Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill: Hail fellow, well-Med!

Categories: The Dish

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J. Wohletz
The portobello mushroom plate with extra grilled eggplant at Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill.
Colorado is the birthplace of a number of popular chains, including Noodles & Company, Smashburger and that golden child, Chipotle Mexican Grill; we're definitely ahead of the curve when it comes to the growing fast-casual movement.

And also when it comes to the growing group of fast-casual chains that emphasize healthy eating. Chains like Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, for example.


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J. Wohletz
Pita bread can't get any fresher than this.
The fast-casual, or "fast-caz," trend in this country is on the rise, with diners craving freshly prepared dishes with a lean calorie count that are reasonably priced -- and available when they want them. These demands used to add up to a tall order, but thanks to the ingenuity of outside-the greasy-box entrepreneurs like Garbanzo founder Alon Mor, today customers really can get everything they want. In Denver, at least.

While Laura Shunk was on vacation last week, I went out on a special Jenn in Chains assignment to learn how Mor turned his tahini dreams into delicious babaganoush for the masses, building a chain of restaurants that focuses on serving healthy, fresh, fast-casual Middle Eastern food.

How did he do it? Find out tomorrow, when my piece is published here.


Location Info

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill

630 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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9 comments
RockyMountainOyster
RockyMountainOyster

Love Garbanzo! I always get the beef shwarma plate. Ridiculously cheap and delicious. 

monopod
monopod

Garbanzo (in Boulder) is good, but it pales in comparison to Pickled Lemon (on the Hill), which is a similar concept but more flavorful and tastier all around.  Definitely worth a try if you're near the Hill and jonesing for Mediterranean food.

davebarnes
davebarnes

Garbanzo has excellent QSR food.I am a meat-eater who leaves Garbanzo feeling well fed without consuming any meat (as their meat options are not very good).

Jeff
Jeff

The enormous Quizno's chain started in Denver too.  The store at 15th and Grant is the original.

Bagwhan
Bagwhan

I agree with monopod; I ate Garbanzo's just a few days ago and said the same thing, that it was good but not nearly as good as the Pickled Lemon.  Alas, I was nowhere near the Hill at the time so Garbanzo's had to suffice.

Jenn Loves Beans
Jenn Loves Beans

 @davebarnes:disqus : I would like piles of steaming lamb meat myself, but I get why they don't have that--the babaganoush makes up for it.

Jenn Loves Beans
Jenn Loves Beans

 @Jeff: I know, I just try to forget Quizno's because their food is lousy.

GFTW
GFTW

True that. Was Westword born in Colorado too?? What about Wolowitz? I bet she's Canadian.

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