Photo by Angelina Aragon
When Pita Jungle opened its maiden Tempe location in 1994, co-owner Bassel Osmani noticed that his customers ordered simple dishes like brown rice with vegetables and then smothered the bowl with Sriracha sauce. Accordingly, Osmani visited international food stores to buy hot sauces for his patrons, but as the business grew, he couldn’t keep up with the demand. Never losing sight of his customers’ love of sassy condiments, Osmani and company recently paired up with a local manufacturer to produce three varieties of sriracha: Red, Ghost and Green ($5.99 each) – all nondairy, vegan, non-GMO and gluten-free with natural ingredients. “We wanted something that married well with our menu, which is a global interpretation of the Mediterranean diet,” Osmani says. The Ghost Sriracha made its way into the lineup after Osmani’s kids started consuming spicy ghost tortilla chips and he recognized that Gen Z kids are fans of fiery fare. “If you like heat and you feel that normal [red] sriracha is kind of mild, ghost is your go-to sauce.” The green Sriracha, loaded with jalapeños and spiked with lime juice, has proved to be the most popular of the three, Osmani says. “Green chile in the Sonoran Southwest just felt like a perfect match. And it’s good with everything.” All three sauces are available as tableside condiments and can be purchased at any Pita Jungle location.
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