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  • Post #91 - September 6th, 2009, 7:18 pm
    Post #91 - September 6th, 2009, 7:18 pm Post #91 - September 6th, 2009, 7:18 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    cilantro wrote:Maybe the falafel -- Mizrahi's is far superior, but it's not that nearby.

    Gotta respectfully disagree with you on this. Mizrahi certainly makes a distinctive version but for my palate its somewhat bland and uninteresting. In spite of the repeated service gaffes I've experienced at PI, I still like most of their food.

    =R=



    Man, all of this falafel talk has me reminiscing about the Falafel King in Skokie. IMO, that was good falafel.
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #92 - September 7th, 2009, 6:08 am
    Post #92 - September 7th, 2009, 6:08 am Post #92 - September 7th, 2009, 6:08 am
    Dave148 wrote:Man, all of this falafel talk has me reminiscing about the Falafel King in Skokie. IMO, that was good falafel.


    The day the Falafel King morphed into whatever it was they tried to make it was very sad. Back then, my office was across the street from Pita Inn (and Poochies), but I would always go the Falafel King instead of Pita Inn. I loved their falafel, which were smaller and rounder then any falafel I have ever seen and nice and crunchy as a result.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #93 - September 10th, 2009, 12:11 pm
    Post #93 - September 10th, 2009, 12:11 pm Post #93 - September 10th, 2009, 12:11 pm
    For comparison's sake, I went to Mizrahi yesterday for the first time. At 5PM, it was dead. But the place was impressively kitchen-clean, and I ordered the $15.00 falafel plate. What I got was 12-14 falafel balls, a heaping mound of saffron-tinted rice pilaf, beautifully grilled and crunchy red & yellow pepper with zucchini, and a large-sized Jerusalem salad (like Pita Inn's but without the juice). Hot & white sauce on the side. The white was identical to Pita Inn, the hot sauce quite different.

    Look, Mizrahi is at least twice the price of Pita Inn, even allowing for the comparitive portion size. Whether that's a function of being strictly Kosher, as an Italian I can't say. But I really liked the difference in the falafel from Pita Inn--a less fluorescent green inside, and somewhat coarser. It's a nice change, but Pita Inn's top-to-bottom value & quality are tough to beat.
  • Post #94 - October 2nd, 2009, 2:16 pm
    Post #94 - October 2nd, 2009, 2:16 pm Post #94 - October 2nd, 2009, 2:16 pm
    I want to report that on Wednesday of this week we carried out lunch from Pita Inn in Skokie and every single item we ordered was included! The streak is over. :)

    Btw, the lunch was really delicious and it included some of the creamiest hummus I've had from PI in a long time. Also, the hot sauce was particularly fiery, which was a surprising treat.

    =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 #95 - October 2nd, 2009, 7:34 pm
    Post #95 - October 2nd, 2009, 7:34 pm Post #95 - October 2nd, 2009, 7:34 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:I want to report that on Wednesday of this week we carried out lunch from Pita Inn in Skokie and every single item we ordered was included! The streak is over. :)

    Btw, the lunch was really delicious and it included some of the creamiest hummus I've had from PI in a long time. Also, the hot sauce was particularly fiery, which was a surprising treat.

    =R=


    Was this the last non-pizza lunch that your partner enjoyed? If so what did he order?
    http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=26136
  • Post #96 - October 2nd, 2009, 11:59 pm
    Post #96 - October 2nd, 2009, 11:59 pm Post #96 - October 2nd, 2009, 11:59 pm
    gtomaras wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:I want to report that on Wednesday of this week we carried out lunch from Pita Inn in Skokie and every single item we ordered was included! The streak is over. :)

    Btw, the lunch was really delicious and it included some of the creamiest hummus I've had from PI in a long time. Also, the hot sauce was particularly fiery, which was a surprising treat.

    =R=


    Was this the last non-pizza lunch that your partner enjoyed? If so what did he order?
    http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=26136

    'Twas indeed. He ordered the shawarma sandwich on whole wheat pita, if I'm not mistaken.

    =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 #97 - October 4th, 2009, 10:45 pm
    Post #97 - October 4th, 2009, 10:45 pm Post #97 - October 4th, 2009, 10:45 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:I want to report that on Wednesday of this week we carried out lunch from Pita Inn in Skokie and every single item we ordered was included! The streak is over. :)

    Btw, the lunch was really delicious and it included some of the creamiest hummus I've had from PI in a long time. Also, the hot sauce was particularly fiery, which was a surprising treat.

