Restaurant Review: VertsKebap

Local eatery offers Cedar Park delicious healthy option

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Kyle Geman

The famous Verts Döner Kebap. They cost $7.65.

by Kyle Gehman, Staff Writer

The restaurant VertsKebap started here in Austin with 294,912 available combinations, VertsKebap is spreading out around Texas and the Austin area. I give Verts 5 out of 5 stars.

In 2011 two Germans, Michael Heyne and Dominik Stein, studying business at University of Texas students wanted to create a restaurant for their favorite German street food, the döner kebap. Kebaps originated in Turkey and translates to “spinning roasted meat.” One of Europe’s favorite street food has arrived to Cedar Park.

The first three options are the kebap, a wrap and a salad. Inside one of the three there are beef-lamb meat, chicken and falafel. Then you can add any of the ten veggies and any of the five sauces made in the back. Then there are the side options of fries, sweet potato fries, falafel, chips and brownie.

I walked in and was greeted by a smiling employee and I ordered the famous beef-lamb kebap. They shaved the spinning spewer right in front of me and heated the pide bread on a press in front of me as well. The bottom of the kebap is filled with the delicious, juicy, Turkish spiced beef lamb meat that is put into layers of beef and lamb to combine the taste and roasted on the skewer. The sandwich is then passed down the counter to where customers choose either the house, garlic, vinaigrette, spicy red or hot sauce. The house is the original sauce they are known for so I chose that. Then they choose their fresh veggies. For me it was the iceberg lettuce, corn, onion, and feta cheese and then the house sauce again.

From the first bite, it was delicious. The warm pide bread combines with the cold veggies and sweet sauce perfectly. As I ate my way down the kebap I reached the juicy meat that gives it a great kick of spice and taste. The whole thing tastes so fresh and the sauce, veggies, meat and bread all combine perfectly together.

My order was a beef-lamb kebap, house sauce, onions, iceberg lettuce, corn and feta.

Kyle Gehman
My order was a beef-lamb kebap, house sauce, onions, iceberg lettuce, corn and feta. There are 294,912 combinations available.

The atmosphere of the restaurant is really inviting. They play upbeat music and the employees talk among each other and the customers and seem as if they enjoy their work. The inside is also really colorful and an urban kind of layout so customers don’t totally feel like they’re in some other restaurant like at McDonald’s. It is also really nice how customers can see everything that goes on. The huge skewers of meat being shaved, the bread being cooked, and everyone can see and pick the toppings right there.

VertsKebaps also is a healthy choice and original. The beef is 90% raised in Texas and is only bought from specific ranchers. The sauce is all made in the back with real yogurt, not mayonnaise or cream. The bread is also made in the back. The one downside is it is more expensive than other types of “fast-food” but it is worth the price for the fresh, delicious food. I give Verts 5 out of 5 stars.