TRIFECTA OF CUISINE
The Pita Shop serves Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Greek food, all of which have their own avor proles.
1 The most popular item on the menu is a Greek classic: the Beef and Lamb Gyro ($9.60) served with lettuce,
tomato, tzatziki sauce and a side of fries.
2 The shop also serves Mediterranean dishes, such as the Chicken Shawarma ($10.99) rice bowl served with vegetables, cheese and a garlic, tzatziki, ranch or tahini sauce.
Susan Mutschlechner-Aldmour and Omar Aldmour have owned and operated The Pita Shop since 2015.
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The Pita Shop Restaurant brings Jordanian cuisine to San Marcos S ituated on the outskirts of San Mar- cos along RR 12 sits a small, locally owned restaurant called The Pita Shop that specializes in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Greek cuisine. BY ZARA FLORES
3 To complete the trifecta, the menu also features Mediterranean dishes, such as the falafel ($5) served with tahini sauce and sides of pita bread ($.89) .
community and needed more space. In 2018, the owners doubled their square footage by investing in the unit next door to add extra storage and more indoor seating for customers. The owners spent about six months looking for the right contractor for the job. By happenstance, a loyal customer worked in construction and was able to take on the renovation. “We were so lucky to even be able to have someone do it for us. When we opened the [original] spot, we couldn’t aord anybody to do any work; we had to remodel it,” Mutschlechner-Aldmour said. Two years since the onset of the pan- demic, The Pita Shop is as strong as ever with a small but mighty sta of seven, including the owners. Despite frequent trips into Austin or San Antonio for some necessities and specialty items, the own- ers would not have it any other way. “People love it, I love it. I’m proud of what we do here, and I want to continue serving San Marcos,” Aldmour said. “I’m not going anywhere.”
Despite a lack of foot-trac in the area, business owners Omar Aldmour and Susan Mutschlechner-Aldmour appreciate not being in downtown as they have better parking, do not have spiking rent and have grown a loyal customer base. Aldmour, raised in Jordan, said he knows authentic Middle Eastern food and feels as though there are no other places in San Marcos that oer what The Pita Shop oers. “People come from dierent towns to just eat at The Pita Shop,” Aldmour said. “We’ve been getting a lot of people from New Braunfels, Wimberley, all the way from Seguin [and] South Austin.” As the restaurant continued to succeed over the years, it eventually outgrew the handful of tables in the 800-square-foot unit out of which it was servicing the
The Pita Shop 1904 RR 12, Ste. 111, San Marcos 512-216-6051 www.thepitashopsmtx.com Hours: Tue.-Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Mon.
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