Situated one storefront southeast of Tabaq
, another Indo-Pak cabbie joint that I really like, is Pita Grill. The name, signage and some of the fixtures (shawerma cones) indicate that it was probably once a Middle Eastern place. The offerings are now exclusively South Asian. I find it amusing that the new owners didn't even bother changing the generic name to reflect the new cuisine being served. What, "Curry Grill" was taken?
The restaurant is located in likely the second most dense area in Chicago for South Asian and East African food. Along with places like Pakeeza, Baba Palace, Jubba Restaurant (formerly Habeeb) and Mogadishu, to name but a few, Pita Grill serves the hard working cab drivers of our city who ferry around drunks and business people alike.
It is remarkable that Pita Grill and Tabaq, given their similar offerings, can exist side by side. Whenever I've walked by, both places seem fairly busy, with Tabaq being slightly more so.
On Sunday morning, I wandered by and decided to stop in. I was in the mood for eggs and ordered an omelet paratha as well as a fresh carrot juice (orange is also offered).
This is what I got:
The carrot juice was great - frothy, slightly sweet and just a tad cold. The omelet wasn't very flavorful - I was expecting it to be spicy, but satisfying nontheless, especially with some green chutney on the side. The paratha, made with whole wheat, was perfect. Flaky but not too oily.
Fellow patrons were enjoying breakfasts of what looked like haleem and tandoori chicken. Lots of other stewed options were available.
1241 North Clybourn