"...Three of them, side-by-side, roasting on vertical spikes is a truly imposing spectacle. That display serves immediate notice to all who enter Verts that this fast and casual meal is not made without attention to authenticity...."
"...Harkening back to its German roots, a newer addition to the family of Verts kebap shops got into the spirit Thursday evening with some Oktoberfest fun, including traditional music, Live Oak Oktoberfest beer, and, of course, dudes in lederhosen...."
"..."Our group consists of Alfonso Angelone [director of IT], Jay Wald [in charge of operations], Farrell Kubena, who oversees real estate and construction, and his wife, Rebecca Kubena, who takes care of finance and insurance." Rypka also says employee retention and promoting from within have been crucial elements to Torchy's progress. When asked about advice for potential culinary entrepreneurs, Rypka offers this encouragement: "Put a lot of effort into finding the right people and make sure to keep a local, non-corporate feel to things." Flying Direct: Verts Kebap's Path From Berlin to Austin..."
"...Look for the new breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot called Another Broken Egg Cafe (3016 Guadalupe), a Southern-based chain known for delicious, affordable breakfasts. Also on Guadalupe: two outlets of the homegrown Verts (Dobie Mall; 2530 Guadalupe) featuring Turkish-inspired döner kebap – a beef, chicken, or lamb wrap that's a popular street food in Germany..."
"...Swift's Attic (315 Congress) pastry chef Callie Speer has created a pink dessert, and Icenhauer's (83 Rainey) has the Hope ($10), a pink cocktail with chile-infused tequila and prickly pear puree... Tasty Verts Kebap has outgrown their tiny Smart Car food trucks and expanded to another brick-and-mortar location at 2438 W..."
"...When we visited Cafe 909 again two weeks later, the summer menu was in full swing, awash in sweet corn, haricots verts, English peas, figs, Hill Country peaches, and all manner of tomatoes. It's entirely possible to make a meal here from the appetizer list alone, and I immediately realized I hadn't brought enough dining assistants to try everything that piqued my interest..."
"...If you are lucky enough to dine at the Aquarelle of the first order, prepare to be richly rewarded with delicacies such as home-cured buttery gravlax, sliced paper thin and gently enfolding a lemony cake of minted semolina couscous ($9). Or that gravlax may be served beneath Aquarelle's baroque Gourmandise du Gastronome en Superposition ($13) -- a lofty, acrobatic salad consisting of baby field greens, haricots verts, artichokes, roasted tomatoes, and a satiny slice of foie gras...."
"...There are chains like P. Terry's and Verts, homegrown and redefining what fast casual can be..."
"...The Corner burger ($16) was fine, a reprise of the Burger Bar's Big Mouth burger topped with candied jalapeños, bacon, and a pungent bleu cheese. Among the entrées at our table that night, only my grouper dish ($24) was truly excellent – a modest portion of brioche-and-pecan breaded and pan-fried fish sitting atop a mound of velvety pureed potatoes and delicate haricots verts...."
"...Austin's not just a hotbed of talented independent chefs and artisan pitmasters, it's also proven to be a reliable incubator for homegrown restaurant chains. Outfits such as County Line Barbecue, Kerbey Lane Cafes, Chuy's, and Thundercloud Subs have impressive track records dating back to the Eighties, while some of the newer triumphs involve Torchy's Tacos, Verts Kebap, and P..."
"...Austin's own Cuvée Coffee has been promoting their Black & Blue cold brew in kegs for a few months now. Look for the lightly nitrogenated cold brew on tap at Bee Cave Coffee Co., all the metro-area Verts Kebap outlets, and at Whole Foods Markets, as well as retailers around the state..."
"...The new H-E-B, at 83,000 square feet not quite as large as its corporate neighbors at Hancock Center or Central Market, will share some of the features of both, with particular attention to organic food alternatives as well as an outdoor performance space. Among other businesses scheduled to move into the district are Twin Liquors, Xian Sushi, Verts (German kebaps), and a Subway franchise..."
"...On Highway 620 alone, Noble Pig has enjoyed enormous popularity, and a growing population of food trucks seem to be thriving. Locally owned Torchy's has staked its claim on the lunch crowds, with an adjacent, soon-to-open Verts hoping to follow suit, while Stuffed Cajun Meat Market and Vivo offer unique dinner options..."
"...The olives were the only things left when our entrées arrived. For lunch, I chose the salade Niçoise, a reasonable portion of superfresh, tender lettuces, haricots verts, a few fingerling potatoes, seared tuna, and two boiled egg halves garnished with a dollop of house-made mayonnaise..."
"...The big kid would dine on a singular menu of peanut butter and honey sandwiches given his druthers. My husband doesn't like anything green, although he'll choke down a serving of haricots verts to set a good example for the children..."
"...Bull came out to greet our table bearing a gift from the kitchen, a new item listed simply as mixed green salad. An artistic exercise in green, with meticulously arranged asparagus, haricots verts, fava beans, fresh pea sauce, fried ramps, and basil puree, the dish was simply divine...."
"...One fine example is the charcuterie plate ($14), hands down the most thoughtfully arranged and beautifully garnished that I have ever had. Of course, the homemade selections change often; on our last visit it included a spicy (if a bit salty) andouille, pork rillettes, and a terrine of pork and sweetbreads, served with two kinds of house-made mustards and an eye-pleasing arrangement of pickled radish, fennel, haricots verts, and mustard seeds..."
"...Meals here begin with a basket of house breads and a simple black olive tapenade. The hearty Salade Niçoise ($12) features a bed of crisp local greens and crunchy haricots verts dressed in a simple vinaigrette; topped with good-quality flaked tuna, anchovies, and briny Niçoise olives; and surrounded by slices of tomato and boiled egg..."
"...The tasty Milanesa a la Napolitana ($13.99), a breaded beef cutlet covered with homemade marinara sauce, ham, and melted mozzarella, is served with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and broccoli florets. Everyone agreed that the colorful gnocchi quartet ($12.99), in pumpkin-cinnamon, sweet-potato chipotle, cilantro-jalapeño, and potato-herb flavors, tossed with roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, haricots verts, butter sauce, and fresh Parmesan, was our favorite entrée..."