    =R=


    "They Love you, they really, really love you". Additionally, you deserve a gold star for trying again. Did the delivery person double check the order at the restaurant?
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening
  • Post #98 - October 4th, 2009, 11:10 pm
    Post #98 - October 4th, 2009, 11:10 pm Post #98 - October 4th, 2009, 11:10 pm
    pairs4life wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:I want to report that on Wednesday of this week we carried out lunch from Pita Inn in Skokie and every single item we ordered was included! The streak is over. :)

    Btw, the lunch was really delicious and it included some of the creamiest hummus I've had from PI in a long time. Also, the hot sauce was particularly fiery, which was a surprising treat.

    =R=


    "They Love you, they really, really love you". Additionally, you deserve a gold star for trying again. Did the delivery person double check the order at the restaurant?

    LOL! I like the food at PI quite a bit, so full-on a boycott is not in the cards. But I deserve no credit for essentially being too lazy to get my own lunch when the rest of my co-workers decided they were getting PI. I could not have made less effort than I did to get this lunch, without finding someone to feed it to me, or chew it for me. :D

    The people who went to pick it up didn't check every single item but they did count items in the bags. They knew when they left the restaurant with the order that it included the correct number of items. Also, the person who placed the order made sure to request that special care be given since there had been several screw-ups.

    Since my co-workers know that PI and I have 'a history,' I was suprised they didn't eff with me by hiding my items or pretending in some way that they were forgotten again. I was fully expecting that to happen but it didn't. :)

    =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 #99 - June 2nd, 2010, 4:06 pm
    Post #99 - June 2nd, 2010, 4:06 pm Post #99 - June 2nd, 2010, 4:06 pm
    Carryout from Pita Inn in Wheeling last night: Since I have another week or so of restricted diet after my recent hospital stay, I ordered a little differently than I might normally, skipping the usual spreads and fried items.

    More often than not, I get the combination feast (a bargain, especially in the weekday "businessman's lunch"), but last night I really enjoyed the lamb kebab ... juicy ground lamb, lightly minty and nicely grilled with pink interior. I love the buttery rice pilaf that comes with most meals at Pita Inn, and last night I ate every grain.

    Tabbouleh was good, but could have used more mint for my taste. The stuffed grape leaves were disappointing -- I order them often, but last night's came with mushy filling -- way, way overcooked rice. Usually, they're much better.

    Despite that one flaw, I continue to think that for fresh, fast and cheap, these places rock. The Skokie and Glenview locations also keep slightly late hours for the 'burbs, which is a plus.
  • Post #100 - June 2nd, 2010, 5:29 pm
    Post #100 - June 2nd, 2010, 5:29 pm Post #100 - June 2nd, 2010, 5:29 pm
    LAZ- No Lentil soup? I love the lentil soup. Is that part of your restrictions?

    Fast recovery w/ more baba & falafel in your future v.v. soon.
    Ava-"If you get down and out, just get in the kitchen and bake a cake."- Jean Strickland

    Horto In Urbs- Falling in love with Urban Vegetable Gardening
  • Post #101 - June 3rd, 2010, 2:49 pm
    Post #101 - June 3rd, 2010, 2:49 pm Post #101 - June 3rd, 2010, 2:49 pm
    The "businessman's lunch" should be on the other thread of best deals in Chicago.

    Since it's now summer, want to encourage trial of Pita Inn's lemonade which is the best I've ever had....get it in the "to go" cup even if you're eating in
  • Post #102 - June 3rd, 2010, 2:53 pm
    Post #102 - June 3rd, 2010, 2:53 pm Post #102 - June 3rd, 2010, 2:53 pm
    auxen1 wrote:The "businessman's lunch" should be on the other thread of best deals in Chicago.

    Still $4.95?

    =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 #103 - June 3rd, 2010, 3:20 pm
    Post #103 - June 3rd, 2010, 3:20 pm Post #103 - June 3rd, 2010, 3:20 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    auxen1 wrote:The "businessman's lunch" should be on the other thread of best deals in Chicago.

    Still $4.95?

