Pita's Mediterranean Grill opened back on Feb. 1 in Hillcrest (3890 Fifth Ave.). The family-owned restaurant's first location opened eight years ago in San Marcos. Popular menu items include chicken shawarma and homemade falafel, and all recipes come from the matriarch of the family, who's of Palestinian descent. When I called for details, I overheard one of the sons telling a customer: “If you don't want hummus, I can go double salad or double rice. We make it how you want it.” Sounds promising.
Whether you like it or not, good things do come from Texas—especially when they hail from Austin. Casa de Luz (2920 University Ave., the old Salvation Army building in North Park) is slated to open in June or July, says Eduardo “Wayo” Longorio, whose dad by the same name opened the only other location, in Austin, 25 years ago. The concept: A communal dining experience in which people are served a predetermined, whole-food, plant-based menu of fresh fare and educated on proper nourishment for optimum health. The place is also slated to have a juice bar and tea menu. You should stuff yourself with all the fatty goodness you can so that Longorio's macrobiotic, cleansing recipes featuring legumes, grains, greens and the like are put to the true test come opening day. Cooking classes will also be offered.
San Diego Chargers cornerback Antoine Cason will serve red-velvet “bolt” cupcakes to sugar-hungry souls at Sprinkles (8855 Villa La Jolla Drive in La Jolla) from 11 to 1 p.m. March 12. Proceeds will support After-School All- Stars, a nonprofit that provides free after-school programs to children in need. sprinkles.com
If all goes well, North Park's El Take it Easy (3926 30th St.) will soon be serving up margaritas, artisan spirits and mescals imported from obscure parts of Mexico. Owner Jay Porter says the results from a recent survey showed that patrons were thirsty for more than just beer and wine. Porter responded by putting in an application to upgrade his liquor license. He's hoping he can get neighbors to support the application.
On Monday, March 14, a truck with 80-inch video screens will show Farm to Fridge, a 12-minute film narrated by James Cromwell about the treatment of animals on factory farms, several times from 7 to 8 p.m. on the corner of Market Street and Fifth Avenue, Downtown. Volunteers will also stream the movie from iPod-embedded tees. Mercy for Animals, a nonprofit known for its exposés on animal cruelty, is behind the nationwide road show. You can also watch the documentary at meatvideo.com. warning: It's not for the faint of heart.
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