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Pita Land--Outstanding shawerma on the southside

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zoona Apr 11, 2010 04:19 AM

Last night, we went to this new place for shawerma on the south side, Pita Land.
7831 W 95th St. Hickory Hills, IL 60457

It's been getting quite some buzz in the Arab community, and I see why.

Really, simply the best in the city at this point, and definately on the south side.

The lamb shawerma in particular was outstanding, juicy, perfectly spiced, and using soft kmaaj bread, lightly grilled, instead of the thin lebanese variety. The tahini sauce was especially well-done, tangy and lemony.

The chicken shawerma was also nice, crispy and tender in equal amount, and amazingly he makes the toum (garlic sauce) the original way: with egg whites, olive oil and garlic, rather than simply garlic and olive oil, or the heinous mayo and garlic concoction. The sauce ends up much lighter and airier, with a great garlicky addition. I asked for a small tub for our BBQ today!

To be honest, its the first time I've had shawerma in any of Chicago's numerous middle eastern restaurants that truly transported me to the motherlands, and in particular to Shawerma Reem in Amman, Jordan. Similar store-front/kiosk feel, emphasis on several sandwiches, done very well. Its keeps them lined up at Reem's, and Pita Land is just as deserving.