412 Evans St, Williamsville, NY 14221 | (716) 634-7482
Hours: MON – FRI: 10:30 am – 8:00 pm, SAT: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, SUN: Closed
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The Pita Place is a casual Mediterranean eatery specializing in Lebanese cuisine that opened this past September in the Evanstown plaza in Williamsville. It’s a family owned place (the owner is originally from Lebanon) known for their Shawarma, a middle eastern sandwich wrap served with layered meat saved off a giant spit that cooks the block of meat by rotating on an axel
Western New Yorkers interested in trying Lebanese food should add this one to the list. They cover the basics of Lebenese/Middle Eastern cuisine, offering Shawarma, Kebab and Kafta sandwiches, plates and salads. In addition, if you’re interested in lunch or quick dinner/take out with tons of gluten free and vegan options, The Pita Place has made a considerable effort to create and identify a menu that falls within those diets and is worth a try.
We headed to the busy village of Williamsville for a weekday lunch after hearing good things about The Pita Place following their recent opening. We didn’t get much further than the parking lot before we discovered a mini gold mine of ethnic cuisine. It happens that this narrow Mediterranean spot sits between a few other notable foreign restaurants like Korea House and Thai Orchid for which we will return. Stay tuned.
The inside of The Pita Place is small but accommodating with something like five tables. We headed towards the back to the open kitchen to look at a menu and place our order. Here we met the owner Eli who asked if this was our first visit and went on to explain what they’re known for – Shawarma, and answer other questions we had. The menu is categorized into salads, rolled pita sandwiches and specialty plates. A nice selection of specialty salads, sides and add-ons are also available. After we ordered, we found a table and waited there for our food.
- Teo’s Tabouli (small) – parsley, tomato, bulgur, onion, mint, lemon and olive oil dressing, Small $4.95/Large $6.95.
Fresh and crisp with a little bit of citrus to it. Very nice.
- Lebneh – Tangy yogurt dip served with pita, $2.99.
I really enjoyed this homemade yogurt dip. More lemony, less tangy I would say with a subtle flavor. I could dip pita in this over humus all day long.
- Anthony’s Lebenese Rice- $5.99
The rice was combined with something that looked like vermicelli noodles. Whatever it was was tasty but pretty average. If I were to pick 2 sides I’d go with the ones mentioned above or try their humus.
- Beef Shawarma – Slices of lightly seasoned meats cut from the vertical broiler with tahini, pickles, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, parsley and green pepper, $6.95.
While the meat was a tad subdued, the overall sandwich was good. Nice combination of shredded meat, sauce and brine from the soft pickles. Seems like the sandwich is wrapped in the pita and then baked.
- Chicken Kebab – Grilled skewers of boneless marinated premium meats with garlic aioli, pickles, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, parsley and green pepper, $6.95.
This was our favorite sandwich of the two. Not sure what kind of marinade was on the chicken, but it packed some serious flavor.
What else looks good:
- Fattoush – Lettuce, cucumber, parsley, tomato, onion, toasted pita chips, mint, sumac olive oil lemon dressing, Small $4.95/Large $6.95.
- Leb-urger – Beef patty topped with french fries and cabbage slaw, $8.95.
- Falafel – Traditional-fried crispy patties made from ground chickpeas (5 patties), $9.95.
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