Do you ever think to yourself… “I don’t want to cook, but I don’t want to go out and eat unhealthy fried food either!” Sometimes a juicy burger and hot crispy french fries are the perfect dinner. Or, sometimes you just want to eat-out healthily. When I have a craving for fresh produce and light, filling food I always head out to the Pita Jungle on Shea road in Scottsdale.
While, this place is not my favorite stop for great middle eastern fare, it comes in at a very close second. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been here as we go monthly at least. I always always get the same thing. On our last trip a few days ago, I got something different and was then wishing that I had my hummus with grilled sirloin instead. Not that my dish wasn’t good, it was delicious. There is just something so rich yet not so guilty about their hummus with grilled sirloin and pine nuts ($9.49). This dish is not on their regular menu, it is an appetizer on their special menu. The grilled sirloin is sliced and cooked perfectly. It’s poured over onto the hummus along with the pan drippings and garnished with pine nuts. Mmmm, meat and chickpeas…it’s a beautiful thing!
I’m going a little backwards here, as I forgot to tell you about our favorite appetizer. Anytime of the year, fall, winter, spring, or summer…we always get their Mozzarella Tomato and Basil ($7.29). I wish I knew where they got their produce, because the tomatoes on this plate are always very large and very fresh tasting. My husband and I love the quality of the mozzarella and the little crispy pita triangles they serve with it. The perfect light, fresh, and healthy way to start off your meal.
I’ve heard that their blue corn nachos ($7.99) are to die for as well as their carribean salad ($9.49) which is basically all tropical fruits over healthy greens with a nice sweet strawberry vinaigrette. I’ve been meaning to try these two dishes I’ve heard so much about, but I’m a creature of habit. On our last trip I was feeling a little adventurous and ordered the Gambas Con Ajo ($8.69). It was absolutely humongous! Nothing like I expected from the description at all. It was five jumbo shrimp cooked in a light tomato like broth with garlic and white wine. It came with pita triangles that were covered in pesto and cheddar cheese. It was quite an amazing dish. I am not a fan of cooked tomatoes and this dish had a large amount of that in the broth so my husband ate that part. The shrimp were cooked perfectly and not overcooked which can be easily done.
I know this location serves beer and wine and even maybe liquor, but I never partake in that because I am addicted to their tropical iced tea. I cannot do it justice with words, just make sure to order it next time you go. The servers are so awesome they even give me a to-go cup of it when I leave because they know how much I am in love with it!
I don’t have one negative thing to say about the Pita Jungle. It gets the FOOD-TRAMP-STAMP-OF-APPROVAL all the way!
7366 E Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260