I have to confess, I was lucky enough to eat at Barclay Prime yet again recently. I ate my usual and it was excellent (again). I did have the coffee ice cream with chocolate brownie chunks this time, which was the special flavor of the day. Wow.
I was also lucky enough to have a chance to eat at a brand new “fast casual” place called “Verts”. Verts is on 16th Street between Market and Chestnut Streets in Philly (side of the 1601 Market building). It just opened on 3/10. I was walking by around lunchtime so I decided to stop in. Apparently, half of the Philly lunch crowd had the same idea! I was about the 25th person in line. I decided to stick it out to see if it was worth it. It was. And p.s. the line moved quickly.
I ordered a rice bowl with falafel, cucumber and tomato salad, cabbage, pickled jalapeños, chickpeas, and red pepper seasoning. I also had a side of pita chips and hummus. I decided to go conservative since this was my first time here. It was delicious. The falafel was comparable to Naf Naf up the street (also very good). The toppings were fresh and flavorful. The jalapeños were so hot that my mouth was numb (also a good sign).
I can’t wait to go back and try the turkey and mushroom meatballs!