Hendersonville and Flat Rock residents looking for a meal with a Middle Eastern flair have a new place to dine. Pita Express, owned by Mohamid and Lina Abuadas,
opened Friday in the location of the former Doughboy's Donuts on Greenville Highway. The couple operated the cafeteria at Blue Ridge Community College for 10 years.
When the lease ended at BRCC, they began to look around for a place to open an eatery featuring Middle Eastern fare, said Mohamid Abuadas. The couple, who have lived in Hendersonville for 20 years, also run Lina's Subs, a sandwich shop at Smiley's Flea Market in Fletcher. "We had been looking for a place to open for a long time," he said Wednesday. "We thought people would like full-scale dining in an Middle Eastern restaurant. People love the food."
Pita Express offers a taste of the Mediterranean through a variety of dishes on its menu. Everything is prepared from scratch using fresh produce and meats, Abuadas said. The restaurant gets its pita bread from a bakery in Greenville, S.C., but there are plans to eventually bake the bread on site. There are several dishes featuring hummus (fresh boiled chick peas, tahini sauce and lemon juice) and falafel (a fried ball or patty made from spiced chickpeas and/or fava beans). Falafel is a popular form of street food or fast food in the Middle East.
Our gyro combo has been a customer favorite since day one! Choose lamb, chicken, or veggie with your choice of greek salad or steak fries. Couple it with our homemade iced tea (or any other fountain drink) and you're set!
Feta cheese, basil, tomatoes, grilled vegetables cooked in extra virgin olive oil, Arugula and Zatar (dry Thyme and Sesame Seed mix) on top of homemade Pita bread crust.
Tabuli salad included on the side.
Add chicken or lamb meat for an additional $1.50
(Vegetarian patties prepared from ground chickpeas with natural seasoning cooked in 100% vegetable oil)served on a fresh bed of romaine lettuce, tomates, red onions, cucumbers, olives, feta cheese, and our town creamy and tangy cool cucumber sauce.