Saturday, January 31, 2015

Grand Opening - Vertskebap in Preston Hollow Village

Saw an article yesterday about a grand opening of a "new" restaurant called Vertskebap. I found out that it's new to the area but there are a few locations already in Dallas/Fort Worth locale. It seems to have started in Austin and has expanded across the state.

The article said that the restaurant would be giving one free entree per patron from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. I've never heard of the restaurant or what they serve but you give me something, something real like this not a sample, and I'll try it...within reason of course like drive time, waiting in line time, etc.

During my searching mentioned in the first paragraph, I looked to see what the food offerings were. They sounded tasty enough and the drive was about ten minutes from my homestead. I mentioned the freebie offering to my kids and the oldest was cool with it but the youngest already had plans. I ended up taking two friends of my oldest. Why not? I wasn't paying!

The restaurant is located at Walnut Hill and Central Expressway/US75. It's been a while since I've been near this location and it has changed quite a bit. They've got a whole little shopping center there now with a Trader Joe's, Blue Sushi Grill (or something like that), another small market/grocery place and a few others I don't remember or are coming soon. Quite a change from the apartment complexe and hotel that used to occupy that corner years ago.

So, we did our customary slo-mo drive by to see how busy the place was. Through the windows, the line looked long but not too long. We decided to at least walk in to check the wait.

The line wasn't too bad so we got through fairly quickly. Again, not knowing about this restaurant or how it works we just went with the flow. Turns out the flow is just like a Chipotle, Qdoba or even a Subway. You pick one of their items from the menu (or you can build as you go) and you move down the assembly line until you get to the end where they wrap your sandwich or wrap and you get a drink or not and pay.

I ordered The Texan with beef & lamb which is described by the menu as: Beef&Lamb or Chicken, Spring Mix, Tomato, Cucumber, Corn, Onion, Jalapeño, Spicy Red Sauce. My oldest got The Verts Original with chicken and the friends got something but I didn't ask what. The line movie fairly fast. Again, the options are a panini-like sandwich, wrap or salad. The salads that other people ordered looked tasty and the wraps looked just like a burrito. Maybe if I go back, I'll try one of those. Watching how they prepared my sandwich along the line, it looked like eating was going to be messy but I wouldn't know for sure until I got it home. It also made me wonder if it would be like most burritos or pita-like sandwiches where the ingredients don't necessarily mix or stay together. Instead there are layers of items that one can't eat all or mostly together.

By the time I got home, The Texas was a little softer than it probably would have been if I ate it right after buying it. Letting that slide, I think it was pretty good. I wouldn't say I have to go back because it was so good but it was definitely worth free. I wouldn't say I won't go back if I had a craving for a meal like it or if someone asked me to come along. I just don't think it won me over to eat there again and again. Now, I will probably try it a couple of more times just to taste other items but after that, if those don't really WOW me then I won't return again...not because the food was bad but it's just not one of the foods I crave now and then.

While they last, articles can be found here and here.