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epicuriousBurnaby, BCSince February 21, 2006507 Reviews
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Bistro Sakana1123 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Don't come here hungry...
Submitted Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 10:27am [Dine in]

If do you, expect to spend at least $30/person (not including drinks). I brought my sister here for her birthday and we all had a nice time.
A warning for those with infants - leave the strollers at home. The restaurant is really small. It seats probably about 30-40 people, elbow-to-elbow. Even with the entrance, you need to squeeze by as there is a 2-person table literally inches from the doorway. Washrooms are in the building next door.

The service was really great. All the servers were professional (all in black) and extremely friendly. Unfortunately, there weren't enough of them around, so at some times, it was really annoying waiting for one to come around to simply get the bill.

The ambiance is very plain. Being used to the interior at Kingyo or Hapa, Bistro Sakana is very minimal - plain gray walls, a few rice paper floor lamps, but nice chairs and tables. One thing I was quite surprised with was that the chopsticks given were of the same quality of take-out quick sushi joints (the kind that don't split evenly).

The food was yummy, but quite expensive. The 3 of us ate about 3-4 tapas each (just tea, no cocktails) and the bill came to $80 before T&T. One (small) piece of ahi tuna nigiri was a whooping $3.50! Must mention dishes are:
- the yam fries
- the baked oysters
- baked black cod
- crunchy fillo prawns and scallop
- teppan roll (even at $10 - definately worth every penny)

Overall, a good restaurant, but a little too pricey. But then again, you are in posh Yaletown.

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Pappagallo Cafe6696 East Hastings Street, Burnaby
Amazing Cheesecakes
Submitted Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 11:23am [Dine in]

I often drive by Pappagallo's and have always wondered about their "Ultimate Cheesecakes". Unfortunately, almost every time I drive by, they are closed - to a point where I wonder if they ever open.

I finally caught a lucky break and went on a weekend afternoon - and yes, they were open! I walked into the cozy little coffee shop and stood behind two ladies in line.
Not to my surprise, they were both in line for the cheesecakes and they both had purchased whole ones.
I think they offer about 8-10 different flavors of cheesecakes which they make daily, or so I was told.

I wanted to get 3 slices so that I can try a few different flavors, but I couldn't decide which ones to get (the only flavor they were s/o of was the Tiramisu). The owner suggested one fruit, one with nuts, and one other. I thought it was a brillant suggestion. So I went with 1 blueberry, 1 cappucino, and 1 Turtles cheesecake.

As he was scooping them into take-out containers, he let me try a huge spoonful of the blueberry and Turtles one. It was heaven on a fork - or 2 forks! Very light tasting and smooth and not overly sweet.

The owner said that he and his wife make the cheesecakes daily and they are open from 6am - 6pm (which explains why they were closed everytime I drove by in the evenings). Cheesecake slices were about $3.50 a piece, but they were huge! I split mine into two and still had an ample size each time. Whole cheesecakes are $25 and worth every penny.

My only complaint about them are that the crust is a little on the thick side

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Kirin Seafood Restaurant1163 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
Unimpressed
Submitted Monday, April 28, 2008 - 3:40pm [Dine in]

Kirin is well-known as being a high-class Chinese restaurant. After having a dimsum lunch there yesterday, I find it hard to justify the price you pay for fine Chinese dining here.
Although I did not front the bill, looking at the prices on their menu suggests that the dishes are almost double what you would pay elsewhere.

Cons:
-sticky chicken rice wrapped in lotus leaf (so small that my 3 yr old nephew easily polished off 2 of the 3 amongst other dishes)
-black bean spare ribs - these were so fatty looking I couldn't stomach it.
-Chinese donut wrapped in rice roll (donut was unexpectedly hard and not fresh tasting)
-Fried stuffed tofu - eventhough we knew this dish was deep-fried, it was incredibly oily. The doiley underneath was completely soaking wet from excess oil.
-as my brother-in-law mentioned, they are not very environmentally friendly. They choose to focus on presentation over being green. Every condiment came on a dish over a plate with a spoon...this is for EVERY condiment. Some dishes came with two sauces which meant 7 pieces of serving ware total. And for leftovers, they packed each dish in a separate styrofoam container (eventhough we only had a few pieces leftover from a dish)

I guess some would look at this as a good addition to service, but we thought it was unnecessary.

