Happy Hour

Pita Jungle: Happy Hour Report Card

The Spot: Pita Jungle (one of ten locations across the Valley), 4340 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-955-7482 http://www.pitajungle.com/

The Hours: Monday through Friday, from 3 to 5:30 pm. Reverse happy hour is every day of the week from 9 pm to close.

The Details: Domestic bottled beers for $2, import bottles for $3, and chardonnay or cabernet by the glass for $3. Fifteen different small bites appetizers ranging from hummus to steamed mussels, most of which are $1 or $2.

(the happy hour break down after the jump)

The Interior: Pita Jungle has a bright, open air layout with a chic, urban feel. Interesting art decorates the dining area and helps keep a wandering eye entertained. A variety of tables and booth seating are available to seat any sized group.

The Cost: Can't beat the price! Four small plate appetizers and two glasses of wine were ten dollars before tax and tip.

The Conclusion: There is absolutely no beating the happy hour prices for Pita Jungle's Mediterranean fare. In addition to being scrumptious, everything on the happy hour menu is between one and three dollars.

The dips are perfect for sharing, with babaghanoush, tzatziki, garlic dip and a hummus trio (traditional, roasted red bell pepper and jalapeno cilantro) for a dollar apiece. Each comes with a hefty pile of pita bread for dipping. Proteins on the menu are a bit smaller and better suited to one person's nibbling, but there's plenty of variety with pan-seared scallops ($3), sautéed shrimp ($2), mussels in white wine broth ($2), and garlic lemon chicken ($2).

There's no reason to leave the vegetarians at home either; this is Pita Jungle, after all. In addition to the dips a couple dollars can score you garlicky sautéed mushrooms ($2), salty gourmet olives ($1), fresh mozzarella with tomatoes ($1), dolmades ($2), and falafel ($1) aplenty.

A few dollars can truly buy a feast of hummus-y goodness.

The boozy options to wash down all this salty goodness were a bit limited, with bottled beer and two types of wine. At least the house cabernet and chardonnay ($3) were a generous pour, and of high quality considering the low price.

Pita Jungle would have an unbeatable happy hour line-up if, you know, they offered their deals during happy hour. The 3 to 5:30 "happy hour" probably won't find a strong following among those nine-to-five office drones, but they do offer up their deals again to sate the night owl's cravings after 9 pm.

Overall Grade: B

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