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The Pita Place in Muskegon Serves Gyros with Fresh, Homemade Pita

MUSKEGON, MI – The Pita Place, 2039 East Apple Avenue in Muskegon, has been a staple in the area for lunch and dinner for 16 years, MLive reported on October 23.

The Greek-American “family-owned restaurant serves a mix of meals including Greek gyros, pitas, loaded salads and soups,” MLive reported.

“My daughter said it best, it’s fresh food fast,” Greek-American owner Bill Pallas told MLive.

“Pallas, whose mother and grandparents emigrated from Greece, envisioned The Pita Place after operating Tony’s Pizza in South Haven during the 1980s,” MLive reported, adding that “he wrote the menu with his wife, and it ‘just sat for years’ until the Muskegon family opened the restaurant in 2005.”

“With 21 sandwiches on the menu, it’s the fine-tuned pita bread recipe that stands out,” MLive reported.

“We would just tweak it over the years. That bread recipe was from 1989 to 2005 and it changed two days before we opened,” Pallas told MLive. “It’s always try a little bit and try a little of that.”

“The dough is made fresh every morning and grilled only minutes before served to customers,” MLive reported, noting that “Pallas calls it a ‘labor intensive process’ that is ‘worth it’ for the fresh taste.”

“The classic gyro wraps beef and lamb shaved off a rotisserie spit, red onion, tomato and traditional tzatziki sauce in a warm pita,” MLive reported, adding that “a regular size is available for $9.19 and a junior for $5.29.”

Pallas told MLive that “a junior-sized pita ‘goes perfectly’ with a side salad or a cup of soup.”

“The Pita Place also serves 11 different salads inspired by the pita menu with options like Greek or gyro salads,” MLive reported, adding that “a falafel salad tops romaine lettuce with the deep-fried chickpea fritters, pita bread, feta cheese, pepperoncini peppers and tomatoes with Greek yogurt sauce.”

“A lot of the menu items are built around the drive-thru,” Pallas told MLive. “If we can’t get it out in a certain amount of time, it usually doesn’t go on the menu.”

“The Pita Place primarily serves food to go for drive-thru or walk-in customers,” MLive reported, noting that “in-person dining is currently only open for lunch three days a week due to a labor shortage impacting restaurants.”

“Pallas, a graduate of Mona Shores High School, decorated the booth-filled dining room with historic photos of Muskegon,” MLive reported.

“No place like the lakeshore in Michigan and in Muskegon,” he told MLive.

The Pita Place is open from 10:30 AM-7 PM Monday-Saturday. Dine in is available from 10:30 AM-4 PM Thursday-Saturday.

The full menu is available online: https://thepitaplace.com/.

More information is available by phone: 231-773-7482.

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