The Pita Pit
Hooray, another option for lunch downtown! Unfortunately it's another chain restaurant with a very annoying website. Before you click on the link to the Pita Pit USA website I should warn you to turn down your computer speakers or at least have your hand at the ready to turn them down. Here is the link. To turn it off, on the site look for a little green man in the bottom right corner of the web page. Click on the tiny green dot with the white square inside. At best, I was hoping that this place was going to be a small chain, but one look around inside you can tell that this place has an expensive corporate design. The walls are decked out with colorful artwork and soft modern rock music plays in the background. Located on State Street across from the Marion County Courthouse, The Pita Pit's slogan is "Fresh Thinking, Healthy Eating." For some reason when I think of eating pitas, I think of tuna fish salad and alfalfa sprouts, they have that and more. Pita's range in price from $4.25 for the Garden, which is a choice of vegetables, to $6.25 for a Philly Steak or a Chicken Caesar. I ordered the Roast Beef. One thing that I hate nowadays when you order a sandwich is you have to explain to them how you want them to make it. I just want a basic sandwich, meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, mayo, mustard. They should ask if I have specific instructions, of course, but if I don't, they should know how to make a basic sandwich. So after the ordering ordeal, they wrap the pita up to look like a large burrito. With all the ingredients stuffed inside and folded, my first bite was all lettuce. When I looked inside the pita I could see the other ingredients uneaten. I quickly learned if you want a bite with lettuce and roast beef, you have to sort of zig zag your chewing across the sandwich.(Does that make any sense?) I wasn't very impressed by my pita, especially since it cost almost $6. For two dollars more, I got the combo meal which comes with a ridiculously large 22oz bottomless soda and a bag of chips. There's no half pita or children's portions on their menu, not even a pbj pita. I do believe that competition from the Pita Pit will cause other downtown restaurants to offer healthier options for lunch and that might be good for everyone.