Pros: Clean restaurant, good service, plenty of parking.

Overall, nothing special about Kirin. I'd much rather eat just as much for half the price elsewhere.

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El Inka Latin Deli3826 Sunset Street, Burnaby
Delish!
Submitted Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 6:38pm [Dine in]

After reading such rave reviews, I was dying to try El Inka. I was finally able to yesterday, and boy, was it a treat!

I went straight after work (about 4:30pm) to pick-up some take out. Too bad they don't have any take-out menus so that one could call ahead to order. I arrived and was the only one there and was guided to a duotanged menu. There wasn't really an order to the menu, just random pictures and descriptions.
I had a hard time deciding since I was new to the cuisine. I finally decided on the Aji de Gallina (a rice dish with shredded chicken in a creamy sauce), a Peruvian Tamal and a chicken empanada.

I waited about 15-20 minutes for them to prepare my meals - during which I enjoyed a soap opera blaring on the television above. When my order was done, the lady asked about me and how I came to discover her restaurant. It made me feel very welcome and I appreciated it. My bill came out to $20 including tax and tip.

I darted home as fast as I could as the delightful aroma filled me up with anticipation of dinnertime. I under-estimated the chicken dish. I thought, How good could a chicken dish with cream sauce be?? All I can say is, "WOW". The combination of the chicken, the sauce and the potatoes lining the dish was wonderful.

The tamal was a little different than what I'm used to. Instead of a crumbly corn meal mixture, it tasted more like polenta - which is also yummy in my books! My boyfriend said the empanada was delicious, I tasted it and agreed. Very flavourful.

My only complaint is that when they say that a dish has olives and egg, they mean a slice of hard-boiled egg and one black olive - one. I only wished there was more.

As for the ambiance, it's not much, but it does give off a homey feel and adds to the experience of home-cooked meals.

I definitely recommend El Inka and can't wait myself to go back. I'm salivating just thinking of it!

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Vienna Treasures909 12th Street, New Westminster
Treasures, in deed!
Submitted Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - 4:35pm [Dine in]

I drove by VT this afternoon during my lunch hour and noticed this new bakery so I stopped in to see what they had to offer.
It's a cute little shop that also sells bundt pans (which I thought was a little weird, but oh well).

Looked around a bit and found that they did not offer much of a pick-up and munch selection - everything was either packaged in nice gift bags or whole cakes and large pastries. Since I couldn't just buy a small item to sample, I looked for something that I could share easily with my coworkers. I bought a bag of cookies called "Chocolate Paws". Although a bit on the expensive side (about 8 cookies for $4.75), O-M-G were they ever delicious!! Crispy on the outside, smooth and soft on the inside and dusted with powdered sugar. These babies are to die for!

The owner was really nice and said that her bakery was pretty new. For that, I don't blame her for only offering big items like whole cakes. For an area that doesn't have much traffic, I too, wouldn't bother with small items - they would spoil and that would be a shame!

I also found out on her website that she's been baking and selling her goods for years at farmer's markets. I recommend this bakery and would definitely return for some more Chocolate Paws and try her Anise Cookies too.

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Schnitzelz781 Denman St., Vancouver
Schnappy Schnitzelz
Submitted Friday, April 18, 2008 - 4:02pm [Dine in]

After reading the reviews below, I went with lowered expectations. Maybe that's the key. It was actually better than I had expected.

