Nashvegan

A not-very-definitive guide to eating (and living) as a vegan in Nashville.

Pita Pit September 30, 2009

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Falafel Pita

Falafel Pita

Did you know that it is basically impossible to take a decent picture of a pita?  I took two photos of it when I got it, but there were boring, because it was just sort of laying on that Pita Pit paper and you couldn’t see anything except the wrap.  So I at some of it and took this picture, which came out a bit blurry.  It’s hard to take a picture of something you can only hold so far away from yourself.  And you still can’t really tell what’s inside it.  Pitas are not photogenic.

I’m a big Pita Pit fan.  There are four in the greater Orlando area, so I was always able to get my pita fix.  Aside from Ali Baba, it’s the only downtown vegan-friendly eatery open for late night dining, as far as I’m aware.  And when you get done belting your heart out at Lonnie’s, and all your omni friends are munching down on nasty hot dogs from the guy on the street corner, you can head over to Pita Pit for some veg-a-licious awesomeness in a wrap, and your friends will be jealous.

I pretty much always get the falafel pita with hummus.  Falafel is good.  Pita Pit has pretty good falafel.  Eat it.  Then I add whatever veggies suit my fancy on that particular day and some secret sauce, which is the only vegan condiment that seems to be any good on this particular combination of things (mustard? I don’t think so).  The people working in Pita Pit are always super nice, but there’s not a lot of dining space.  There are but a few tiny tables, and it can get crowded after last call.  If you’re enjoying a pita during your lunch hour, you might very well be one of the only people in the place, which is fine by me.

I will definitely be back to Pita Pit.  I’ve been eating there for years, and they continue to be a reliable standby in my mental library of vegan eateries.  And every pita is a little different if you change your veggies and toppings, so it’s not like eating the same thing every time you go.  An added bonus: delivery!!

Pita Pit

121 2nd Avenue North

Nashville, TN 37201

615.251.9151

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Ali Baba September 3, 2009

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Falafel "Sandwich"

Falafel "Sandwich"

Ali Baba is a relatively new restaurant.  It opened in July.  The coolest thing about Ali Baba is that it is open until 3:00 AM on Fridays and Saturdays.  It’s basically your only late-night downtown alternative to Pita Pit.  The pitas at Pita Pit are bigger and full of more veggies, but sometimes you don’t want a wrap that’s bigger than your face, and they don’t have grape leaves.  The restaurant is kind of hiding, tucked away in a storefront after Big River Brewery: if you weren’t specifically looking for it, you would never notice it.  The interior features some booths and tables with cool stuff hanging from the ceilings, and there are a few plastic tables outside.

On this occasion, I popped into Ali Baba for lunch.  This is the falafel “sandwich.”  It’s more of a wrap than a sandwich, and it’s on more of a tortilla than a pita, but whatever.  It’s still pretty delicious.  It’s not the best falafel I’ve ever had in Nashville–that honor goes to Fattoush–but it definitely hits the spot.  The staff is super friendly as well.  The wrap comes with falafel and hummus and some veggies (lettuce and tomato, etc.) along with some pretty good tahini.  I would prefer it if the falafel was crispier and not as mushy, but overall it’s good.  I will definitely be back.

Ali Baba

105 Broadway

Nashville, TN 37201

(615) 255-5522

Ali Baba doesn’t have a website, but here is a little blurb from the Nashville Scene.

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