Springtime! Sunday afternoon contemplating firing up the grill and cracking open some yard beers when I got a text from Stan, “Pita on Court”. He’s not a man of many words and I respect that. Is he there? Has he tried this place without us? So I text back, sounds good to which he replies, “1730”. I guess I better put some shoes on, I think that’s military time for 5:30.
If you’re familiar with this property it was left vacant for years, overshadowed by fallen oak leafs on a run down building with a torn up parking lot. They better have something to offer because they have been working on this place for quite some time.
Walking up we hear laughter coming from over the wooden fence that secludes this place. The anticipation builds, what’s so funny? What are we missing? We’re about to find out when I notice a sign displaying their business hours. They close in 15 minutes!!! No expression from Stan. At which point we were greeted by I’m assuming is the Manager who says, “Come in! Come in!”. Wow um ok.
As we walk in we’re impressed with what they have done with this place. It has that industrial feel with the exposed ventilation system, wood and metal sheeting on the walls with polished concrete floors. And what are they cooking back there? The smell was mesmerizing. Turns out it was their cilantro-jalapeño hummus with grilled veggies or was it the shawarma fries or the lulu lavash or the Jerusalem falafel pita? Either way, it was a Mediterranean dream.
As we walk up to their watering hole I’m almost overwhelmed with their menu of over 30 craft beers on tap. Well 28 anyway, they may have been out of a couple. The bartenders were very versed on their beers and provided us a few samples to our liking. Chilled to the perfect temperature we were very impressed. We’ll be back to tackle the rest of that list.
We make our way to the outdoor area which is truly the highlight of this establishment. Perfectly lit by string lighting, a huge pergola with plenty of seating. Patio heaters for the cooler evenings were a nice touch. It gave me the feeling of being in wine county or somewhere coastal. Wait, this place is about to close and the outdoor area is still full of patrons? They must be doing something right.
That was our first experience at Pita Kabob the Gastropub in Downtown Visalia. Needless to say our group visits this establishment pretty regulary. They truly focus on the customer experience, paying attention to details and making you feel at home. This starts with the Owner and the staff they have in place. Mark, the Manager is on point being two step ahead of the customer. Dawn, behind the bar and Kevin the waiter are very personable and add to the experience. The perfect place to visit when taking the spouse out, hanging with friends or celebrating a special occasion.
No surprise they scored well.
Customer Service- 5 Stars
Food Quality- 4 Stars
Drink Selection- 4.5 Stars