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twodales

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Like Middle Eastern? Try this: Shawarma & more Mon, 03/15/04 5:58 PM (permalink)
In Niles Illinois (Northwest suburb of Chicago) there is a small, unfancy place called Pita Town. Their Shawarma is home made from Beef & Lamb and it is pita perfection. I had one earlier today and it truly was heavenly. I crave these sandwiches! Their falafel is also tasty. If you're really hungry they do meals also and good baklava. Margaret & Jozeph are very nice people which makes it a pleasureable experience. Each table has flowers and often Middle Eastern (Syrian?) music plays in the background. I don't know what I'll do if they ever close the place!

I don't know the exact address but it is on Milwaukee Avenue at Ballard. Ballard is between the main east-west streets of Dempster and Golf.
 
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    RubyRose

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    RE: Like Middle Eastern? Try this: Shawarma & more Mon, 03/15/04 7:03 PM (permalink)
    Welcome to Roadfood, twodales. I live in Pennsylvania am not in the vicinity to try Pita Tower but if I ever pass through Chicago, I'll plan to stop there. Middle Eastern cuisine is my favorite - more than Italian or Mexican or any other. We are fortunate to have some very good M.E. restaurants in our area, mostly Lebanese but a couple of Syrian and Turkish too.

    I have been learning how to cook Lebanese foods from a woman I met at out local Farmers' Market and made stuffed kibbee and Turkish salad yesterday. In exchange, I am teaching her how to make diner foods.
     
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      meowzart

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      • Location: Laurel, MD
      RE: Like Middle Eastern? Try this: Shawarma & more Tue, 03/16/04 10:49 AM (permalink)
      If you are ever in Bethesda, MD, there is a place called Tel Aviv Cafe that has AWESOME shawarma. I hadn't had a craving for it for a while, but now twodales has me started!!!
       
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        Rhodes

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        • Location: Dickerson, MD
        RE: Like Middle Eastern? Try this: Shawarma & more Tue, 03/16/04 12:13 PM (permalink)
        Max's Kosher Cafe (2319 University) in Wheaton MD has fantastic shawarma and falafels. I'm moving close to there at the beginning of April and I'm psyched!
         
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          DaveM

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          • Location: North Chelmsford, MA
          RE: Like Middle Eastern? Try this: Shawarma & more Tue, 03/16/04 12:31 PM (permalink)
          Montreal has terrific Lebanese as well.
          Heather and I frequent a small restaurant (I also can't remember the name) on St. Denis opposite the St. Denis theater for shish took (I know this is spelled wrong) and other pita delights.
          Very tasty and very inexpensive-really good late night grub.
          Mr Falafel, on St Laurent is open 24 hours, and is also quite good.
          DaveM
           
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            Cosmos

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            • Location: Syracuse, NY
            RE: Like Middle Eastern? Try this: Shawarma & more Tue, 03/16/04 5:14 PM (permalink)
            We've enjoyed the lebanese cooking at the Pita Gourmet in Cortland, NY. Great stuff!!
             
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              marberthenad

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              RE: Like Middle Eastern? Try this: Shawarma & more Tue, 03/16/04 7:47 PM (permalink)
              There is great schwarma at the new Middle Eastern grocery in Vienna, VA.
               
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                Tastytoo

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                RE: Like Middle Eastern? Try this: Shawarma & more Mon, 03/6/06 6:54 PM (permalink)
                quote:
                Originally posted by twodales

                In Niles Illinois (Northwest suburb of Chicago) there is a small, unfancy place called Pita Town.


                Just went by there in the past two weeks and they are closed. The new place is Burrito Town or something like that according to the sign in the window. I don't think the new place was yet open.
                 
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                  jeepguy

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                  RE: Like Middle Eastern? Try this: Shawarma & more Mon, 03/6/06 7:04 PM (permalink)
                  quote:
                  Originally posted by Tastytoo

                  quote:
                  Originally posted by twodales

                  In Niles Illinois (Northwest suburb of Chicago) there is a small, unfancy place called Pita Town.


                  Just went by there in the past two weeks and they are closed. The new place is Burrito Town or something like that according to the sign in the window. I don't think the new place was yet open.
                  Sure it wasn't a new Walgreen's or bank?Pita Inn has a couple area locations.They do the exact same menu.
                   
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                    BuddyRoadhouse

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                    RE: Like Middle Eastern? Try this: Shawarma & more Mon, 03/6/06 9:05 PM (permalink)
                    Haven't driven past that intersection recently, so I don't know if Pita Town is still around or not. It was at Milwaukee and Ballard the last time I did drive past.

                    On the other hand I wouldn't be surprised if they were closed; Pita Inn's newest location is straight up Milwaukee Avenue less than a mile away. When it comes to good quality Middle Eastern fast food, Pita Inn is the 800 pound gorilla of the north suburbs. It's altogether possible that Pita Inn drove Pita Town out of town.

                    Now, in an effort to stay on topic in this thread, Pita Inn has recently started serving a Chicken Shawarma sandwich that is fantastic!

                    Buddy
                     
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                      Tastytoo

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                      RE: Like Middle Eastern? Try this: Shawarma & more Mon, 03/6/06 9:20 PM (permalink)
                      quote:
                      Originally posted by jeepguy

                      quote:
                      Originally posted by Tastytoo

                      quote:
                      Originally posted by twodales

                      In Niles Illinois (Northwest suburb of Chicago) there is a small, unfancy place called Pita Town.


                      Just went by there in the past two weeks and they are closed. The new place is Burrito Town or something like that according to the sign in the window. I don't think the new place was yet open.
                      Sure it wasn't a new Walgreen's or bank?Pita Inn has a couple area locations.They do the exact same menu.
                      Pita Town definately closed. As far as I know Pita Inn is still open.
                       
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                        Luvstoeat

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                        • Location: Morton Grove, IL
                        RE: Like Middle Eastern? Try this: Shawarma & more Mon, 03/6/06 10:46 PM (permalink)
                        Pita Town is definitely OOB, as is Jaafar Sweets in the same strip mall. Pita Inn is just a few minutes north on Milwaukee Avenue and has really excellent food at great prices. Was there two nights ago and did some serious damage to beef shawarma and a fatoush salad!
                         
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                          jkml

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                          • Location: Yardley, PA
                          RE: Like Middle Eastern? Try this: Shawarma & more Fri, 03/17/06 11:41 AM (permalink)
                          Rubyrose, just moved to Langhorne, Lower Makefield area and if you have any suggestions for restaurants within this area would be great. We also travel a lot within an hour and a half or so with kids sports. We were from NW suburbs of Chicago, and spent a lot of time at the Niles ice rink! There used to be a decent Pita place on, maybe Barrington Rd. or Roselle, South of Golf in the Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates area.
                           
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