524 State Street (corner of State and High)
The first time I went to Pita Pit, right after it opened, the thing that stuck in my mind was how oppressively hot the upstairs dining loft was. It seemed like it was 90 degrees up there. All the heat from the high-ceilinged restaurant flowed up there. I ate my pita quickly and left, not being able to tolerate more than five minutes of it. When I returned last week, it was the opposite problem: It was freezing! I again ate upstairs in the loft, and by the time I was done, my fingers were bitterly cold. They’ve obviously got a problem with the heating system, which is too bad, because it is more memorable than the food.
The food is pretty good, fast, reasonably priced, and a decent variety. I like the chicken pitas with tzatziki sauce and feta cheese. They also have breakfast pitas and smoothies. The sandwiches are large and nicely self contained in the pita for easy carrying and eating. They’re not the best sandwiches on the planet, but they’re a good addition to the downtown lunch options and they seem to get a good crowd during the lunch hour.