Short Orders

Moroccan a la carte

By Natalie Southwick
Globe Correspondent / August 25, 2010

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Move over, Falafel King, there’s an upstart cart in town. In May, Moroccan restaurant South End Pita threw down the grape-leaf gauntlet and stationed a cart in Downtown Crossing to cater to the lunchtime crowd. The cart parks by Macy’s and serves almost everything from the restaurant’s menu except burgers and fries. Around noon, tourists and bankers line up for $5 chicken shawarma or kafta (spicy ground beef) roll-ups, salads with falafel and hummus, and homemade baklava. On weekends, the cart pops up in other locations, like the SoWa Open Market on Sundays and the upcoming Cambridge Carnival on Sept. 12. Falafel foodies would be advised to stop by soon; though the owners intend to keep the cart out as long as weather permits, Boston’s food cart season is all too short. South End Pita cart, Summer Street, Downtown Crossing, weekdays 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; South End Pita, 473 Albany St., Boston, 617-556-2600.