APOLLO BEACH There's some good news for South Shore food lovers with the recent opening of Pita Kebob, a new Mediterranean restaurant in the Plaza Place Shoppes.
Owner Khalid Abouelhouda is proud to bring something entirely new to the community.
"Our food has specialty tastes that bring you to different places of the world," said Abouelhouda, 42. "We want our customers to experience foods they have never tried before and some familiar items, as well."
The fire-roasted eggplant, lamb and shish kebobs are among his favorite items. With a wide array of appetizers starting as low as $1.75, and a kids' menu, there is certainly something for everyone. The eatery also has a variety of salads, spinach and meat pies, and its signature pita sandwiches.
The native Moroccan is one of five siblings who grew UP with the Mediterranean Sea as his backyard. Having a close-knit family and the strong influence of European culture, he learned to appreciate customs, superb food and the importance of having a meal together.
At age 20 he brought those experiences with him to New York to obtain undergraduate and graduate degrees in elementary education at Hunter College. Over the years he worked in numerous restaurants to support himself and taught in the public school system in New York City.
He moved to Tampa 16 months ago to begin pursuing his dream of opening a restaurant.
Pita Kebob, 243 Apollo Beach Blvd., is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Early bird specials are featured from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and catering is available.
For more information, visit www.pitakebob.com or call (813) 419-4926.