I am no stranger to Pita Pit. I have spent many a late night munching on a falafel wrap from the San Jose Pita Pit after a long night of dancing. Upon moving to LA, in order to explore the various parts of my new home, I visited Hermosa Beach and ended up stopping in at the location there. On many a road trip to or from Oakhurst, we have made it a point to stop in at the Fresno Pita Pit. This location is a godsend, as it is rare that we can find something that will satisfy the entire family.
Most recently, on a voyage home from visiting both of our families in one weekend (my family in Atwater and then a quick stop in Oakhurst to visit Chris's family), we were all a little famished. We had eaten nothing but the cereal I had packed for us to have for breakfast and quick sandwiches made of tofurkey and hummus, so we were ready for a good solid meal. There was no question that we were going to Pita Pit.
We ordered the usual- two Awesome Falafel wraps (from the specials board) for Chris and I, a very plain, bare-bones falafel wrap for Sophia and an order of pita and hummus for Maxwell. To make the Awesome Falafel vegan, all that needs to be removed is the tzatziki and the feta, but the wrap comes with hummus, all the fixings, and a wonderful secret hot sauce (guaranteed to us that it is vegan). The gentleman behind the counter was nice enough, after hearing we were vegan, to ask if we wanted our falafel microwaved, rather than cooked on the same grill where meat is cooked. They offer nutritional information on all of their menu items as well, which can make your choice even easier.
Our Awesome Falafel wraps, as always, were so delicious, so satisfying and indeed, so very Awesome. The falafel still had a crisp exterior, despite being microwaved, all of the veggies were vey fresh, and the hummus had strong paprika undertones, which totally rocked my world because I can never get enough paprika in my life.
Sophia's falafel wrap, though she absolutely loved it, is unpictured because it looked pretty similar to our wraps, but with less fillings and no hot sauce. Max's hummus and pita was super basic, just how he likes it. He sat back and very slowly nibbled on his pita, while we all devoured our wraps.
A little over 30 minutes after arriving at Pita Pit, we were getting back in the car to continue on our trek home (which explains why there are so few pictures). Quick, inexpensive, healthy, tasty, and satisfying- everything I desire in a roadside meal and Pita Pit does it all.
Please check out Pita Pit's U.S Location Finder or Canadian Location Finder as it is very likely there is one near you. You can find all of their nutritional information online as well.
Unless otherwise stated, photography by Chris Miller
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I am no stranger to pita pit either. Ate there FAR too often in university. It's been a while though, you have me craving their falafel wraps now!
Aren't they great?! It's always wonderful to find fresh, healthy vegan fast food options. 🙂
We have a couple of Pita Pit locations where I live, but I've never been to one of them. The "pit" aspect of their name made me think that the food would be less than top notch. (Hmm, maybe I should reconsider the name of my pottery studio on Etsy, Olive Pit...) That's nice that they'd microwave the falafel for you. It's always good to have another option in one's back pocket!
The "pit" was always questionable to me as well. Pita Place wouldn't have worked? Not as catchy, I guess. They are a great option for when you have non-vegan company or if you're in a pinch. I'm a fan. 🙂
Thank you for this article! I had no idea about this franchise. I scoped out a location nearby, which ironically was less than 10 minutes from my house! lol I'll check it out.
Oh yay! They are just everywhere, aren't they? I hope you enjoy them, Sandy! 🙂
those wraps look delicious! i checked and the closest pita pit to me is 35 miles away. if i was a gluten-eating lady, i'd be over there in a heart beat!
Oh well. I have a pretty strong feeling that you could create something even better in your own kitchen. If given the choice to drive 35 miles to Pita Pit or 35 miles to your house to try one of your creations, I would choose your food, hands-down. 🙂
There was one right by our House that closed down 🙁 we stayed in Fresno over night a few weeks ago..to do the 3 hour night canoe on the river.(which I totally recommendation) anyway we didn't eat there now we can
Thanks for the tip! Sounds fun! Pita Pit is definitely a good place to have as an option when you need it. 🙂
It was the most peaceful thing ever san Joaquin river ...beaver bats birds awesome guide ...then onto too much san fran food I gotta go back to working out...seriously
LOVE pita pit. havent been in awhile. its our shared love when we go to chico. they have a co-op there, too, but often that's too granola for kyles friends, so pita pit is a nice neutral territory. ive only ever been to that one and the santa barbara one, ill have to keep my eye out for the rest of their locations.
Aren't they great?! They have something for everyone! I'd forgotten about the Santa Barbara location- that's a good one to keep in mind. 🙂
I am telling you I may never leave Cali, after our trip in March I may have to stay there forever - just by the restaurant reviews you give! Serioulsy you have such fun vegan local eats!
Wait- so you're coming here in March?! How awesome! We totally need to hang out! 🙂
I used to eat at Pita Pit all the time in college, but after graduating and moving away, sadly there is not one near me anymore. You definitely made me crave some falafel though!
I love me a good falafel too! I'm sorry there's not one closer to you to satisfy your cravings. :-/