It’s unusual for the Indy to cover a chain restaurant in this space, but Pita Pit, which was founded in Ontario, has its U.S. headquarters in Coeur d’Alene, making it more or less a local business. Also, in case you missed it, the Missoula location is enormously famous due to the virality of a video recorded by three young women who received terrible customer service there last month. You can look it up. I’m not describing it in a food column.

Any college town worthy of the name has a Pita Pit in its downtown area. Open until 3 a.m. by franchise dictate, it’s often the option of last resort for hungry people out and about in the wee hours. At the risk of sounding cross-promotional, the Indy’s iDeals section always has Pita Pit gift certificates for sale at bargain rates, making them a popular choice with staffers looking for a cheap lunch that includes some form of vegetables.

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And they’re fine, really. Especially if you stick with ingredients that traditionally go into a pita: chickpea-based products like hummus and falafel. They come with a salad’s worth of veggies including spinach, tomatoes, red onions and black olives. The salty feta cheese is a counterpoint to the unusual black-peppery falafel. The containing pita is split to the halfway point, leaving enough of a pocket for the sandwich maker to tightly stuff the fillings into before rolling it all up, making for a tidy, portable packet of food. Everything was really fresh, too. I’m not much of a chain-fast-food eater, so I was impressed that the vegetables were crunchy and flavorful, not wilted and watery like a certain sandwich chain I won’t name that’s got a Country Teasers song in its latest ad.

The service was polite and competent. At no point did any employees lose their cool. Probably they don’t like to talk about their possibly racist, definitely intemperate former coworker and the fame to which she catapulted them. I didn’t risk asking.

Staff Reporter

Susan Elizabeth Shepard lived in Missoula from 2008 to 2011 before returning in 2017 to work at the Independent. She is also a two-time resident of Austin, TX, and Portland, OR, with an interest in labor, music and sports. @susanelizabeth on Twitter.

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