Center City Philadelphia, PA - Want a lighter, fresher option for dining in the city? Then VERTS Mediterranean Grill is just what you are looking for. A zesty outlook and change from the mundane VERTS offers an array of tastes and options that will awaking your senses and treat your soul to something healthy.
News, Events and Updates: Leading fast-casual chain VERTS Mediterranean Grill announced that Michael Talese has joined the leadership team as Creative Director. Working out of VERTS' New York office, Talese will build and lead the VERTS design team.
This wonderfully modern place, just a stones throw from Philadelphia’s City Hall was our venue Thursday the 16th. Culinary Director Brent Mills enlightened us with his brilliance and vision. Founded in 2011 by Michael Heyne and Dominik Stein, two millennial MBA graduates from the University of Texas in Austin, VERTS was inspired by the traditional Mediterranean dishes the two missed from their native Europe.
“We’re thrilled to be opening in the vibrant community of Center City,” said Stein, Co-founder and Co-CEO of VERTS. “Philadelphia is a city with an expanding restaurant scene where its patrons truly appreciate culinary artistry. We look forward to bringing our culinary prowess and strengths to students, residents and professionals who live and work in the neighborhood.”
About VERTS: guests first select a base for their meal, with options including pita, salad, rice bowl or quinoa bowl. They then choose from four lean delicious proteins, including beef and lamb, chicken, turkey and mushroom meatballs, and house-made falafel. Next, they customize their meal by adding savory toppings like spiced chickpeas, pickled jalapenos, carrot slaw, marinated green olives and sumac onions. FInally they top off their entree with a mouth-watering sauce made from scratch (or two). Options include spicy cilantro, tzatziki, hot harissa, hummus and roasted red pepper.
We arrived at VERTS for a media event in March and were treated to a rose water and mandarin chalice garnished with a blood orange was the perfect way to prepare our minds for the experience.
Next, brighten your day with this effervescent cucumber & tomato selection infused with sumac onions ,herbs ,pita crunch and immersed with a herb vinaigrette and feta cheese that will spark you back to when you were a few years younger. Just some of the toppings available for your custom bowl.
Verts sauce selection was introduced with a perfectly textured falafel complemented with a Tzatziki Sauce base was extraordinary fulfilling and a must taste for the adventurous. Not awake yet? More sauces will do the trick. The spicy cilantro ,herb vinaigrette, hot harissa, and lets not forgot the spicy hot red pepper...and trust me you won’t. All will be excellent enhancements to whatever combination your heart desires.
"The butternut squash & grilled fennel enlightened with the spicy red pepper sauce over rice was peacefully satisfying."
"The braised pork (one of many Proteins Available) over cabbage slaw accompanied by an eggplant dip that was on point and heavenly."
Something a bit more hearty you ask? The beef and lamb have you covered with a pairing of spicy cilantro and pickled onion over a quinoa base that will satisfy your Philly serving. Longing for change from the norm? VERTS has you covered with tastes, aromas, textures, and visions that will make your day a splendid one. Give it a try and venture forth.
Location: 10th at 1601 Market Street.