When the founders of The Pita Pit opened the doors to their first restaurant, they had high hopes of offering a lighter, healthier alternative to fast food. They traded in heavy sandwich bread and hamburger buns for lebanese pita and swapped out greasy burgers for fresh-grilled meats and crispy falafel. Flash-forward several years, and The Pita Pit has evolved into many, many locations across the continent, each of which offers that same fresh, healthful fare.
Patrons can completely customize their handhelds, starting with the pita itself—the light and fluffy dough comes in both white and wheat varieties. Next come the fillings such as chicken souvlaki, a simple schmear of hummus, or even ham and eggs, served all day long. After crowning the creation with fresh vegetables, premium cheeses, and homemade sauces, the pita stuffers transform the flatbread into a tight, mess-free roll. Though guests can customize sandwiches to meet their dietary needs, The Pita Pit offers a concise list of "resolution solution pitas". Made up of six pre-designed creations, the list denotes the healthful pitas' caloric value right on the menu.
In 1977, Sam and Zlata Savich opened their first storefront, where they showcased pastries from their native Yugoslavia alongside international delicacies picked up throughout their baking careers. These days, Sam and Zlata's pastry legacy continues to rise with an expanded menu that now features full breakfast and lunch alongside poppyseed danishes, Eastern European cookies known as kalochis, individual cheesecakes, and fudge brownies. They also make fresh bread by hand every day—without any preservatives—before transforming slices of their rustic sourdough or banana bread into pillowy servings of French Toast for breakfast or a mid-marathon snack.
At The Grind Coffee House & Roaster, the coffee drinks come hot or cold, basic or advanced. So, in addition to a regular cup of joe, guests can treat themselves to hazelnut coffee or white mochas with whipped cream. The elegantly appointed cafe boasts cozy booths canopied by exposed brick arches, and pervasive earth tones and wood accents hint at the coffee being brewed backstage. But the shop offers food, too. Breakfast fare and sandwiches for lunch bring in patrons beyond the aggressive americano crowd.
Pineapple-spice muffins, asian noodle soup, and Boar's Head roast-beef sandwiches with swiss cheese, pear, and balsamic vinegar. These are just a few of the recent offerings at The Coffee Cup, where a chef whips up new treats each day. The café's baristas pour freshly brewed coffee, cappuccinos, and specialty café drinks such as salted-caramel lattes, and music fills the air on open-mic nights.