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The nearest Pita Pit is less than 200m away from my house; yet until this day I’ve never made it there. Today was a Sunday night on which the quick walk and the prospect of not having to make dinner seemed tempting, and so we finally went.

I heard heard that Pita Pit was “basically like Subway, but with pitas instead of subs” – and in a way, that’s very true. From the green billboards to the ads of supposed “fresh eating”, the 2 places seemed very similar. Same concept, too: you walk in, choose your size and kind of bread, choose your main topping, and then have a variety of vegetables, extra toppings, and sauces available.

Toppings bar

One significant difference to Subway though: this place seemed much more vegan friendly. There are a total 4 vegan options, and they are clearly marked as such on the menu – Hummus, Babaganoush, Falafel and Garden. Check out their menu here. I chose the 6 inch Babaganoush on whole wheat bread with lots of spinach, tomatoes, onion and black olives (love black olives), and bean sprouts. The whole thing cost $3.79, which I deemed acceptable.

babaganoush pita

Definitely good choice for a quick Sunday night dinner, maybe not great if you’re very hungry or needing some protein (shame, no tofu or tempeh in sight).

Best part: free pita chips!

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Hummus Place is a chain in NYC. Of course the name appealed to me right away. We walked past a couple of different locations when exploring the city. Then one night, I found myself in a pizza place with 0 vegan options (other than the house salad – without the cheese, the ham, the dressing: you guys know the deal). I did remember, though, walking past a Hummus Place on the way there. So I just stepped in, got this salad to go and was quickly reunited with my friends in the pizza place, only with a delicious quinoa salad as my prey.

Tabule Quinoa $7.25
(Quinoa, tomatoes, parsley & mint)

This was hands down the single best quinoa salads I’ve ever had. The tub came with two little dressing containers, both of which I emptied over the salad. One of them you can see in the corner in the picture. The flavours – minty, a bit sour, with lots of parsley – were divine. Everyone else tried and loved it as well.

This was such a nice suprise. I was especially happy with this since I didn’t even look through the rest of the
Menu, I just saw the word ‘quinoa’ and pointed towards that one. Although I guess, how could you possibly go wrong in a diner called ‘Hummus Place’?

My only criticism : for 8 bucks (tax included), and this being sold as the -large- one, I thought the portion could have been a little bit bigger.

This is the website. If you’re in NYC and you’re looking for a quick, good vegan meal, you should stop here.