You get the best of both world in terms of ambiance: restaurant-style seating that's very casual at the same time. There's no waiting for a server to come take your order, bring you the bill, etc. You order and then sit. I guess depending on how busy it is, they'll bring you your order (or not). Picture Swiss Chalet take-out service, except with an eating area.

I agree with Chasiubow that the sides are very non-traditional, but I have to say my fries were pretty darn tasty - very well seasoned and fresh. I ordered the Canadian Schnitzel burger which was also pretty tasty.

Overall, I found it to be a good deal. Let's hope my [good] experience wasn't just a fluke.
Also must note; drinks were well-priced. Mighty leaf tea was only $1.50. Sleemans was only $4.50 and a glass of wine only $5.

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Muzi Tea Bar870 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
The New Infuze
Submitted Friday, April 18, 2008 - 2:36pm [Dine in]

If you're a hard-core tea fan, this is the teahouse for you. Muzi Tea is the same company as Infuze - a improved concept and a new name.

When they were known as Infuze, a friend and I totally adored their equivalent to the Matcha Frappucino. I ordered a Rooibos Caramel Fusion Smoothie because it sounded so delicious.

As much as I love tea, I couldn't get used to the taste of my smoothie and it ruined my Muzi experience. To me, when I think of a tea smoothie, I thought sweet frapped beverage (much like the Matcha Frappucino), especially when there's caramel in it. But much to my surprise, it was basically just blended tea with ice and no sweetener. Since they only have sugar packets, I assumed you weren't supposed to add sugar to it.

Thinking back, their concept is heathly lifestyle (low fat, low sugar), which is totally fine with me since I do enjoy naked tea, but as a hot beverage...not cold. I wished I knew, I would have ordered a hot tea.

Overall tea quality was still good, ambiance was nice and clean. They even offer 50% off loose leaf teas with a purchase of drink as a special. But the service from the sour barista turned me off. She had attitude and wasn't very nice.

I would likely return, but probably only to buy loose tea, not drinks.

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La Baguette & L'Echalote1680 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Really good choco croissants
Submitted Friday, April 18, 2008 - 11:57am [Dine in]

What a great location for a french bakery. Perfect for a nice summer day. Buy some cheese from the market, stop here for some freshly baked french bread, take a step outside and there's usually some form of entertainment right outside. Perfect lunch/snack.

The chocolate croissants here are to die for. They also sometimes have this container full of brownie chunks (half dusted with cocoa powder, half dusted with confectioner's sugar) - it's the ultimate snack for the sweet tooth.

The service is hit or miss. Because the counter runs across the restaurant, there's no real order to who is served next. The times that I've gone, it's usually whoever makes eye contact first, gets served.

Pastries are also really good here. This is my favorite bakery on Granville Island.

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Burrito Fresco968 Granville Street, Vancouver
Closed.
Submitted Wednesday, April 9, 2008 - 5:48pm [Dine in]

FYI, this restaurant is now closed. Walked by a couple weeks ago and windows were covered by parchment.
I guess I'm not surprised as everytime I walked by it, there was no one in there which deterred me from entering.

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William Tell, The765 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Nice Brunch
Submitted Wednesday, April 9, 2008 - 2:07pm [Dine in]

Sunday Brunch at William Tell last weekend was delightful. Some would call the ambiance dated. But I call it comfortably classy. The spread of food was delicious, but if you really think about it, how much could one possibly eat first thing on a Sunday? So although $25/person for brunch may seem expensive for some, consider this: it's not something you do often, so I think it is worthy experience. Also, it's the same price (more or less) as afternoon tea and you do get so much more.

Some very memorable items included a nice roasted vegetable platter, poached salmon, pear and cheese tart, good chicken emince, and a very nice sole dish. The dessert section carried a very nice flan and a delicious tiramisu.

Unfortunately I did not have room for anything from their made-to-order crepe and omelette station, which I will be sure to sample next time.

They also had eggs benedict. Good flavor, but a very chewy english muffin. But there really isn't a good way to preserve the crispiness when it is offered in a chaffing dish. I would suggest flaking some salmon or smoked trout on top of the benedict.

