - April 17th, 2017, 6:56 pm
    Post #155 - April 17th, 2017, 6:56 pm Post #155 - April 17th, 2017, 6:56 pm
    Unless something has changed recently, they do not permit alcohol or any outside beverages.

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #156 - April 17th, 2017, 7:42 pm
    Post #156 - April 17th, 2017, 7:42 pm Post #156 - April 17th, 2017, 7:42 pm
    verno6000 wrote:My family loves Pita Inn but can't get them to go as often since they like to drink beer/wine when going out sometimes.


    IMO, your solution isn't found at Pita Inn, it's just over a mile east at Larsa's. The non-falafel items are approximately 84736819x's better than Pita Inn (whom I do enjoy). They allow BYOB.

    Feel free to make a charitable donation in my name after eating there.
  • Post #157 - April 17th, 2017, 8:07 pm
    Post #157 - April 17th, 2017, 8:07 pm Post #157 - April 17th, 2017, 8:07 pm
    verno6000 wrote:Does anyone know if Pita Inn allows BYOB? I see the new Skokie location sells non alcoholic beer but not real beer and wine. My family loves Pita Inn but can't get them to go as often since they like to drink beer/wine when going out sometimes.

    I swear I'm not being snarky when I ask this, but why didn't you just call the restaurant & ask? You posted this at a time in the day when you could have, the restaurant in question was open, you could've gotten a quick & definitive answer as opposed to waiting for a possibly wrong answer from a bunch of people on "the internet" who don't work there. What happens when someone on here gives you an answer that isn't actually true & you go in there expecting what you read on here???
    sorry....I work in restaurants & am tired of reading speculation & misinformation etc. from people "on the internet." I can't tell you how many times people have waved their phone in our employees' faces showing instagram, twitter, & whatever else & demanding to have the same thing served to them instead of what is on our actual menu on that day. Or insisting that something should be true of our business policies because they "read it on yelp/twitter/facebook/etc etc"

    please.... when you're asking about actual policies of our business, give us a little credit & ask US, not the internet public, huh? Send an email, make a phone call, ask the people who actually work there what their policies are, please! thanks!
  • Post #158 - April 17th, 2017, 8:29 pm
    Post #158 - April 17th, 2017, 8:29 pm Post #158 - April 17th, 2017, 8:29 pm
    Rocky419 wrote:
    verno6000 wrote:Does anyone know if Pita Inn allows BYOB?

    I swear I'm not being snarky when I ask this, but why didn't you just call the restaurant & ask?


    I would submit that LTH commenting is less about strict primary source utility value (I concede that Pita Inn is the rare classically managed restaurant w/ enough HR investment that their word carries reliability), and more about opening a pandora's box of opinionated takes from well informed sources, seeking more qualitative than quantitative feedback.
  • Post #159 - August 11th, 2017, 3:54 pm
    Post #159 - August 11th, 2017, 3:54 pm Post #159 - August 11th, 2017, 3:54 pm
    During a recent Lunch Visit, I noticed that the price for The Business Lunch Special has crept up slightly- again- as of a few weeks ago, but that the volume of tickets they generate- hasn't trailed off in the least.


    ImageThe Pita Inn- Skokie- Selling More SHWARAMA than any-other-Chicago-Middle-Eastern Restaurant-I know of.... by R. Kramer, on Flickr

    In fact- once when I was talking with The Manager-
    I casually asked "how many of those" (Schwarma-Stacks) do you go through, inna day??!"
    EIGHT- he said, quite casually.......do you realize
    most Middle Eastern places barely sell a-half-a-Schwarma-a-Day :?:
    .......causing many-next-day- Schwarma- to be mushy when reheated.
    Not here.
    ImageThese guys reload- EIGHT-Schwarma's Each Day! by R. Kramer, on Flickr

    8-in-a-Day! 8)
    Man.......that's a lotta meat.
  • Post #160 - September 14th, 2017, 12:00 pm
    Post #160 - September 14th, 2017, 12:00 pm Post #160 - September 14th, 2017, 12:00 pm
    Hombre de Acero wrote:During a recent Lunch Visit, I noticed that the price for The Business Lunch Special has crept up slightly- again- as of a few weeks ago,

    Now $7.85 with tax, a 20 percent increase on top of the 20 percent increase four years ago.
    Still a pretty good deal, but no longer the best deal around, IMO.
    Portion size remains the same, as does the good quality.
  • Post #161 - February 5th, 2018, 7:32 am
    Post #161 - February 5th, 2018, 7:32 am Post #161 - February 5th, 2018, 7:32 am
    Pita Inn has opened a DuPage County location. 1835 Arbiter Circle, Naperville.
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #162 - March 8th, 2019, 11:16 am
    Post #162 - March 8th, 2019, 11:16 am Post #162 - March 8th, 2019, 11:16 am
    We just got a couple chicken shawarma dishes last night (fattoush salad and the hummus-shawarma bowl) super delicious! So much better than roti and naf naf. And pretty much any other CS we've ever had. Now I get it, not only is it homemade stacked and seasoned, they go thru EIGHT a day so its always super fresh.
  • Post #163 - March 8th, 2019, 11:31 am
    Post #163 - March 8th, 2019, 11:31 am Post #163 - March 8th, 2019, 11:31 am
    champs2005 wrote:So much better than roti and naf naf.

