The setup is line an assembly line, like at a Subway sandwich place or at a Sweet Green or Chopt salad place.
There are several “layers” —
First you choose a base—rice bowl, lettuce, flatbread wrap, or pita pocket
Then you choose from several different meat options or falafel
Then you choose from a few dozen vegetable options like tabbouleh, couscous, hummus, etc.
Then you choose from about a half dozen sauces, like tzatziki, tahini, etc.
I wasn’t impressed with either of those places. I found them generally bland and the meat especially to be tasteless.
I wondered if anyone else has encountered this style of restaurant and what their experiences were and a few other questions like —
Is there a specific origin for this style of cuisine, like Greek or Lebanese or is it sort of a generic eastern Mediterranean style?
Does the assembly line form come from any specific origin or is it just an American thing based on Subway-style restaurants?
Who started this American trend and where?
Is there anyone here who likes this style, either the chains I’ve encountered or some other place? What makes it good or bad? What are in your opinion good examples of this kind of restaurant?
Is this popular because it’s perceived as being healthy?