Finally, a Mediterranean take-out place in my neighborhood! I am an enthusiastic lover of all things chick pea and Pita Pocket was so authentic, supposedly you can smell the Mediterranean Sea when you walk through the door.
But when Matt went to order food, he said the head chef (aka the man behind the counter) was as welcoming as a father and made him try anything he wasn’t sure about. And, in accordance with Orthodox Judaic custom, the shop is closed from sundown on Fridays until Sunday mornings.
The shop is located in a pretty run down strip on the border of Philadelphia, Cheltenham, and Abington, but the food was not run down.
This came with hummus, one pita, and “Salad.” Salad = a wide variety of sides from a salad bar. I got roasted beets and some other little mix of pickled veggies. The falafel was cooked perfectly–a bit dark and crisp on the outside but moist on the inside. The hummus was amazing. Just the right amount of olive oil–GOOD olive oil–ran through it. The salads tasted light and fresh.
After our night with Anthony Bourdain, Matt was excited to try the Foule’ ($5.95), which Tony had recommended. Here it is:
Basically more beans and veggies on a pita, Matt reported that this was earthy, rich, and filling.
I live for baklava. I was a bit disappointed with this one ($2.50), and Matt said he thought it wasn’t one of the freshly-made items. There weren’t enough layers or honey for me. I usually expect my fingers to be dripping with honey when I am finished eating baklava but this was a bit dry.
Matt chose a hibiscus sangria (non-alcoholic, $1.75) drink for us to share. He loved it but I really just tasted sugar and not much other flavoring in this.
The menu isn’t extensive at Pita Pocket, but when you taste the food, you’ll know that it is made with love and care and you’ll want to go back.