A name like Pita Jungle does not conjure images of bold, decadent dishes that trigger wide-eyed excitement and drooling, but it intrigued me enough to try it during a recent trip to Old Town Pasadena. Housed in a sleek but modest industrial-type space, this place immediately fit the bill of hip and healthy food for the young, eco- and organically conscious as well as vegan granolaheads. But any concerns about being served food that tasted like cardboard were immediately put to rest. The two dishes I ordered from the Happy Hour Tapas menu, Shrimp in Ajo Sauce and Scallops in a garlic red sauce, were outstanding, as was my entree, Lavosh Pizza, a thin wood-fired crust topped with kalamata olives, mushrooms, feta cheese and bell peppers. The experience begs for a few suggestions for this chain, though: with a name like Pita Jungle, it wouldn't hurt to have a courtesy bowl of pita with hummus, which diners can enjoy while waiting to be served (it took an awful long time, and it was lunchtime on an un-busy Saturday). The tapas are pitifully small, even compared to those served at expensive tapas places in Spain. Both tapas I ordered had exactly two medium size pieces each, not the jumbo shrimp or scallops one would expect at $4 per dish during Happy Hour. Still, this place fills the growing trend for healthy Mediterranean food and is worth a visit.
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