Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Ta-eem Grill


Los Angeles, CA. I was sitting across the street at Neveux Artisan Creamery when a couple of friends walked over with two stuffed pitas. When I say stuffed, I mean they were brimming with flavor and ingredients to the extent where people stopped to ask what they were so they could order the same. They had walked over from Ta-eem Grill, an energetically run Mediterranean shop across the street that is apparently known along the Melrose shopping district. (Referenced by the number of "Oh I love that place" by friends who have seen me going).

Prepare to be greeted as soon as you walk in, as the ordering counter is flush to the store's entrance. A lively gentleman welcomes you to the shop and directs the flow of the 'kitchen.' Orders are quickly made, and after surveying the menu, this time around I went for a fried chicken in their Schnitzel Pita. Though many of the dishes can be ordered with laffa bread, pita, as a sandwich, or a plate (protein-style anyone?), I remembered my friends' pita sandwich and went with what I was craving. I loaded up the fluffy pita bread with some of their salads (cabbages and lettuce), tahini, chili oil, a little hummus and found myself wanting to lick my fingers as the blend of spice and sauce ran down my hands. So it's a little messy, but I was the master of this particular mix and I ate every last morsel.

If you want a side, a few are offered: hummus, salad, and french fries and a dessert menu of baklava or malabi, though the pita was quite substantial. Seating lines the front of the shop and more rests in the back, but getting it to go seems like the best way to eat comfortably. A word to the wise, get your ice cream (and other dairy) after LEAVING Ta-eem Grill. The restaurant is kosher and requests that its patrons respect this by keeping dairy on the outside. All-in-all, a pit stop for pita in the middle of a busy work day? It's going to be hard not to make a habit of this!

Schnitzel Pita

Ta-eem Grill, Inc.
7422 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 944-0013

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