VERTS Kebap. Say what? If you donâ€™t know VERTS from its Austin or Houston locations, itâ€™s time you make an introduction. The first Dallas location opened in Addison on October 11.
Kebap is a popular (very popular) street food in Germany and other parts of Europe. Try it, and I think youâ€™ll agree itâ€™s going to catch on stateside. Food nerds will love it. Hereâ€™s why: 1) near-infinite customization; 2) relatively low-calorie counts (with most combinations coming in at 550 calories or less); 3) fantastic yogurt-based sauces you donâ€™t have to feel guilty about; and 4) um, delicious.
Start with a Turkish-style pide bread. Vegan and trans-fat free, the bread doesnâ€™t weigh down all the good stuff inside. Pick beef+lamb, chicken, veggie patties or falafel. Then start topping it with grilled and/or fresh vegetables and those fantastic sauces.
The grilled onions and mushrooms, mixed with parsley and spices, are so good. Theyâ€™re well worth the 75-cent upcharge for grilled vegetables and complement both the beef+lamb and chicken. I am guessing the grilled pepper mixture is similarly swoon+worthy.
Get creative with saucing. Suggested to us were the combinations, Garlic mixed with Spicy Red and the House mixed with Vinaigrette. Both worked really well.
Youâ€™ll create a tasty and filling meal that youâ€™ll feel good about. Youâ€™ll have loaded up on the huge selection of vegetables instead of a huge shot of calories.
And, if you want, skip the bread altogether and put all this good stuff on a salad. (A wrap, made with a tortilla, is also an option.)
Now, for the bonuses. And these are big bonuses.
â€¢ From-Austin treats: LovePuppies Brownies and Cuveeâ€™s Black and Blue Cold-Pressed Coffee (donâ€™t miss out on this stuff)
â€¢ Local beers from Deep Ellum Brewing and Peticolas Brewing â€“ these are half price on Tuesdays from 5 to 10 p.m.
â€¢ Vegetable patties that could make me rethink that whole meat thing
â€¢ And, friendly folks to guide you through this new culinary adventure
VERTS says you can create 294,912 combinations. So, despite having visited twice in as many days, Iâ€™m really just getting started. And, by the time you read this, the next two DFW locations (at 75/Walnut Hill, and in Lewsville near CostCo) may be open, making it convenient for you to get started too.
(Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary meal, and all thoughts are my own.)