Service was good and attentive. We never felt rushed at all even with the friendly hot entree last call reminder.

The restaurant had two sections: a bistro/cafe section where the dessert was housed, and the more cozy loungey section inside where the hot food was which is where we sat. I really liked the cozy section - seats were comfortable and lighting was perfect.

I would definitely recommend the Sunday brunch. A tip: if you're going on a Sunday, do the brunch. The Swiss Farmer's buffet in the evening is about $15 more expensive and they offer a very similar menu.

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Milestone's Grill and Bar1109 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
New and Improved!
Submitted Wednesday, April 9, 2008 - 12:44pm [Dine in]

After not wanting to wait out in the rain last weekend for BarNone, a group of us decided to just have drinks at Milestone's. From my experience the last time I went, I vowed never to return here - the service was atrocious and prices were "Yaletown" prices.

Luckily, I gave it a chance. I would not have recognized this Milestone's if I were just walking by. It looked like a completely new eatery. Outside was modern silver and had some beach wood decor. Inside was also very nice - silvers, beach wood, dark wood etc.). There was a projection screen above the bar that rolled up and out of site when not in use and revealed a nice wood/mirror motif behind it.

We sat on the huge stretch table that ran all across the bar/lounge section, which is great for large groups. We ordered drinks and some appies. Drinks were quite well-priced considering the amount of money we would have spent at BarNone.

Dislikes:
-The music was quite loud. Music wasn't really a good mix.
-The service did improve a little bit from last time. My server did not smile much and carried the "I don't want to serve you" look across her face. I really found this annoying because she was really smiley and friendly to another table near us (friends maybe?), but it made me feel like we didn't deserve good service from her.
-There was a fellow who had obviously had too much to drink and kept lingering at our table grunting and staring. Really awkward. I was surprised that they still served him drinks, he had a newly poured cocktail in his hands that he nearly dropped. However the female bartender did respect our table and pulled him away from us.
-Washrooms were reported as small and "gross".

Overall, nice improvement to the place. Great place to go for the bevies.

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East Passion Bistro & Lounge630 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Food and ambiance do not match
Submitted Tuesday, April 8, 2008 - 5:04pm [Dine in]

As excited as I was to try out East Passion, I was also very worried. Having had a less than good food experience at Shota shortly before, I was worried to see that EP was more or less the same kind of restaurant.

Unfortunately, I was right. The restaurant is absolutely gorgeous, especially with the traditional chinese antique furniture and other furnishings. The HSBC entrance and the hallway to the washrooms really makes one feel like they've actually time travelled back to old China. I guess they incorporated the fusion part with dishes also, using english china tea cups and high-tea 3-tier trays.

However, I did not like the tacky rose wallpaper and the hologram art. Mostly, I did not like the huge flat screen LCD in the back eating area. Also I found it weird that this chinese restaurant only had 1 asian server so eventhough it was a fusion restaurant, I couldn't tell if they were leaning more towards east or west.

The food girlfriend K and I ordered was okay, but some complaints from others in our party like cold lamb shanks and rock-hard "soft baked buns". We also thought it was pretty expensive. Between the two of us, we had 4 cocktails (special at $7), 2 cups of soup, and 3 appies costed $80.

On a good note, service was really good. However, I can't see this restaurant lasting, especially with its location.

I really think it should be a new rule that Chinese "fusion" restaurants just don't work. If you're going to invest that much money in the decor, make sure you invest equally in the food.

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Fets Whisky Kitchen1230 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Actually had a good time
Submitted Tuesday, April 8, 2008 - 4:27pm [Dine in]

I must have caught them on a good day, because my experience was pretty good - unlike the other reviewers.
We arrived on a Saturday afternoon around 1pm in the half-empty restaurant and had a good pick of seats.

