|Wood fired mahi-mahi|
September 17, 2012
After moving to Arizona from the south of France, Andreane Esclapez began her life in America as a hostess with Pita Jungle - at the time only a small, budding Arizona franchise that adamantly adhered to its motto - "The Art of Eating Healthy." Within a few short years, and after assisting in the opening of numerous locations around Arizona, Andreane worked her way up to become part owner of her own flourishing location in Phoenix. This summer, Andreane expanded Pita Jungle’s franchise west to her favorite area of San Diego – the thriving and bustling neighborhood of Hillcrest – a perfect locale for a brand that’s fun, wholesome, nourishing, and amazingly affordable.
Of the featured specials we sampled the wood-fired mahi mahi (pictured above) served with cilantro, jalapeno hummus, pico de gallo, pine nuts, pea sprouts, lemon and deliciously spiced pita chips ($11.99). I thoroughly enjoyed piling each of the diverse ingredients atop a pita chip - reminiscent of nachos, but elevated by the fresh flaky fish. Once again, the price of this dish left us delightfully shocked.
Though their beer list includes 20+ bottles and drafts, including personal favorite Racer 5 IPA, we paired the dishes with a bold and beautiful 2010 Chilean cabernet, Root 1, which was filled with flavor, refreshing and somewhat sweet.
Get to Pita Jungle for some refreshingly healthy dishes, an iced cold beer, and just chill in this artsy, laid back new locale! If we lived closer, we’d be there weekly for dishes singing with flavor that don’t leave you feeling guilty in the gut - or the wallet!
1045 University Avenue, Hillcrest
Sat 10:00am -11:00pm
Sun 10:00am -10:00pm
Brunch served Sat & Sun 10:00am - 2:00pm