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Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill

I was recently invited to check out Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill at one of its locations in Irvine that opened up this past July 2013. I was excited to check it out as the expansion of this restaurant has been pretty amazing considering the first Garbanzo opened in Colorado in 2008 and they have since opened 15 locations in Colorado, as well as locations in Arizona, California, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Texas. There are 5 stores in different areas opening soon, including a new state to open a Garbanzo in Connecticut! This is pretty awesome if you ask me!

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Garbanzo caters large parties

What I loved about Garbanzo upon entering was that it was painted with colorful welcoming colors, there was a variety of food choices to pick from and everything is fresh, including homemade potato chips and fresh made pitas! This restaurant concept works similar to a Chipotle style in that you walk up to the counter and select from a stuffed pita, a laffa, or a plate.

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Plate (Served with a pita)

After selecting one of those three items you proceed to make selections for what you want the server to include on your plate or in your pita. Choices for the main filling include chicken shwarma, chicken falarma (chicken and falafel), falafel, steak shwarma, steak falarma (combo of steak and falafel), hummus, and portabello mushrooms. Next

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Stuffed Pita

you proceed to select the sides on your plate which include items such as babaganoush, rice, pickles, hardboiled egg, grilled eggplant, red cabbage, tabuleh salad, red onion, vegetable salad pepperoncinis, and kalamata olives. Next you can select from a variety of sauces and feta or Colby jack cheese.

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Tomato feta bisque

You can also choose to get kabobs – steak or chicken, a Greek salad, as well as a cup of soup. Soup varieties include lentil, tomato feta bisque, & lemon chicken orzo. Make sure when ordering you also check out the Garbanzo Deal, which is a combo that comes with a fountain drink and one side order in which you can select from chips, 5 falafel, 4 dolmas, or an apple.

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Dani and General Manager of Garbanzo, Melissa Boura

This place is great for if you want to get a quick bite to eat for a great price. Everything inย Garbanzo is reasonably priced and you can easily eat as a family of 4 for under $40. I love this price point, which I am sure many of you love as well, especially considering they serve high quality items as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Chicken Kabobs

Another item I cannot fail to share about Garbanzo is that everything on the menu is fresh and healthy. If you are anything like me, you definitely ate a bit too much over the holidays and would like to shed a few poundsโ€ฆwell my friends this is the place to go because you can definitely stay within a calorie budget as well as a monetary budget! You can see the nutrition list inside of the restaurant which I love and there are many vegetarian options, as well as gluten free for the different types of diets out there! I love this factor as well!

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Fresh home made potato chips

I enjoyed my experience at Garbanzo and plan to go back sometime in the near future! Please let me know about your experience visiting Garbanzo below. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also if you are interested in entering a contest to win a FREE entree at Garbanzos go to my fb post on my page pinned to top to see details on how to enter. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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My hubby and I happy and full

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