Need a lunch for under five bucks? Here it is, in the economically depressed area between Country Day and Mira Vista. On Bellaire, across from Country Day is a small shopping center. In the back, an affordable little jewel sits, and it has caught my heart.
To start off, a lot of people have asked me if there are places to eat for under five bucks. Yes, there are two places. Go to Pak a Pocket. Or I will sell you a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for $4.25. Plus tax. Why are there so few options? Because restauranteurs know that you'll gladly pay eight bucks to enjoy a hot flavorful meal instead of your sandwich you made that morning while still groggy, that may have bottled tomato sauce on it instead of jelly. I'm the most guilty about this. I will spend hundreds at the grocery store to buy great lunch ingredients. I will make a delicious lunch with all sorts of unique parts. I will put it in the fridge at work and I will promptly forget about it when somebody mentions Carshon's. Now I have a new affordable place that will allow me to continue paying my mortgage.
Pak a Pocket was recommended to me when I was admiring a gyro. Gyro is pronounced "guy-roo" and its a pita filled with lamb (beef), tahini, spices, tomato and onions. It was created in Athens when Zeus demanded a food he could carry up Mount Olympus with him since he only had one hand (the other, obviously, was carrying his thunder bolts). I had the Zeus to go special, but before I get there, you need more information about the place.
This place has taken Zeus' mission to heart and serves everything in a pita pocket. They have typical sandwich fillers to put in the pita, taco stuff, greek stuff and even a vegetarian option. I said above that this place caught my heart. The reason is that the vegetarian option is fried. Brilliant. I could be vegetarian with that type of modification. Veggies and Meaties can travel like Zeus now.
The gyro was filled with all the stuff I mentioned above and was different than most others I have had. At Jazz Cafe, the gyro is served with a yogurt/cucumber sauce on the side. At Pak a Pocket, the meat was covered in a tahini sauce with large slices of bright red tomatoes and filled with a delicious blend of spices. The pita was soft and warm and the insides were delicious. Plus, it was $4.something for the pita. For less than five dollars you could have a water and a pita and enjoy a fairly large meal.
They have combo meals and specials on certain days that make some things cheaper. They also have a menu you can take with you so that you can get all excited about it at your desk (or mountain top).
If you've been and had something other than the guy-roo let me know if it was good. If you haven't been, take your chances but watch out for the Country Day kids....
The internets lie and say this is in Benbrook at 5512 Bellaire, but its really in Fort Worth (don't correct me - I don't take it well) at the corner of Bellaire and Bryant Irvin, across from Country Day and behind the car wash.