Saturday, June 6, 2015

VertsKebap ~ Southlake, Texas

VertsKebap is a new chain from Austin, that opened in NE Tarrant for the first time in 2015. They claim to be born in Bursa (Turkey). Perfected in Berlin (hence the name). And jalapeno'd in Austin (lol).

Food: A new twist on the more familiar kebab concept. Combining the Chipotle styled assembly line for creating your sandwich/wrap/salad, with the rotating skewers of meat, Vertskebap has tapped into a winning formula. All over Europe, enticing rotisseries of meat are on every corner it seems. And sadly absent from our own culture's daily cuisine. Until now that is. I had the Kebap, which is a Turkish flatbread (known locally as Pide), grilled to crispness and then opened up to place in the ingredients. I went traditional with the beef/lamb combo (generally known as gyro meat), and added veggies, feta cheese, and the Spicy Red sauce. Mrs RJG had the Verts Original with chicken. Mine was excellent, perhaps the only demerit would be that the meat wasn't as flavorful as I would have expected. However, Mrs. RJG let me have some of her chicken, and it was indeed much better. Next time I will have the same thing, but with chicken, and I will try the Hot Sauce which we presume will be hotter than even the Spicy Red. A regular sandwich is more than filling. We also had a side of fries which were thin and crisp. Just the way we like them.

Drink: A pleasant surprise as they have local craft beers on tap! And not lame ones either. The Southlake location on this visit had Deep Ellum IPA, Live Oak Hefeweizen (from Austin), and Peticolas Golden Opportunity. The latter two are not sold in cans or bottles, so tap is the only way you can try them. I had the Golden Opportunity, which proved to be the perfect thirst quencher. They even have happy hour on Tuesday nights starting at 5. They also feature Cuvee iced coffee.

Location: In a brand new strip center just in front of the Sprouts on the NW corner of Southlake Blvd and Davis. Has the now familiar industrial look. Counter/Assembly Line service. Plenty of places to sit, but not much room for the line to form. Very friendly service on this visit.

Notes: As mentioned in the prelude, VertsKebap is a fast growing chain out of Austin, with locations also within the Houston and San Antonio environs. Plus Lewisville and Addison here in DFW.

Rating: 4.0

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