I ordered the Full House, which is the regular breakfast fare sans the meat. The bf ordered the special - breakfast enchilada and an order of their "Huge" blueberry pancakes.

Pancakes were good - not as light and fluffy as some I've had before, but still good. The enchilada was reported as yummy tasting, but needed more sauce. My breakfast was okay. The hashbrown potatoes were delicious as was the marbled rye, but my eggs were cooked in a pool of oil. I wasn't expecting awesome, but all the grease kind of turned off from finishing it. At least the grease was clear and not brown from using old oil.

The meal was an okay deal at $30 for 3 dishes and 2 coffees. The Full House breakfast was worth it at $6 for a heaping portion.

Service was really really good. I wasn't expecting based on some reviews from here. I didn't catch our server's name, but she really was excellent.

I'd return next time, but maybe not before trying some other options on the drive first.

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The4510 Still Creek Avenue, Burnaby
Great location
Submitted Tuesday, April 8, 2008 - 3:08pm [Dine in]

I'd still prefer this location over the downtown ones. After moving just a few shuffles over, I thought they would have done up a much better parking lot, as the old building had horrible parking situation. Unfortunately, parking is still a pain since the lot fills up very quickly, even for this location which is not near anything else.

Went for drinks and appies, so we sat at the bar area. Think cigar room - dark, cozy, leather and wood. Really nice.

The food was okay. I ordered chicken tenders which came with a really weird curry sauce - different.

My only real irk about this location was the washrooms. As beautiful as they were (the hallway leading there looked like a nice hotel elevator lobby), seeing TP-filled toilets is a real eye-sore and a turn off. They either need to fix the flush or not use such thick TP? Only 1 stall did not have this problem.

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Cobre52 Powell Street, Vancouver
Up and coming part of town!
Submitted Monday, March 31, 2008 - 4:59pm [Dine in]

A friend has always told me to go and try Cobre because I would not be disappointed. He was right! From the moment I walked in, I knew this restaurant (as well as the rest of new Gastown) will be successful. Cobre is gorgeous.
When I asked for my table, I thought, "Wow, this place is really small". That was until I was guided to the second floor. I love the open kitchen concept, but you do get a better view of it from upstairs. You can see everything from meal preparation, to dishwashing, to empanada stuffing.

We shared 4 plates between the 4 of us:
-Eggplant chevre empanada: good crust, but filling was a little bland.
-Whitefish Taco: yummy, perfect crisp with nice contrasting pickled greens
-Shortribs: good, especially the yam chips, but a little too sweet
-Sablefish: Delicious and perfect flavor

The service was spectacular! We were so caught up in our conversation that the server had to come up multiple times to ask for our orders, but she never once looked frustrated and was very gracious about it. The tacos came with three, and since there were 4 of us, she asked the chef to add another one in so we each got one. Waters were refilled throughout the dinner. A+ service.

We split the bill between us 4 - I paid $31 including tip. A little expensive for the amount of food, but it was worth it.

This place is great for small groups as the noise can make it difficult to hear conversations of larger groups. The only thing I did not llike, however, was the placement of tables. Very awkward when you're rubbing shoulders with strangers sitting beside you.

As another reviewer mentioned, they had a separate sheet with Latino lingo in fine print. It's a lot to take in, so my advice would be to study the menu and lingo online before going.

Would definitely return to try their papusas and their Chilean Chupe.

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BJ Bakery7604 Royal Oak Avenue, Burnaby
mmm...the sweets...
Submitted Friday, March 28, 2008 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

BJ bakery (not the best name!), is a tiny little bakery in a 4-shop strip mall on Royal Oak and Rumble - very easy to miss.

I really like the baked goods here. Especially the European cheesecake and the apple cake (which is more like a combination of a cake and a pie). All their desserts are $2.75 for a good-sized piece and they all look fresh and delicious.

Their sandwiches are about $6 and they're satisfyingly large! They also bake their own breads and make their owns preserves/jams!

