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Monday, October 2, 2023

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CafÈ Pita Plus a hidden delicacy

Tucked in a small Westheimer strip center, behind a Church’s Chicken and a General Joe’s Chopstix, hides one of, if not the best, Bosnian restaurants in Houston. The only problem is you may not even notice it’s there.

Caf’eacute; Pita Plus opened in 2006, bringing with it authentic Bosnian cuisine and incorporating many Mediterranean flavors. With its small dining room and exposed kitchen, it really feels like you’re at a little cafe in Bosnia. The owner is constantly moving around, bussing tables and talking to guests, heightening the relaxed atmosphere within the restaurant. He even stops by tables to take orders and provide suggestions.

Atmosphere can make or break a restaurant, but the most important thing is always going to be what’s on your plate, and Caf’eacute; Pita Plus does not disappoint.

The signature dish, cevap (pronounced ‘cheh-vap’), is the one reason you should try this place. Cevap resembles a breakfast sandwich with grilled meat sausages between lepinja, a spongy version of pita bread. It’s not to be eaten like a pita though, which should be pointed out before you pick it up and have the meat fall out. Break off some bread, cut a piece of cevap, combine and enjoy this spicy and aromatic delicacy.

Entrees include chicken and beef kebabs, slow-roasted lamb shank and stuffed peppers. The stuffed peppers are beasts, each one the size of a fist and stuffed with beef and rice.

Also on the menu are pizzas, freshly made on a thin crust. At 10 inches, two people could dine on one pizza. Saturdays are a real treat though, as spit-roasted lamb is served. It is brought in on a huge plate, with sizable portions of rice and bread. Like the pizza, you may want to bring a friend along as well.

If anything should be said about the food, it should be that it’s cheap. The cevap is a bargain at $7, and the burek sandwich, puff pastry wrapped around your choice of filling, is a steal at $5. With the generous portions, you could probably feed four people comfortably for less than $30.

There are desserts too, but after eating, it’ll be quite the task to find room for sweets. If you do muster up the stomach, get the tufahija, a poached apple stuffed with walnuts and whipped cream.

Since you might overlook the sign, know this – Caf’eacute; Pita Plus offers great food at a low price with an atmosphere as close to the streets of Sarajevo as you can get without leaving Houston.

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