Al Salam Pita
10141 34th Ave.

Rating: **** 1/2
Price range: Low to mid
Reservations: No
Licensed: Yes
Lunch with co-workers: Yes
Social lunch: Yes
Quick solo lunch: Yes

I used to treat myself to Pita the Great’s fresh-baked pita and chicken shawarma when I worked nearby, but I rarely zip down 34th Avenue these days.

Al Salam Pita had hung its sign in the Great’s place, but despite new management, the same warm Lebanese welcome greeted me.

The menu was familiar: shawarma, kafta and kebobs — oh my. As was the basket of fresh-baked, puffed pita that accompanied my platter of beef kafta skewers ($14.99).

I mowed through the fresh, oily fattoush salad and sampled a bit of the dark yellow rice… oh, who am I kidding? I devoured the chunks of dark, spiced ground beef on slivers of wood — dipped in hummus or yogurt — like it was my last meal.

I sipped a sweet strawberry-guava nectar ($2) after the kebabs were gone, crunching ultra-pickles and bits of cucumber with delight. I was sorely tempted by a small package of baklava but decided I had spoiled myself enough.

Why not spoil yourself, too?