Pita Grill Restaurant

9/21/2009 Update:

I haven’t eaten at Pita Grill (324 Washington St.) since reviewing the place three years ago…

Updated Menu – plus any updates?

Recently – these new menus were stuffed all over town, in mailboxes, stoops, etc. I noticed the “Stimulus” on the front of the menu – and it made me take a look inside.

What do you think:

  • Of their so-called “Stimulus?”
  • Their food (If you’ve eaten there in the past couple months)?

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7/29/2006 Review:

Many folks seem to have some issues with this place. We went to find out what the deal was.

SEE MINI LUNCH REVIEW BELOW

Description – Restaurant – Healthy low fat food. See menu on website. Entrée price range $6-$11.
Services – Soups, Burgers, Salads, Entrée, Sandwiches, Falafel, Hummus, Babaganoush,. Free Delivery ($7 in Hoboken)
Website – www.pitagrill07030.geomerx.com
Address – 324 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone – 201-217-9777, Fax – 201-217-9778


(Photo taken September 2010)

July 2006

After seeing the complaints from readers about service, value and food quality, I was very curious to check it out for myself. I’ve also heard some good things from people as well.

I dragged a friend who insisted on never going there again to have lunch with me. We sat inside because it was very hot and humid out.

Upon arrival the place was relatively empty, with the two girls working there chatting with an HPU worker. Our waitress was more concerned with senseless gabber than she was with getting our menus.

She strolls over and takes our drink order. A few minutes later we get our drinks and are ready to place a simple order. I ordered the roasted chicken BLT and my friend gets the grilled vegetables and goat cheese sandwich. We order a side of sweet potato fries too. Not complicated right? A few minutes later the waitress comes back to ask me again what I ordered. Was it the tuscan chicken? NO. Was it the grilled chicken and mozzarella? NO. IT WAS THE ROASTED CHICKEN BLT!! What is wrong with you? If the girl cannot seem to remember three items in a place where she works every day, WHY NOT BRING A NOTE PAD WITH YOU? Imagine if it were a table of 4 or more? No excuse for such a dumb mistake.

Anyway, the food arrives 15 minutes after we place the order.

The roasted chicken BLT was basically two slices of seven grain bread, very little amount of pulled chicken breast, a slice of lettuce, two slices of tomatoes, and two extremely skimpy slices of bacon. $8.00 for that? No sides either. I have to agree with the other posters that the place is NOT a good value. But the sandwich DID taste very good, although small. And no food poisoning either.
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My friend had no complaints about the roasted vegetable sandwich either. To her surprise, when she ordered it without the olive spread, they actually didn’t put the olive spread on! Lo Behold!
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The sweet potato fries were delicious, and a fair value at $4.50 for a plate two people could share. No issues with these.pita grill sweet fries.JPG

While the food was OK and other items on the menu look tempting, it’s going to be hard to “want” to go back there anytime soon. Plus the hired help there was kind of weak. Some people are just not meant to be waiters or waitresses. Ours just lacked personality and was very insincere with her mannerisms. When you work in a service industry it’s a win-win situation NOT to have an obviously snotty attitude when dealing with others. Your customers will feel better, and you’ll most likely get better tips. But then again, this was just one waitress, and I cannot speak about the rest of the employees there. You never know.

We’ll try the delivery one time too, to see if they screw an order up as others have indicated.

Original Photo from 2006

44 Responses

  1. chad says:

    They recently jacked their prices on just about EVERYTHING, and the past couple times I’ve called for delivery, I’ve immediately been told it’ll be more than an hour. This was never the case in the past. Poor service, higher prices: Eat or order somewhere else.

  2. lily731 says:

    the food has definitely changed and the prices have gone up. boo.

  3. Hudson St. says:

    i’ve actually tried to force myself to like this place because i believed it to be a great healthy alternative but between the prices and awful service i think its about time to drop this place from my routine. the girls at front just dont seem to care about you and much more interested in keeping to their own conversation.

  4. Mont says:

    I’ve let Pita Grill slide a few times, but today was the last straw for me.
    I paid $14 for a chicken stir fry and I got a wilted tossed salad over rice with 2 pathetic pieces of teriyaki chicken on top.

    I demanded my money back on the spot. There are far better and CHEAPER places to eat than this crappy franchise. 👿

  5. Kingfox says:

    My roommate and I used to get delivery from there on a regular basis. At first they kept on making mistakes with my part of the order (missing salad dressing, wrong item, whatever), but lately the food’s gone downhill as well… as the prices have gotten jacked up. He keeps on asking for it, but I always insist we order from elsewhere lately.

  6. MF says:

    is this hippie food? tofu, hummus, all that vegan crap?

    • escaped68 says:

      I recently went to a party where only vegan food was served–what shit– after we left we stopped at a diner on the hgy to eat. We didn’t get our food when 2 more cars full of party guests showed up. Everyone had a lot of laughs about the whole affair.

      In response to MF who said:

      is this hippie food? tofu, hummus, all that vegan crap?

  7. Evelyn says:

    What kind of stimulus is that? 25 cents off just a couple items? Stop the presses, I’m rich now!

  8. tmaloof says:

    They have decent food there, but overall the place is a jip. The prices are, and let’s be honest here, OUTRAGEOUS! That stimulus menu is a joke and they need to trim at least 2-3 dollars off of every item on that menu. Lunch in that place should not be $20, tip included. It should be more of 12-14 dollars, max.