I'd recommend going to this place instead of Subway across the street. Only downside? They close at 5pm daily, I think.

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Stepping Stones Bakery5679 Main St., Vancouver
The enticing smell of fresh baked goods
Submitted Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 11:03am [Dine in]

You walk in, and the smell of freshly baked goods almost lifts you off your feet. I stopped in at 7:30am yesterday morning hoping to get a taste of the croissants that the previous reviewer was raving about, unfortunately, they had just opened and croissants were not yet available. :(

Luckily for me, they had some delicious-looking scones ready as well as muffins fresh out the oven (still in muffin baking trays). I grabbed a cheese scone and a blueberry bran muffin. At only $1.55 a piece, the prices are really great considering the size of these babies! The muffin was the size of a good grapefruit as was the scone.

I had the muffin for breakfast and the scone later on in the day. The muffin was just the right sweetness, which was not too. The blueberries were the sweet part, which is the way it should be. With some butter smeared on, it is the perfect combination of sweet and savoury. The scone was super tasty as well. Still very moist and not dry and crumbly.

The service was great (especially so early in the morning)! I will definitely stop in more often in the morning before work. They even serve lattes and espressos.

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Golden Phoenix Chinese Seafood2425 Nanaimo, Vancouver
Yum yum dim sum
Submitted Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

I cannot vouch for dinner here, but the dim sum is yummy and fresh. They have a combination of push-cart items as well as items brought out by trays. It's a really small restaurant, which explains why only 1-2 push-carts fit at a time.

I found their dim sum items are tastier than most at the same price range. Dishes start at $2.75.

Looking from the outside, you wouldn't expect much of an ambiance, but once you're inside, it's surprisingly pleasing to the eye. They have nice tablecloths and even have chair covers!

This restaurant is beside Bon's and Trocadero's, so parking is a real pain to find. You basically have to circle around patiently a few times in hopes that someone is leaving.

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Burrito Del Rey4140 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Great service
Submitted Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 12:19pm [Dine in]

I was really sad to see La Salza go, but equally glad to see another Mexican restaurant replacing it. Vancouver really does lack good Mexican eateries.
Upon entering BDR, you would think "restaurant", however, it is very casual and almost fast food. They just opened, so you can see that they are still working out some kinks:
-eating area is very cold with just a thermal stand heater in the center
-no real cashier station, just a cart table with utensils and a cash register
-currently it's just cash only, but it seems as though they will soon be getting debit/credit?
-Meals are served on styrofoam plates

In spite of these kinks, BDR has much potential. They offer really quick meals and a very afforable price. Nothing on their simple, but satisfying menu is over $8. My tamale platter was only $5.95 and came with a nice sized chicken tamale, rice, beans, salad, and (good) salsa.

As any good family run business, their service is very friendly. Sylvia asked me for my name after telling me she remembered me from the last time I visited.
Another really good thing I noticed (that is sadly lacking in a lot of eateries these days) is that she washes her hands EVERYTIME after handling cash or food.

Although it's not a restaurant type place, I would definitely recommend BDR for friendly service and quick, but good eats.

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Extreme Pita4196 Dawson Street, Burnaby
Pros and Cons
Submitted Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 12:35am [Dine in]

This location just opened up a few months ago and it's a shame that it's so close to Pita Pit. Unfortunately, if there was a pita-off, The Pit would win hands down. Better value, better roll-up, but EP would win on is location and staff friendlyness.

Likes:
- I like how you can choose between 2 sizes - small and regular.
- I like how they use different side of grill for vegetarian orders.
- I like that they offer flat-bread pizza.
- There store is fresh and clean.

Dislikes:
- The roll-up process - they roll up the pita with the wrapper, so when you're upwrapping the pita (using the perforated wrap), your pita basically unravels with it. The "smart" wrap really makes it more difficult to eat.
- Pita Pit gives you more for your money. They literally will stuff your pita to the point where it's almost exploding and reaches about 3 lbs.

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