Craft Pita Comes to West University

December 30, 2022

Founded in 2019 by chef Rafael Nasr, Craft Pita shares culture through food and provides an authentic Mediterranean dining experience. Their popular Fountain View has been raved about since opening in 2020 and landed on Yelp’s Top 100 Places To Eat list. Now Chef Nasr is rolling out Craft Pita’s second location in West University. We had a chance to visit with him and try some of their most popular offerings. 

The Location

The West University location sits at the corner of Buffalo Speedway and Westpark, conveniently located near the Medical Center and Greenway area. The restaurant has an outdoor patio area perfect for the evenings. The indoor area is decorated elegantly with cozy seating and paintings that give a nod to the Mediterranean region. The dining room is well lit with plenty of space for larger parties.

The Food

You simply can’t go wrong with anything you order here. Chef Nasr’s focus is to bring fresh, locally sourced food to life. These principles are what he brings to the second location of Craft Pita by:

While there, we had Chef Nasr order us a variety of items that best showcased the range and more importantly the tastiness of the menu.

Mezze Sampler

Hummus, labneh, babaganoush, tabbouleh, turnips, pita bread, and pita chips

Our thoughts: A nice and lite appetizer to share with the table.

Lebanese Tacos

3 tacos with shredded rotisserie chicken, garlic aioli, pickles, fries inside the tacos, rice pilaf, hot sauce.

Our thoughts: Can’t go wrong with this especially to share as an appetizer. The hot sauces is a stand out – hot enough to get your attention, but not in an excessive over the top way. It is flavorful with influences from Texas and other inspirations Chef Nasr draws upon.

Shawarma Style Pita Sandwich Served with Baked Pita Chips

Shredded rotisserie chicken, garlic aioli, roasted potatoes, red cabbage, tomato, pickles, lettuce, parsley

Our thoughts: At first we questioned the roasted potatoes, but boy were we wrong. The combination of the potatoes, chicken, and garlic aioli sauce create a unique flavor that is memorable.

Rice Bowl

Lebanese rice (comes with beef) with chicken kabob. This entree includes tabbouleh, red cabbage, and pickled turnips.

Our thoughts: Staple Mediterranean dish that excels at the basics and leaves you wanting more. 

Conclusion

Craft Pita aims to bring the community together for a healthy and delicious meal inspired by the traditions of the Mediterranean. As a first-generation Lebanese American, Nasr highlights his family’s Lebanese heritage while providing a unique dining experience. We will be back many many more times!