    $3.95 without the chicken!
  • Post #104 - June 3rd, 2010, 3:35 pm
    Post #104 - June 3rd, 2010, 3:35 pm Post #104 - June 3rd, 2010, 3:35 pm
    LAZ wrote:
    ronnie_suburban wrote:
    auxen1 wrote:The "businessman's lunch" should be on the other thread of best deals in Chicago.

    Still $4.95?

    $3.95 without the chicken!

    Damn! I want one right now! :D

    =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 #105 - June 3rd, 2010, 8:12 pm
    Post #105 - June 3rd, 2010, 8:12 pm Post #105 - June 3rd, 2010, 8:12 pm
    I'm not picking nits, maybe I am. I'm not trying to pick nits, let's say. It's called the "Business Lunch Special" or the "Combination Lunch Special." It very well may have been called the "BusinessMAN'S Lunch Special" before, but lest any of the Steinem types get insensed... :D

    Anyway, for 5.65 out the door, a lunch special (no chicken,) a small baba ghannouj, and an extra harissa might be the best lunch deal in creation. Furthermore, you gotta be ready to tackle a mound of food that size.

    Side note for Ronnie_s:
    I kid you not. Bin Hai. (I think you're in the neighborhood?) New management or ownership or something. Kung Pao Chicken lunch special. I'd love to hear another viewpoint on this. Not sesame chicken, not kung pao beef, not vegetable delight. Kung Pao Chicken. I think I must be nuts, cuz I think the stuff is fantastic.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #106 - June 3rd, 2010, 10:43 pm
    Post #106 - June 3rd, 2010, 10:43 pm Post #106 - June 3rd, 2010, 10:43 pm
    seebee wrote:I'm not picking nits, maybe I am. I'm not trying to pick nits, let's say. It's called the "Business Lunch Special" or the "Combination Lunch Special." It very well may have been called the "BusinessMAN'S Lunch Special" before, but lest any of the Steinem types get insensed... :D

    Yes, I think you're right about this. :D

    seebee wrote:Side note for Ronnie_s:
    I kid you not. Bin Hai. (I think you're in the neighborhood?) New management or ownership or something. Kung Pao Chicken lunch special. I'd love to hear another viewpoint on this. Not sesame chicken, not kung pao beef, not vegetable delight. Kung Pao Chicken. I think I must be nuts, cuz I think the stuff is fantastic.

    I will be certain to give it a try, and soon. Thanks, for the tip.

    =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 #107 - June 3rd, 2010, 11:29 pm
    Post #107 - June 3rd, 2010, 11:29 pm Post #107 - June 3rd, 2010, 11:29 pm
    if you are eating in, ask for torshi--its free and pretty good.
  • Post #108 - June 4th, 2010, 1:47 pm
    Post #108 - June 4th, 2010, 1:47 pm Post #108 - June 4th, 2010, 1:47 pm
    I did not know that you could knock off a dollar by eliminating the chicken. Same deal with the big piece of beef? Which is the least flavorful item on the plate.
  • Post #109 - June 4th, 2010, 2:33 pm
    Post #109 - June 4th, 2010, 2:33 pm Post #109 - June 4th, 2010, 2:33 pm
    auxen1 wrote:I did not know that you could knock off a dollar by eliminating the chicken. Same deal with the big piece of beef? Which is the least flavorful item on the plate.


    Well, there are two beef piece type things in the special. The ground "kifta," and the chunk o meat (shish kabab.)
    Assuming you mean the shish kabab:

    I have a question for you. Do you normally frequent the one on Milwaukee? The reason: I have heard from quite a few, and also experienced 6 or 7 times, that the one on Milwaukee's shish kabab is horrible. I work closer to the wheeling location now, and of the literally hundreds of times I've gotten the lunch special, not once has their shish kebob been anywhere close to remotely as bad as the shish kebab at the one on Milwaukee is.

    To answer your question, however, no, it is not offered on the menu to sub out the beef chunks (There should be two pieces per lunch special) and pay a dollar less. You might want to ask if it's possible, but the menu only lists chicken as the optional part of a lunch special. Up until about a year ago, you had to ask for chicken to get it. NOW, you have to ask for it without chicken if you don't want it, or it will come standard. (At least at the Wheeling location anyway.) Just for another viewpoint, at the one in Wheeling, I'd rather have Chicken than the schawarma. I think their shish kabab chunks are really flavorful, and almost always very tender. The schawarma can be lacking in flavor sometimes, imo.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #110 - June 4th, 2010, 3:00 pm
    Post #110 - June 4th, 2010, 3:00 pm Post #110 - June 4th, 2010, 3:00 pm
    We have only ordered from the one on Dempster.

