Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Pita Kitchen Makes LA's Best Chicken Pita

In my humble opinion there is only one meal worth the dreadful drive from Santa Monica to the Valley. Not a hole in the wall sushi joint. Not the burger at Laurel Tavern. Not Brent's Deli. Not even the blessed Black & Whites of Tarzana's Bea's Bakery. Nope, not worth it. 

The only reason to brave the 405 over the hill is Pita Kitchen's Chicken Shish Kebab Pita Wrap.

Know, I know what you're saying. "Drive all the way to the Valley for a fucking chicken wrap?" Or, "Dude, Pita Kitchen has a 4.5 Yelp score based on 400 reviews, tell me something I don't already know!" To both responses, I respond: SHUT UP. If you've never been, yes, it's worth it. If you've been there a hundred times, GO BACK. NOW.

Although it may be hard to believe -- due to U.E.'s major emphasis on pizza, burgers and sandwiches -- but Chicken Pitas are actually my favorite lunch. The only reason I don't post about them all the time is because I'm often disappointed by the local results. Sure, I adore Zankou and others, but nothing satisfies like Pita Kitchen. The kabob pita contains such a simple construction (chicken, sauce, maybe a veggie) yet very few excel at making it just right. Pita Kitchen, who bakes their own bread, makes it perfectly. Well seasoned kabob meat, fresh tahini sauce, fresh hummus, some lettuce and a little of their tomato and cucumber greek salad. That's it. Perfection.

You can get the smaller "pita" size for $6, but I recommend the larger $7 wrap size. No sides necessary, this wrap will easily stand in for an entire meal and then some.

NOTE: If you're heading from Santa Monica, please stop by Main Street and swoop me. Pita Kitchen is delicious, but gas is expensive these days...

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Pita Kitchen
14500 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks

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