    Yeah, it's not a very high bar. Roti is an unmitigated disaster and doesn't even belong in any serious discussion about food. The food at Naf Naf has gotten worse and worse as they've continued to expand. When it was just the single store in Naperville, it was truly a destination. Those days are just tiny dots in the rear-view mirror.

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #164 - March 8th, 2019, 12:12 pm
    Post #164 - March 8th, 2019, 12:12 pm Post #164 - March 8th, 2019, 12:12 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    champs2005 wrote:So much better than roti and naf naf.

    Yeah, it's not a very high bar. Roti is an unmitigated disaster and doesn't even belong in any serious discussion about food. The food at Naf Naf has gotten worse and worse as they've continued to expand.

    =R=

    Ron speaks Gospel with this.
    I can't imagine how Roti is still thriving.
    I still go to the Naf Nafs every once in a while. I'm actually pretty partial to their Baba Ghanouj bowl with chicken - liberally doused with their white garlic, and green hot sauces, and the lentil soup, but NOTHING else. The baba ghanouj and chicken schwarma aren't even good. It's that garlic and hot sauce that I crave. (and actually, the garlic sauce isn't anything too special - but that green hot sauce - I'm just all about that stuff)

    Pita Inn is what a fast casual Middle Eastern place SHOULD be. Some things could be a lil better, but for the volume they pump out - and the price, I have no right to complain. Always been a big fan, even though that lunch special price has crept up into the "no longer a crazy bargain" price.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #165 - March 8th, 2019, 12:40 pm
    Post #165 - March 8th, 2019, 12:40 pm Post #165 - March 8th, 2019, 12:40 pm
    seebee wrote:Pita Inn is what a fast casual Middle Eastern place SHOULD be. Some things could be a lil better, but for the volume they pump out - and the price, I have no right to complain. Always been a big fan, even though that lunch special price has crept up into the "no longer a crazy bargain" price.

    I think it fills a niche pretty well. Though, as some of my previous posts on this thread indicate, I've had my ups and downs with Pita Inn. When it's on, it's on. When it's not, oh well.

    We recently hosted a last-minute work lunch for about 15 people. The food was excellent (at the top of Pita Inn's scale) and our guests were impressed. PI didn't miss a beat -- or require any advance notice -- fulfilling our order. We called it in and 30 minutes later it was ready for pick up. And happily, everything we ordered was there.

    Still, I feel fortunate that Larsa's and Kabobi are both on my beaten path. I think they both surpass Pita Inn in most ways. I know those places can also turn out big orders but a bit more advance notice is generally required.

    =R=

    Larsa's Restaurant (website)
    3724 Dempster
    Skokie, IL 60076
    (847) 679-3663

    Kabobi (website)
    4748 N Kedzie
    Chicago, IL 60625
    (773) 583-1400
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #166 - March 8th, 2019, 12:46 pm
    Post #166 - March 8th, 2019, 12:46 pm Post #166 - March 8th, 2019, 12:46 pm
    counterpoint, I actually prefer Naf Naf and Roti to Pita Inn. As I've mentioned before, I find Pita Inn's chicken dry (others have suggested I'm going during off hours, but I've had it for lunch in Skokie with similar effect). In addition the "free" vegetable offerings are better at Naf/Roti - a weird afterthought salad of iceberg and mealy tomato doesn't really do it for me (stuffing it in a pita doesn't help).

    to each their own.
  • Post #167 - March 8th, 2019, 12:54 pm
    Post #167 - March 8th, 2019, 12:54 pm Post #167 - March 8th, 2019, 12:54 pm
    dudefella wrote:mealy tomato

    LOL, I couldn't agree more about Pita Inn's tomatoes. Even in the peak of the season, they're truly awful. I mean, do they go out of their way to get such awful ones? But they're an afterthought and that's not why I go there. And yes, their chicken shawarma can sometimes be dry but in my experience, it usually isn't.

    In any case, isn't the Pita Inn-Naf Naf-Roti discussion analogous to the McDonald's-Burger King-Wendy's discussion?

