THE EATBEAT: Pita PitDecisions, decisions, decisions. That’s how it is when you go to a Pita Pit. Once you get the hang of it, you can quickly create crisp, delightful food combinations wrapped in pita bread pockets. And you can cruise quickly through the production line.
By: Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks Herald
Decisions, decisions, decisions.
That’s how it is when you go to a Pita Pit. Once you get the hang of it, you can quickly create crisp, delightful food combinations wrapped in pita bread pockets. And you can cruise quickly through the production line.
I noticed most of the people who frequent the Pita Pit on South Washington Street know the drill. They are comfortable with paying at the counter and making their way down the lineup of ingredients for pita pockets. The most popular choice is the BLT — bacon, lettuce and tomato.
Then, they have conversations at one of the seven little tables in the small restaurant or they sit at one of eight tall stools along a counter where they watch cars drive by on South Washington Street.
The place is decorated in greens and red, and the music is lively. Loud. But not too loud.
The second Pita Pit in Grand Forks is located near the UND campus at 2680 10th Avenue, N. Both locations open at 10:30 a.m., with closing time 8 p.m. on the north side and 11 p.m. on South Washington Street.
On three recent occasions, my Eatbeat companions chose the Pita Pit on South Washington. My granddaughter Carrie Sandstrom (CS) likes the Pita Pit best. When we talked about doing lunch, Stacey Dimmler (SD), who is director of the Young Professionals, chose Pita Pit. Then, when I suggested lunch with Sandy and Earl Mason (SM) and (EM), they chose Pita Pit.
They all have their reasons. For CS, she likes the quick service and choices. For SM it is the healthful, low-fat approach. She is a frequent customer. And EM and SM choose Pita Pit as a place where you can work in dietary restrictions and still come out with a tasty pita.
Veggie pitas — such as falafel, hummus, feta, cheddar, provolone and garden — range from 200 to 420 calories. Other sandwiches such as chicken Caeser, club or gyros, run more than 600 or 700 calories, even in pita wraps.
Pita Pit originated in Canada. The local shops were opened here by Patrick Streyle of Leeds, N.D. He is a UND business graduate, who continues to own shops with Eric Kerr as manager.
1113 S. Washington St. and 2860 10th Ave. N., Grand Forks
Telephone: (701) 738-8008.
Owner: Patrick Streyle, Leeds, N.D.
Manager: Eric Kerr.
Report card: Either you like pitas or you don’t, and Pita Pit offers what they call a healthful alternative to fast food. Prices are mid-range. Service usually is very good, and it’s quick.
Reach Hagerty at email@example.com or (701) 772-1055.