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The 18 Best St. Louis Restaurants When You’ve Got $20 or Less

(source: Riverfront Times)

If your idea of pita is the Middle Eastern flatbread used for holding shawarma or dipping into hummus, J's Pitaria will shatter your preconceptions. Out of this tiny Bevo Mill neighborhood storefront, owner Zamir Jahic serves up outstanding Bosnian-style stuffed and rolled pitas that have more in common with baklava than flatbread.

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A Food Lover's Guide to the Bosnian Delights of Bevo Mill

(source: Riverfront Times)

If you stand at the crisscrossed intersection of Gravois and Morganford in St. Louis' Bevo Mill neighborhood, however, you might think you've been taken under the Sebilj's spell without ever having set foot in Bosnia and Herzegovina. To your right, burgundy-colored awnings advertise restaurants and cafes where English is often the second language. To your left, under the shadow of the giant windmill that gives the neighborhood its name, a pitaria churns out authentic, cheese-filled Bosnian pitas right next door to a grocery store stocked with everything from ajvar to Argeta. Men and women smoking cigarettes and speaking Bosnian stand on its front doormat, greeting neighbors as they walk inside to grab the latest Eastern-European tabloid.

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Ian Froeb's STL 100: The 100 Best Restaurants in St. Louis

(source: Ian Froeb's STL 100)

Bosnian stuffed, rolled pita is the heart of the menu at Josi and Zamir Jahic’s small, bright, fast-casual restaurant just southwest of the iconic windmill in Bevo Mill.

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Extreme Comfort Food, Mediterranean Style, at J’s Pitaria

(source: St. Louis Magazine)

Picture a savory pastry, hot and flaky, stuffed with spinach and cheese, or with a creamy mixture of cheeses. Imagine the same pastry wrapped around potatoes and onions, or filled with tender beef. Now switch to the sweet side, and visualize the browned dough wrapped around tender apples.

These delicacies, traditional pitas served in every Mediterranean country, landed in St. Louis two weeks ago at J’s Pitaria. “We added another sweet pita with Nutella

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J's Pitaria Offers Bosnian Classics, Made with Skill

(source: Riverfront Times)

In 1989, Zamir Jahic occupied the top floor of a building on the corner of Gravois and Morganford, a new kid in town from Bosnia via Norway. Like many Bosnians who moved to St. Louis at that time, fleeing the war that divided the former Yugoslavia, Jahic created a life for himself in the shadow of the Bevo Mill. He opened a nightclub, ran a coffee shop, became a U.S. citizen and met his wife, eventually leaving behind the neighborhood and the twirling windmill that had greeted him every morning outside his apartment window.

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J's Pitaria to Open in Bevo Mill Neighborhood

(source: St. Louis Magazine)

Josi and Zamir Jahic are opening a restaurant, J’s Pitaria (5003 Gravois), serving traditional Bosnian food in the Bevo Mill neighborhood—an area with a significant Bosnian immigrant population—but they hope their main dish, pita, attracts a wider clientele.

In fact, Josi says she spent time searching online for the average age and salary of residents in that part of south St. Louis and determined that the restaurant could attract “people who eat most of their meals out,” she says.

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J’s Pitaria Now Open in Bevo Mill, Serving Stuffed Pita, Doner Kebabs and More

(source: Feast Magazine)

Just a stone’s throw away from the recently opened Das Bevo, another new restaurant makes its debut in the Bevo Mill neighborhood. J’s Pitaria opened on May 27, featuring its namesake savory and sweet filled pastries, doner kebabs and more. The concept comes from husband-and-wife duo Zamir and Josi Jahic.

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Review: J's Pitaria in Bevo Mill

(source: Sauce Magazine)

J’s Pitaria in the Bevo Mill neighborhood is one of a handful of Bosnian restaurants that emerged on the scene last year. St. Louis is home to a large Bosnian population, and many of us are long overdue on getting hip to the country’s culinary delights, which offer an enticing combination of West and East. J’s is delightfully decorated with a light, bright touch. The food magically balances fast-food speediness (and price!) with fresh, homemade flavor, making it an ideal lunch spot.

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Brown and Crouppen: J's Pitaria

(source: KMOV)

Ed Herman with Brown and Crouppen and Matt Chambers heads out to South County to try J's Pitaria.

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