    =R=
    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #168 - March 8th, 2019, 1:34 pm
    Post #168 - March 8th, 2019, 1:34 pm Post #168 - March 8th, 2019, 1:34 pm
    One way to get decent vegetable matter at Pita Inn is to order the fattoush salad with the chicken shwarama on top. The salad is all like red leaf lettuce no iceberg, it also had red peppers, cukes, NO white tomatoes! Dressing on the side. So much better than that horrible bitter mix of iceberg and "tomatoes" that they put in the bottom of the sandwiches.

    To the person who prefers naf naf and roti to Pita Inn...really? I may never eat at naf naf or Roti (or halal guys) again. Not even in same league I feel.

    Yet to try Larsas...one of those places Ive driven by a million times never been.
  • Post #169 - March 8th, 2019, 2:14 pm
    Post #169 - March 8th, 2019, 2:14 pm Post #169 - March 8th, 2019, 2:14 pm
    champs2005 wrote:To the person who prefers naf naf and roti to Pita Inn...really? I may never eat at naf naf or Roti (or halal guys) again. Not even in same league I feel.


    Like I said, to each their own. but some more points for naf/roti: onions, pickles, and more sauce variety. some days you just want some schug or amba (or a reasonable approximation of it).
  • Post #170 - March 8th, 2019, 4:15 pm
    Post #170 - March 8th, 2019, 4:15 pm Post #170 - March 8th, 2019, 4:15 pm
    I’ll stick up for Naf Naf, up to a point. Hummus bowl with chicken shawarma and lots of salads, tahini, and schug hits the spot every so often. Yeah, I wish they didn’t pre-slice the shawarma and hold it in steam trays, but even Mizrahi Grill does that now (they slice it to order when they recognize me, which makes me think you could request that). Of course, Mizrahi is otherwise superior in every way.

    :schug:
  • Post #171 - March 8th, 2019, 4:55 pm
    Post #171 - March 8th, 2019, 4:55 pm Post #171 - March 8th, 2019, 4:55 pm
    champs2005 wrote:Yet to try Larsas...one of those places Ive driven by a million times never been.

    As soon as you go, you'll kick yourself for not trying it sooner. Everything (except maybe falafel) is on a whole different level from Pita Inn. Since you mentioned enjoying the fattoush at PI, if you have any Larsa's salad with their vinaigrette (the one used in their Mediterranean Salad, I don't think they have different versions, but just trying to be clear), that too should be enough to convert you. Adding a chicken kabab (or shawarma) will be a cherry on top.
  • Post #172 - March 8th, 2019, 6:31 pm
    Post #172 - March 8th, 2019, 6:31 pm Post #172 - March 8th, 2019, 6:31 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:Isn't the Pita Inn-Naf Naf-Roti discussion analogous to the McDonald's-Burger King-Wendy's discussion?

    =R=

    I think Pita Inn is at least one FULL star better than any of that list. Maybe even two.

    I haven't been to the Naperthrill Naf in AGES. It was a decent amount better than any of the new model locations I've been to. I say that because I think maybe 5ish years ago, I'd say that the Naperville NAf could hold it's own Vs Pita Inn.

    Dudefella, stop it. Just stop it.

    Just kidding :P

    (But really...quit it.)
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #173 - March 9th, 2019, 7:12 am
    Post #173 - March 9th, 2019, 7:12 am Post #173 - March 9th, 2019, 7:12 am
    I was new to Naf Naf & Pita Inn when we moved within striking distance of the N’ville Freedom Drive food mall. Worth noting NN is the flagship store and PI is a brand new franchise.

    Notes:
    Pita:
    Naf Naf
    Always super fresh but too soft imo. Their waxing gibbous pocket can make for uneven/awkward sandwich construction

    Pita Inn
    Remarkably stale at this location

    Meats:
    Naf Naf
    Shawarma (chix only) has good flavor but sometimes stewy/ mushy texture from holding. Kababs usually cooked well & fresh. Some less spiced than others. Kifta is good.

    Pita Inn
    Pretty dry across the board, kifta best option here too

    Hummus:
    Naf Naf
    Industrial tasting, like supermarket product

    Pita Inn
    Fine if unremarkable

    (Have not tried baba at either)

    Rice:
    Generic, cheap, Uncle Bensian at both stores

    Sauces:
    Naf Naf
    Excellent, esp the schug. Great variety, condiment bar is fun. My son inhales the pickles.

    Pita Inn
    Only two- generic hot sauce and fine tahini

    Salads:
    Naf Naf
    Flavorful and varied, though sometimes too wet

    Pita Inn
    Bagged lettuce mix & crappy tomatoes

    So overall, Naf Naf is the clear preference. It is essential take out for us, Middle Eastern has that fresh, low grease appeal.

    That said, I’ll take the crisp, moist & heavily spiced shawarma on chewy thin flatbread (or fluffy basmati) at my city standby Falafel & Grill any day.

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