    • Litteredboken says:

      That is meant to be “gyp”, not “jip” and is short for gypsy. It is a racial slur.

      In response to tmaloof who said:

      They have decent food there, but overall the place is a jip. The prices are, and let’s be honest here, OUTRAGEOUS! That stimulus menu is a joke and they need to trim at least 2-3 dollars off of every item on that menu. Lunch in that place should not be $20, tip included. It should be more of 12-14 dollars, max.

      • HansBrix says:

        How exactly is it a “racial slur”?

        In response to Litteredboken who said:

        That is meant to be “gyp”, not “jip” and is short for gypsy. It is a racial slur.

  9. strand tramp says:

    egg salad on whole wheat in foil in a paper bag…about $1.00 including the energy to boil the egg. tuna? cold cuts? lunch is the single easiest meal to save money on.

    • lokelyokel says:

      What percentage of the dollar is energy?

      In response to strand tramp who said:

      egg salad on whole wheat in foil in a paper bag…about $1.00 including the energy to boil the egg. tuna? cold cuts? lunch is the single easiest meal to save money on.

  10. strand tramp says:

    wouldn’t that depend on YOUR source of energy? are you usinig electric or gas? and do you turn off the heat after the water comes to a boil? you can save more by stopping in to a local deli and loading up on the free napkins and salt/pepper packs. personally i add red pepper to egg salad which meanns you have to stop by a pizza joint and sprinkle into a napkin. i buy it for my home spice rack, but for you penny pinchers there are lots of ways to save. like making coffee at HOME. i wouldn’t give 10% of the stores in this townn my money. they have terrible food, their establishmments are not clean, and the employees are totally f’d up. but…there are a few places where i go regularly because they have earned my business.

    • Easy-E says:

      Princess.

      In response to strand tramp who said:

      wouldn’t that depend on YOUR source of energy? are you usinig electric or gas? and do you turn off the heat after the water comes to a boil? you can save more by stopping in to a local deli and loading up on the free napkins and salt/pepper packs. personally i add red pepper to egg salad which meanns you have to stop by a pizza joint and sprinkle into a napkin. i buy it for my home spice rack, but for you penny pinchers there are lots of ways to save. like making coffee at HOME. i wouldn’t give 10% of the stores in this townn my money. they have terrible food, their establishmments are not clean, and the employees are totally f’d up. but…there are a few places where i go regularly because they have earned my business.

  11. dav74id says:

    The Cali Hummus is pretty freakin good, but not worth your time or money, considereing the people who work there would rather you just not bother them by ordering.

    Wait time is extreme.

    Try the place next to the Path, pretty good.

  12. oceanbloo says:

    Strand – didn’t you just make fun of Easy E a couple of days ago for his $2 lentil soup? And here you are telling people that you go to pizza joints to pilfer some red pepper flakes?

    Anyway, I do agree with you that there are few establishments in town that have earned repeat business. Restaurants/food services in town need to ramp up their customer service, especially if the food is mediocre. Actually, I will say the same for hair salons and other businesses as well. Business owners should ban employee cell phones/texting. A lot of employees are too busy talking/texting about nothing with who knows who instead of paying attention to customers.

  13. Litteredboken says:

    When you say that cheating someone is like they are being a gypsy, or “gypping” you, that is being derogatory toward a person of the “gypsy” race. It’s like saying someone “jewed” (Jew) you. It’s not that common of a term, but it’s good to be aware.

  14. HansBrix says:

    I get the gyp/gypsy connection (which I think was explained on a Monkees episode way back when).

    I think we’re being a tad over-sensitive in racializing every facet of life and scolding anyone who wanders into thought crime territory – even accidentally.

    Just a little over the top IMO.

    • Litteredboken says:

      Really? By your reasoning, are all racial slurs are ok, or just ones aimed at a minority population? I see where you are coming from when you advocate flexibility in society, but what is wrong with letting someone know they are using a racial slur? I presume that comment wasn’t made to be insulting to gypsys, but why is it “overly” sensitive to advocate on someone else’s behalf?

      In response to HansBrix who said:

      I get the gyp/gypsy connection (which I think was explained on a Monkees episode way back when).

      I think we’re being a tad over-sensitive in racializing every facet of life and scolding anyone who wanders into thought crime territory – even accidentally.

      Just a little over the top IMO.

      • lokelyokel says:

        Have a beer and cool out will ya?

        In response to Litteredboken who said:

        Really? By your reasoning, are all racial slurs are ok, or just ones aimed at a minority population? I see where you are coming from when you advocate flexibility in society, but what is wrong with letting someone know they are using a racial slur? I presume that comment wasn’t made to be insulting to gypsys, but why is it “overly” sensitive to advocate on someone else’s behalf?

  15. intimeplease says:

    I so wish this place was good – but the delivery is the absolute WORST – they take forever, and the poor delivery guy NEVER has change (convenient?). The food isn’t good enough to put up with the crappy way they treat customers.

  16. srodrigu says:

    love the new look pita grill !

  17. artscienceweb says:

    Pita Grill is a little expensive in the city and the prices are slightly cheaper here, but it’s a good healthy choice.

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