A Sandwich a Day: Roast Chicken Pita at Nick's Pit Stop
Somehow I managed to live in Bucktown for a year without ever setting foot in Nick's Pit Stop. This is even though I promised to eventually make my way in every time I walked by. Five years later, and I finally decided to see what I had been missing. Two words: grilled chicken. Like Chicken Planet in the Loop, Nick's has an enormous gas grill up front, and at any one time, a dozen birds are sizzling over the fire. Seems like most people get the chicken cut up into pieces with a side or two, but the shop does have one sandwich buried on its menu.
The Chicken Pita Sandwich ($4.99) is exactly what it sounds like. Chopped chicken is heaped into a pita and topped with lettuce, tomato, and tzatziki. Normally this would make for one of the most boring sandwiches known to man, but three things save the day. First, the chicken is juicy, not dry (makes sense Nick's would know how to cook chicken). Second, the pita is warm and soft, not dry and stiff. Third, the sandwich comes with some surprisingly potent salsa on the side. Use it. Spicy and acidic, the salsa helps to enliven this straightforward and well executed sandwich.