Josh Booth, Manager at St. Pitas, took time to chat about the heavenly good eats, its beginnings and specials!
Q: How does it feel to be the first and longest-standing food truck in San Marcos?
A: “I have been working here since we opened in July 2010. I use to work at the Leaning Pair, prior, so that’s kind of how I’ve been here since the very beginning. I know it’s more of the tri-county area but a lot of people call San Marcos the fastest growing city in the United States, so it feels pretty good. We started out not doing bad just being the first trailer. Each month is better than the previous. We really appreciate our customers - if it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be doing what we do.”
Q: How did you get started?
A: "Chef Matthew Buchanan, owner of Leaning Pear in Wimberley, Texas, and his wife Rachel Buchanan, are a real power team when it comes to building a whole package, the way its presented, the recipes, customer service and everything. We had done pita wraps, specials and stuff like that, so when the opportunity to be in this trailer came up, Matt seized it. All the recipes are pretty much all his ideas and his inspiration. Everything we make is from scratch so you’re getting more of an authentic-raw from-the-source product and it’s made fresh as soon as you order it. It’s a healthy alternative to most of what we have in San Marcos.”
Q: What is St. Pita's most popular dish?
A: “Our number one is The Classic, which is traditional beef and lamb kebab with romaine, tomato, cucumber, red onion and our signature sauce - Saintly Sauce. It’s an original recipe by Matt - I don’t think anyone would know how to re-make that. Its got a lot of different ingredients in it, so duplicating it wouldn’t be easy. That’s our best seller, but it’s also the only thing on the menu that has meat, while everything else is actually vegetarian. We can add different things that would be on another pita to another. Also, the holy avocado really picked up - it’s our second best seller. No one’s ever put fried avocado on pita bread, as far as I know, before we did.”
Q: How did The Hitch become St. Pita’s home?
A: “It was just an opportunity that came up and it seemed like a great project for Matt and Rachel. So we jumped on and made it happen. Almost every trailer in this park, the owners work in it. They are closely involved with their trailers. I think that really sets it apart and makes it something that people should support as opposed to a larger franchise or chain that’s not going to help their local economy as much."
Q: Does St. Pita's have any specials going on?
A: "We have the disciple card. When you buy 10 pitas you get one free. We punch it every time you buy one. But on Tuesday's we do a '2 punch Tuesday' and for every pita you buy you get two punches instead of one. For specials, we have one that we're planning on getting in really soon. It’s an Italian rice dish with mushrooms and onions cooked down into it with chicken stocks - so it’s real flavorful. We roll it in a ball and fry it, and put it on a pita with roasted poblano and mayo with jack cheese, tomatoes onions and lettuce.”
St Pita's is open Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Stop by and get a taste what everyone continually raves about!