Thursday I was meeting someone at Pita Inn at 12:30.The place was packed so we went to Larsa'a and were the only ones there the whole meal IIRC.Too bad.Great falafel and I loved the lentil soup.Larsa's could benefit from some Check Please publicity.
Except Pita Inn was packed well before Check, Please ever got on the air -
and has continued to be ever since. I dont even think the airing of the program
changed the number of patrons all that much - the crowds seem just as
much. I remember stupidly going for lunch at 12:05 once, to the Skokie
location, a good 4/5 years ago - an eat-in rather than pickup, and this was
before their expansion. Took me a good 30+ minutes in line just to place
my order! They are *so* busy for lunch it isnt even funny - and theyre very
busy at the Wheeling location for lunch too, have been there at lunchtime
more than a few times (there used to be a huge crowd of office-workers
from Motorola who patronized that spot for lunch in the old dsays IIRC).
One learns to always go to Pita Inn after calling ahead, and picking up
most of the time for lunch.
The big difference is that Pita Inn has faster service than Larsa's, and
is cheaper - and those are the most important things to most people
I think. Its also good, of course
Their lunch special is very good, and
might be the best deal in town - they didnt change its price even when
they raised the price of everything else on the menu a year or two ago.
Its still like 4.30 with tax or some such - and its basically a combination
meal, and probably too much food to finish if you eat it all (including
the salad). And again, its good.
Larsa's doesnt have anything like a true combo lunch special, and so suffers
in comparison IMHO. Ive been to Larsa's and I like the food - I had *their*
lunch combo, which was 1-kabab-and-1-shawarma deal for 6.50 or
some such IIRC. The kababs were good, too. But even without any
rush, it took me longer to get my meal than it would at Pita Inn usually -
and it wasnt a "combo meal" as such, so it didnt include the falafel,
the 3 types of kabab that Pita Inn does etc. I liked how it tasted,
though, so I will go back - but I'll also go back to Pita Inn for their
lunch special often enough (partly because, after so many years, Ive
gotten addicted to Pita Inn's "hot and white" sauces too, and no other
sauce tastes quite as good
And you cant really beat a big, good,
4 buck lunch
I do like Larsa, though - and go there too, sometimes. There is also Basha
in the area - but I think Larsa is better. Hadnt bothered to ever try the pizza
at Larsa despite a few trips, but maybe I'll give that a go sometime since
it seems to be recd' here.