    Yes, it's the chunk o beef to which I was referring. And its horrible. But it's lunch and I'm a businessman so I eat it.

    The introduction of the chicken breast about a year ago was like Christmas in summer. It is a full breast, always very tender and flavorful.

    It's a ridiculous value.
  • Post #111 - June 21st, 2010, 6:45 pm
    Post #111 - June 21st, 2010, 6:45 pm Post #111 - June 21st, 2010, 6:45 pm
    My buddies behind the counter at the Glenview store tell me that owner Falah Tabahi will open his 4th Pita Inn in...NAPERVILLE!! It should open in about a year from now. :shock:
  • Post #112 - June 23rd, 2010, 12:25 pm
    Post #112 - June 23rd, 2010, 12:25 pm Post #112 - June 23rd, 2010, 12:25 pm
    Whenever I eat at the Glenview Pita Inn, I always kibitz with Adel (the owner's brother-in-law) and ask when they're opening a store in Florida so Mama Fresser and I can eat there during the winter. Plans for the Florida store are on hold, but Adel now tells me that Pita Inn is scheduled to open in Naperville in about 18 months from now.

    I'm already aiming the Fressermobile down I-294 in eager anticipation...
  • Post #113 - June 23rd, 2010, 10:35 pm
    Post #113 - June 23rd, 2010, 10:35 pm Post #113 - June 23rd, 2010, 10:35 pm
    18 months? +1 for planning ahead, I guess.
  • Post #114 - June 24th, 2010, 1:46 pm
    Post #114 - June 24th, 2010, 1:46 pm Post #114 - June 24th, 2010, 1:46 pm
    18 months? +1 for planning ahead, I guess.


    Given all the road construction if you start now you should make it there by opening day.
  • Post #115 - June 28th, 2010, 3:23 pm
    Post #115 - June 28th, 2010, 3:23 pm Post #115 - June 28th, 2010, 3:23 pm
    My standard at the Skokie location is the combination feast and a small hummos. I never really understand the guy when he repeats back my order, but it is always right!
  • Post #116 - June 28th, 2010, 3:49 pm
    Post #116 - June 28th, 2010, 3:49 pm Post #116 - June 28th, 2010, 3:49 pm
    No need to wait. Just head over to Naf Naf grill for awesome pita. Just check the thread on it.
  • Post #117 - January 26th, 2012, 12:57 pm
    Post #117 - January 26th, 2012, 12:57 pm Post #117 - January 26th, 2012, 12:57 pm
    Apparently, there's a class-action lawsuit vs. Pita Inn which affects...
    All persons who used either a credit card or debit card at any of Defendant’s places of business, where Defendant provided that person an electronically printed receipt at the point of sale or transaction that displayed the expiration date of that person’s credit card or debit card, for a time period beginning on February 1, 2011 to June 13, 2011.

    Details here

    =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 #118 - January 27th, 2012, 11:35 am
    Post #118 - January 27th, 2012, 11:35 am Post #118 - January 27th, 2012, 11:35 am
    All for printing a credit card expiration date on a receipt?! Marrone! :roll:

    And the most you can get is forty bucks. I always pay cash, so no lentil soup for me!

    This kind of nonsense is why the court system is so bolloxed up.
  • Post #119 - January 27th, 2012, 1:22 pm
    Post #119 - January 27th, 2012, 1:22 pm Post #119 - January 27th, 2012, 1:22 pm
    Who cares if the date was printed on it? I don't see why that's a big deal, especially to file a lawsuit.
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  • Post #120 - January 27th, 2012, 1:30 pm
    Post #120 - January 27th, 2012, 1:30 pm Post #120 - January 27th, 2012, 1:30 pm
    I really posted this information as just that -- information. Those who are affected can follow through or not. It was actually posted at Pita Inn.

    I'm not sure it really serves our purposes here to debate the merits of the suit, the court system, laws, etc.

    Thanks,

    =R=
    for the moderators
    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

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