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Under10 Lunch Spotlight: Pita Kabob

on What's New @ HHSL

by Katherine Morley

For this month’s spotlight, I decided to broaden my horizons and go somewhere out of my normal lunch rotation. I chose Pita Kabob in Downtown Crossing, where I somehow have yet to eat, despite walking past it frequently for nearly a year. Conveniently located on the same block as the Chauncy Street exit of Downtown Crossing, it offers Persian food, as well as a handful of standard American deli options. It’s a great menu for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. PitaKabobexterior The interior is spartan, but the staff is welcoming. You order and pay at the cashier first, so you’re good to go on your way once your order is ready. For my first foray into their menu, I decided to try the falafel pita wrap ($5.85).  I’m no falafel connoisseur—in fact, I don’t actually like falafel all that much and always seem to forget that—but I really enjoyed it. It’s baked instead of fried, so wasn’t crispy like it often is, but still had a nice texture and flavor. The toppings were what made it excellent, though. The tahini and hot sauce were delicious and the lettuce and tomato, oft-neglected wrap elements, were impressively fresh. I definitely want to go back to try some of their other offerings. They have nine different options for pita fillings, most of which can also be ordered on a salad, or served as a platter with Basmati rice and hummus or salad (shirazi, garden, or yogurt). The price for a pita wrap depends on the filling, and ranges from $5.25 for hummus to $8.55 for salmon kabob. Most of their other items fall within that range as well. They also serve breakfast and all their breakfast sandwiches are under $3.00—it’d be a convenient stop for Red Line riders on their way to campus in the morning. I can’t offer much insight into their speed at busy times, as I was the only customer in line and enjoyed a leisurely conversation with the owner as he prepared my order, but their setup looks like one that could handle a high volume of customers with ease.  There’s some counter seating inside, but it’d also be an easy walk over to the Common, Post Office Square, or the Greenway, where I decided to take mine. Nota bene: Be sure to grab a bunch of napkins! Although the wrap was well-constructed, I couldn’t simultaneously eat and read without adorning my magazine with hot sauce and tahini. You may not want to eat it at your laptop. Pita Kabob. 2 Lafayette Ave, Boston, MA (entrance on Chauncy St) Monday-Friday 7:30am-5pm. Accepts cash and credit cards with a $15 minimum. What do you think of the baked falafel? Have you tried their breakfast? Do you have a suggestion for the next place we should try? Write to us! Previous entries: Al's South Street Cafe Chacarero

Scan Session

on Ozgur Altinok

by Ozgur Altinok

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Clair de Lune shining a light in Burkina Faso

on The Fletcher School - Admissions News and Updates

by Jessica Daniels

Remember last spring's Fletcher D-Prize winners, Andrew Lala and Tommy Galloway?  Well, they've successfully converted their concept to a product and they are on the ground in Koudougou, delivering solar lanterns […]

Brief Reflections of a Library Intern by June Thammasnong

on What's New @ HHSL

by Kathryn Houk

ThumbnailAs a newbie fresh out of library school, I jumped at the chance to intern at Tufts Hirsh Health Sciences Library.  It’s been quite the glimpse into a highly specialized environment, and I’m enjoying all that I’ve […]

When kleptocracy becomes insolvent: Brute causes of the civil war in South Sudan

on Reinventing Peace

by Alex de Waal

Alex de Waal has published a newly released article in African Affairs, "When kleptocracy becomes insolvent: Brute causes of the civil war in South Sudan." Below is the abstract, full text available through the […]