Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pita House Review

Pita House Restaurant [website not working Apr 18, 5:00pm]
Mediterranean/Middle Eastern
2996 E. Broad St. (Bexley)
Hours: Mon-Thurs (11am-10pm), Fri-Sat (11am-11pm), Sun: CLOSED
(614) 236-0000

Dine/avoid: DINE

Chelsey and I have dined at Pita House several times, but these are my notes from our first visit. This is one of my favorite Mediterranean restaurants in Columbus. Pita House is owned by the former owner of Pita Hut (next to Bob's Bar), so many of the menu items are similar. However, Pita House offers a higher quality of food, without a doubt.

It's located in a strip mall right on Broad St. The interior has a nice ambiance, and as soon as you enter the restaurant the aromas of spices and cooking meat overtake you. A sign on a window advertises "Finest baklava the world has ever known." We'll just see about that.

But first, the appetizers. Chelsey and I both ordered shawarma plates. By the way, here's a link to their menu. Each plate comes with three sides, but it's effectively two (how can you pass on hummus?). I ordered the Jerusalem salad and tabbouleh, while Chelsey ordered the cauliflower salad and eggplant salad. Like I said - the menu doesn't offer anything you haven't seen before.

The hummus has a nest of chick peas and olive oil in the middle, with a dash of paprika over top. This is really good hummus. Nominate this for best in the city, because if it's not #1, it's #2 or 3.

This tabbouleh is great! It has a crisp, fresh flavor. It's very herbaceous and citrusy, with parsley and mint with cucumber and tomatoes. Everything about this salad is good, and the individual elements are combined with the proper proportions to ensure that the whole is better than each. I finished all of it before moving on to the next side.

This Jerusalem salad is by far the best I've had. Most are relatively bland, and the veggies just don't pop. Not so, here. It glistens from the olive oil and vinegar that coat it. Overall, this salad has a good, distinct flavor.

Now - the shawarma! It's very good. Moist, tender, and well seasoned. It doesn't blow me out of the water, but most shawarma is quite similar. Nothing new here, but that doesn't mean it's bad - trust me. If you like meat, you'll love this.

If this tells you anything, Chelsey and I are too full to try the much-lauded baklava (or delicious-looking namura) every time we go. Well, maybe next time...

Overall, I really enjoy Pita House. It's a bit of a drive for Chelsey and I, but it's proved worthy on several occasions. The quiet and homey atmosphere make you feel like you're in someone else's house while they cook for you. Pita House doesn't offer anything unique on their menu, but they do prepare those items better than anyone else in Columbus. I'd rate them as good or very good, but not excellent/must-go.

4 stars out of 5

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