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The Pita House

I had to swing by one of my favorite restaurants/grocers tonight to pick up some items, so I thought I’d write up a little review. The Pita House is located at the intersection of Pleasantburg and Faris Drives in Greenville, SC (495 S. Pleasantburg Drive, 864.271.9895). It’s a Middle Eastern Food & Grocery that serves “Fresh Homemade Pita Bread Made Daily” and prides itself in being “A House of Nutritional Healthy Food.”

The menu items range from a side of fresh pita bread for 50 cents to lamb kebabs for $11.50. Most of their menu items are $6.25 or less. And they have a vast selection of homemade pastries available! All their plates are served with Tahini Salad, slices of tomato, pickles, olives and fresh pita bread. All dinner specials are served from 5-9PM and include rice pilaf, a dinner salad, and fresh pita bread. There are plenty of vegetarian items available too. One of my favorites is the Falafel (think hummus + flour + fried); you get 4 fried balls of deliciousness for only $1.79. That’s what I had for dinner tonight! Mmm!

If you’re not into a cultural experience, you can get a pita sandwich with more American taste filled with either roast beef, chicken salad, ham and cheese, or turkey (each served with tomato, lettuce, pickle spear and bag of chips).

The right half of the building is their grocery store. They have a large number of housemade products, including a variety of pita breads, hummus, feta and other cheeses, kefir, etc. They also sell a large number of 100% natural products: tahini (which is 1/2 the price of tahini at Publix), fresh apricot and fig jams, grape leaves, olives, and so on. Everything is very reasonably priced. They have a small freezer section and refrigerator section, several aisles of non-perishable items (canned goods, dried fruit, spices, candies, etc.), and a small housewares section (teapots, kitchen gadgets, trinkets, etc.). I enjoy browsing the store while I wait on my food order.

Dine in or carry out is available. Just remember your cash! Cash and checks only, folks. No debit or credit cards accepted. The Grocery & Deli is open from 8AM to 9PM Monday through Saturday. The Restaurant is open from 11AM to 9PM Monday through Saturday. Check it out!

Hummus Variations (Mar. 4, 2010)

I had this amazing Spinach Artichoke Hummus from Earthfare for lunch today, along with my roasted veggies from yesterday. I was thinking, “Surely, I can make this myself.” So I started looking for recipes and came across this great list at TheVeggieTable.com (see below). I can’t wait to try some of these out! Guess I need to stock up on chickpeas, black beans, and squash.

“As good as ‘regular’ hummus is (made with chick peas, garlic, lemon juice, and tahini), other additions can make it even better. Here are some ideas on spicing up your favorite hummus recipe. Here are over a dozen easy hummus variations – for most of them, you just need to add the additional ingredient(s), purée, and serve.” ~TheVeggieTable.com

Hummus Variations from The Veggie Table in alphabetical order
Artichoke Hummus: Add 1 c steamed artichoke hearts
Bean Hummus: Instead of chick peas, try using another kind of beans, like black beans or fava beans
Beet Hummus: Add 1 pound cooked beets
Curried Hummus: Add 1 T curry powder
Garlic Hummus: Double or even triple the amount of garlic
Green Onion Hummus: Add 3-4 green onions
Mexican Hummus: Add ¾ c fresh cilantro, 2 jalapeños (seeded), and replace lemon juice with lime juice
Olive Hummus: Add ½ c black or green olives
Pesto Hummus: Add 1 c packed fresh basil leaves
Red Pepper Hummus: Add two peeled, roasted red peppers
Roasted Garlic Hummus: Sauté the minced garlic in a bit of oil before adding to hummus
Spinach Hummus: Add ½ c fresh spinach
Spinach & Feta Hummus: Add ½ c fresh spinach, and 2-3 ounces feta cheese
Squash Hummus: Steam or roast 2 c squash, then purée and use in place of chickpeas (adapted from Local Bounty cookbook)
Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus: Add 2-3 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes

Mar. 7, 2010: From the Inside Out said…”LOL…I totally bought my food processor to make hummus!! We were thinking a like lately! :D”

Mar. 23, 2010, michelle said…”Gotta try adding flour and frying. They’re called falafals, and they’re Israel’s national snack food!! To get an idea of texture, I recommend Acropolis on Wade Hampton.” My response: “I recommend the falafels at The Pita House on Pleasantburg. Mmm!”