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Published July 18th 2013
Definitely worth a 'pit' stop
Pita Pit Adelaide Street Store. 280 Adelaide Street, Brisbane.
First up I'd like to mention that I'm not a paid Pita Pit ambassador although I may as well be. I absolutely love this place and I'm about to wax lyrical about this latest healthy fast-food concept that has recently arrived in Australia.
[ADVERT]Founded in Ontario in 1995, If you're never heard of Pita Pit then you're definitely not alone. The first local store only opened in Milton in December and I'm counting my lucky stars they chose Brisbane as the first site. Since December, they've opened up an Adelaide Street store and have one for the Valley in the works, set to open in August. Expect to see a lot more of these around the place. When they arrive in Sydney I'm expecting a particularly big fanfare if they open one on Pitt Street - corny, but good marketing opportunity perhaps.
Anyway, my love affair with Pita Pit goes way back to 2005 when I was studying in the U.S. Founded in Canada in 1997, I remember being recommended the chain as a great place to eat and there was one located just off campus. Since fast food is a US staple, and because I tried to be at least somewhat healthy while there, Pita Pit seemed like a good compromise. I probably had no less than 20 pita pits in the 10 months I was there (many of them drunken ones) and I'm sure I'll have a similar tally before the year is out – especially since I can get them on my lunchbreak.
I was certainly glad I gave it a shot then since this place pits all over Subway. Speaking of Subway, the concept and ordering process is quite similar except their menu is complete with far more delicious and more interesting menu options, (chicken, brie and cranberry, falafel and roast lamb to name a few) and the result is a taste sensation that's far less bready and with more filling than a subway – more generous with fillings and just more satisfying.
What is also a point of difference are the salad options. As well as the basics like you would expect you now have the option to include pineapple, beetroot, mushrooms, several different shredded cheeses, tabouli and much more.
Steak and Cheese pita is one of my longtime favourites
On my most recent visit I had the steak and cheese pita with Chipotle sauce, where they grill the steak and sauté the mushrooms in front of your eyes. The staff at the Adelaide Street store were all particularly friendly and welcoming plus patient when explaining to customers how the ordering process works. I know I was a little overwhelmed by all the choices with the ordering process on my very first visit so having someone to guide you through it definitely helps.
Pita Pit staff preparing pitas. The Adelaide St store staff are super friendly and guide you through the process. Image courtesy of Facebook Page
Upon ordering the staff will ask if you want any of your veggies grilled and they definitely seem to encourage you to have as many as you want - and can fit. My number one tip would have to be to resist shoving everything in though since overstuffing your pita detracts from the flavour and you'll taste more salad than meat.
Second tip is to stick with one sauce (even though you'll be asked if you want several) otherwise you'll also taste more sauce than anything else and in my opinion its all about the fresh flavours of the grilled meats when going to Pita Pit.
If you've seen their bright shop fronts and are sick of the usual lunchtime offerings of salads, sandwiches and sushi, make the Pit stop into Pita Pit soon. With two locations in Brisbane and many more planned around the country, this place is sure to be a Pita Hit.