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Food

Recession Obsession: Falafel 'Burritos' that Will Fill Your Tummy

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A Recession Obsession is, 1) a meal so great that it sticks in your mind long after digestion's end, and, 2) plays nice with your sensitive wallet. Is there a better place than Los Angeles to eat a wide variety of amazing food that so happens to be inexpensive? Probably not. We're as lucky as we are well fed. We last obsessed over Delicious Pig Butt and Frozen Yogurt 3.0. Today, we obsess...

Los Angeles has a fascination, perhaps an obsession, with burritos. Although the Mexican treat may be the most popular around town, other countries have their wraps as well. The twittering Indian food truck chef, Sumat Pardel, taught us about frankies and today we bring you the lafa wrap.

At Pita Kitchen, a sidewalk cafe in Sherman Oaks, you choose your protein (falafel or chicken and beef shawarmas, kabobs, kaftas or schitzels) and how you want it presented--pita, lafa wrap or straight on a plate with sides. Our favorite is the lafa wrap, a thinner pita bread with no pocket. Instead, it gets rolled like a burrito with other ingredients. For example, a falafel lafa wrap comes rolled in hummus, tahini, tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce (add hot sauce to make it extra delicious).

What does this filling lafa wrap cost you? $6 for the falafel and $7 for any of the meat versions. It's a great deal because a) it's a big dish (if you're not starving, you can eat half and save the other half for later) and b) all meals are made fresh to order on the grill (once in a power outage, they were the only restaurant able to say open for business). Any of the dishes served with a regular pita instead will cost $1 less while plates cost a few bucks more.

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Pita Kitchen, which is cash only, is located on 14500 1/2 Van Nuys Blvd. (at Ventura) in Sherman Oaks, 91403