Pita Town

Combo plate with beef and chicken shawarma, falafel, hummus, salad and pickles //photos Emilee Prado

The Ammar family originally started its endeavor, Pita Town, in California under the name Brothers Products. Omar, one of the brothers, moved with his wife, Sara, and their children to DFW in 2013, and brought the family business along.

Since relocating here, the Ammars have gained quite a following for their healthy hummus, dips and spreads sold at farmers markets in Dallas, McKinney and Coppell. The family experienced an unfortunate setback when the commercial kitchen it used closed at the start of last year, but this proved to have its own silver lining. The clan found a new location here that offered the opportunity to continue making products, as well as showcase a full menu. With that, Pita Town opened as a brick-and-mortar last September serving freshly made Mediterranean cuisine.

Sara (center) and Omar with daughter Aiya

The Ammars have been in the culinary business for 24 years, and the recipes are from Omar’s father, who Sara says was an amazing chef. He actually helped open their first restaurant back in California, and sadly has since passed away.

The family wants to emphasize healthy, freshly made meals instead of processed foods, and that takes work. “For each skewer we hand-pack our meat, which takes us three hours every day,” said Sara. “We start our day at 6 a.m., and we usually go home around 11 to 11:30 p.m. It’s tedious, but we love it.”

The menu at Pita Town is simple and straightforward with items falling into one of three categories: plates, pita sandwiches and appetizers. Each plate features a choice of protein with sides of hummus, salad, sauce and pita bread, with prices ranging from $9.99 to $12.99.

Pita sandwiches are essentially the plate offerings in a more compact form, and are perfect for on-the-go eating, with prices ranging from $4.99 to $6.99. Both the pita sandwiches and plates offer a protein choice of beef shawarma, chicken shawarma or falafel. The shawarma meats are slowly roasted on the rotating vertical rotisserie, then thinly sliced and stacked, making for a juicy and flavorful entree.

A variety of appetizers complementing the meal include tabouli, fatteh and french fries. While soda, tea and water are available, unique drinks such as Vimto sparkling soda and Aryan yogurt drinks are worth a try.

While operating the new restaurant, the Ammars continue to offer their classic farmers market items in both DFW and Southern California, the latter being where a few of the Ammar brothers are still operating. Customers’ hummus favorites include sun-dried tomato and basil, artichoke and cilantro. Specialty dips include basil garlic spread, kefir cheese and a three-layer dip consisting of basil pesto, sheep’s milk feta and sun-dried tomatoes. Other offerings at the restaurant include stuffed grape leaves, kalamata olives and pita bread.

Pita Town is located near the intersection of Spring Creek and Alma, across from High Point Park. Staff at the brightly colored, fast-casual restaurant happily welcome customers upon arrival, and are helpful with any questions.

With its dedication to serving the freshest items coupled with a growing flow of customers, the restaurant sells out nearly every night well before closing time. That should be enough to pique diners’ interests.

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