100 Favorite Dishes: Hummus at Pita Loca

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Lee Klein
Such a nosh!
As a countdown to New Times' "Best of Miami" 2010, Short Order is serving up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305. Send your nominations to cafe@miaminewtimes.com.

38. Hummus at Pita Loca

Hummus has been around for thousands of years, but not the hummus at Pita Loca. In fact, what we like most about the Pita's chick pea mash is just how fresh it always is. And uncomplicated, too -- no overpowering notes of garlic or lemon. Sort of a pure garbanzo pleasure emerges, smooth as velvet, with a heart of tahini and olive oil. The plate you see here is just $4.99, and the pita bread that comes with it is so plush and warmly grilled that it tastes as though just baked. Good luck finding a better nosh on South Beach for five bucks.

Pita Loca
601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
305-673-3388


Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

100. Warm Buffala Mozzarella With Clay-Baked Roma Tomatoes and Eggplant at Timo
99. Butter Sweet Potato Pecan Cheesecake at the Mahogany Grille
98. Jerk Penne Pasta at Ortanique on the Mile
97. Herb-Basted Chicken Potpie at Gables Diner
96. Calzone Brooklynese at Pizza Volante
95. Deep-Fried Frogs' Legs at Coopertown Airboats in the Florida Everglades
94. Caramelized Onion Quiche at La Provence
93. Huevo Frito con Patatas, Jamón y Setas at Solea
92. Side of Bone Marrow Served With Steak at BLT Steak in the Betsy Hotel, South Beach
91. Swordfish at the Oceanaire Seafood Room
90. Twice-baked upside-down Gruyère cheese soufflé at Pascal's On Ponce
89. BBQ Shrimp at Red Light Little River
88. Thai Spring Rolls at the Asian Cultural Festival at Fruit and Spice Park
87. Sunday Fish Fry at the Shantel Lounge
86. Old Dirty Dawg at gastroPod Miami
85. Vegan Ding Dong at Lido at the Standard
84. Mahi-Mahi Tacos at Fish Shack & Market
83. Moroccan Spicy Chicken Sandwich at Elie's Café
82. Spicy Tuna Rock at Asia Bay
81. Lechón Asado at El Palacio de los Jugos
80. Grilled Octopus at Mandolin Aegean Bistro
79. Blue Cheese and Jamon Croquetas at Michy's
78. A Frita, Cuban Hamburger at El Mago de las Fritas
77. Strawberry Shake and Cinnamon Bun at Knaus Berry Farm
76. Chocolate Soup at Charlotte Bistro
75. Corn on the Cob at Shorty's
74. Dim Sum Barbecue Platter at Hakkasan
73. Quadretti con Portobello Olio Tartufato at Spiga
72. Homemade Pasta at Joey's Italian Cafe in Wynwood
71. Tuna Ceviche at OLA
70. Bento Box at NAOE
69. Churros at Sra. Martinez
68. Organic Microgreen Salad at Paradise Farms
67. Warbat from Middle East Best Food
66. Fried Chicken at Magnum Lounge
65. Goat Cheese Burger at Oneburger
64. Chicken Spinach Panini at Lemoni Cafe
63. Spaghetti at Scarpetta
62. Praline Bread Pudding at Morgans
61. Almond Croissant at Buena Vista Deli
60. Steak Empanada at La Estancia Argentina
59. Bacon Guacamole at El Scorpion
58. Omakase, Chef's Choice at Sushi Deli
57. Baja Chicken Enchilada Soup at Lost & Found Saloon
56. Chicken Paillard at Quattro
55. Heirloom Tomato alá Liquid Nitrogen at Dilido Beach Club
54. Pork Buns at Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
53. The Memphis Piggie at Bar-B-Que Beach
52. Chopped Salad at The Forge 
51. Pan Con Bistec at Enriqueta's Sandwich Shop
50. Lobster Ravioli at Calamari
49. Passion Fruit Panna Cotta at Bourbon Steak
48. Spicy Tuna Roll at Shoji Sushi

47. Bang Bang Shrimp at A Fish Called Avalon
46. Meatballs at Macaluso's
45. Goat Cheese Salad at Books & Books
44. Tacos al Carnitas Michoacan at Con Sabor a Mexico
43. Pan-Seared Sheepshead Fish Over Farro at Altamare
42. Deep-Fried Biscuit at the Pit Bar-B-Que
41. Joe's Stone Crab Claws
40. Fried Fish Sandwich at Alabama Jack's
39.Rotisserie Chicken at Pardo's


Location Info

Pita Loca

601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

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