I haven’t had good experience with this restaurant so far, so I decided to give it one last try before giving it the old heave-ho into the restaurant and food graveyard. It’s problematic. It’s open so late, and only three steps from my dorm, and uses YCMP, which means I don’t have to dig into my bank account, but the quality has just been so low.
First time I went, I ordered a falafel pita, no vegetables, with extra hummus and tahini, and received little more than a crumbly pita folded over falafel “spread,” and it was cold and mushy and quite disgusting and stale. I took a bite and threw it out.
The second time I went to order a chicken sandwich with fries, only to discover that there were no fries, and even though they were open until 1 AM, they shut off the grill at 11:45, for no reason at all. So I left empty-handed.
I went one last time, only as a last resort, and my roommate came with me, paying for my meal since I’ve used up all my swipes on the Massive Glutwich- another post, I promise. It’s only the most delicious sandwich I’ve ever had. So I went and ordered the chicken combo meal- a buffalo chicken sandwich with fries and a drink. I expected Wings quality because that’s the standard by which all chicken is judged now, and went to eat my meal.
Well, they shut off the fryer at 11:45 and it was 11:46. In fact, I saw the guy try to put some fries in but was chastised by the manager. Two or three minutes later, especially when customers are willing to pay, is rather unreasonable to simply shut off the entire operation. So, no fries. The chicken sandwich was grilled rather than fried, which is healthy, but not nearly as satisfying as the saucy, crunchy Wings chicken. Another point off. The chicken was soft and tender, though, and covered the entirety of the bun, which was fluffy and fell apart rather easily. The buffalo sauce was nothing spectacular, but it was spicy and tasty.
Overall, my experience was average. Roomba got a hummus pita, which she said was satisfying, but not the best thing she’s ever had. Too hummus heavy. It’s not enough to make me rush out and go back, and it certainly didn’t satiate my hunger, but it was all right for the time being and definitely satisfied my need for a hot meal at midnight.
The Pita Pit
Worcester Dining Commons, UMass Amherst
Amherst, MA, 01003