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There’s a trio of new-ish eateries in town that are quickly changing the way I think about fast food. Tomato pasta sauce slimming world With the recent opening of GR Kitchen, Padeli’s and a new Spitz location, I’m learning that convenient food can also be wholesome and delicious. Homemade tomato and chilli pasta sauce The three business have much in common: They all specialize in handheld fare like gyros and wraps, and they all offer up Mediterranean flavors at budget-friendly prices.

Easy homemade tomato sauce for pasta A sign I saw near Padeli’s, outside the Judge Café, read: “Friends don’t let friends eat in chain restaurants.” These three spots are a terrific alternative to chains and franchises, although I could easily see GR Kitchen, Padeli’s and Spitz taking the nation by storm.

Chris Tsoutsounakis, owner of GR Kitchen, grew up working in his family’s Astro Burger restaurants, the first of which was opened by Greek immigrants John Lyhnakis and Angelo Tsoutsounakis. Homemade pasta sauce with canned tomatoes It’s a smart concept. The best homemade pasta sauce Think Chipotle, but with Mediterranean flavors.

GR Kitchen is spacious and filled with light. Homemade pasta sauce from scratch Easy, free off-street parking is a nice bonus. Easy homemade spaghetti sauce using fresh tomatoes At this eatery, customers work their way down a food-filled assembly line, after deciding whether they want a traditional gyro ($6.95), a plate (protein, grains, two sides and pita for $9.95), salad ($9.95), wrap ($8.59) or tacos (three for $8.59). Homemade pasta sauce with fresh tomatoes There’s also a kids’ plate for $4.75. Easy homemade pasta sauce with canned tomatoes Once a delivery system has been selected—gyro, wrap, plate, etc.—it’s time to pick a protein from a list that includes classic lamb/beef gyro meat, spit-fired pork, housemade falafel, spit-fired chicken, or chicken souvlaki. Recipe for homemade pasta sauce from scratch I’ve tried all but the chicken souvlaki—which is served kebab-style on skewers—and have loved all of it, but particularly the pork, which reminds me in flavor and texture of Mexican carnitas.

After choosing a protein, the next step is to find a sauce. Easy homemade tomato pasta sauce There’s yogurt and cucumber tzatziki, spicy red pepper and feta kafteri (my favorite) or hummus, made from chickpeas and tahini. White sauce recipe for pasta in hindi The toppings and sides are where GR Kitchen really excels. Homemade sauce for pasta Side dish options include delicious kale salad, quinoa, lemony rice, tomatoes with cucumber, roasted veggies, couscous and Greek salad. Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe easy For toppings there are crumbled feta cheese, crunchy lettuce, jalapeños, olives and red onion. Easy homemade pasta sauce olive oil By the time you’ve piled on toppings and sides, you’ve got a lot of food for under $10. Homemade cream sauce for pasta Oh, and GR Kitchen serves locally brewed craft beers, too. Homemade cheese sauce for pasta If there’s a reason to visit Midvale, this is it.

Padeli’s Street Greek is owned by brothers Leo, Frank and Chris Paulos, who named their newest venture after their father. Making a white sauce for pasta The Paulos family founded Utah’s Greek Souvlaki restaurants, but Padeli’s is more upscale (although the space is small) and ingredients are of higher quality. Homemade italian pasta sauce recipe from scratch As with GR Kitchen, options also abound at Padeli’s, where you can build your own meal or select from a number of featured menu items.

To build your own, you first pick your “base”—a warm pita gyro ($6.50), “street” mini-gyros (3 for $7.50), a bowl ($8) or a wrap ($8). Tomato pasta sauce with passata The bowl comes with lemon rice and garbanzo beans, and the wrap has romaine lettuce and garbanzo beans. Tomato pasta sauce names Next, you’ll choose a filling from traditional lamb and beef gyro meat, chicken rotisserie, falafel or pork rotisserie. Homemade tomato pasta sauce jamie oliver Then, a sauce from choices that include traditional tzatziki, spicy feta, creamy Sriracha, hummus, creamy mustard or roasted pepper tzatziki. Quick and easy homemade pasta sauce Finally, top it all off by choosing three toppings from an array including romaine lettuce, spinach leaves, red onions, sport peppers, shredded cheddar cheese, sliced pepperoncini, roasted red peppers, feta cheese, banana peppers, chickpeas, Kalamata olives or diced tomatoes. Tomato pasta sauce thermomix That sure leaves a lot of room for customization.

I’d happily eat everything I’ve tried at Padeli’s again. Best homemade spaghetti meat sauce The classic gyro is a slam-dunk with roasted pepper tzatziki, and the chicken is great with creamy mustard sauce. Homemade pasta sauce recipe from scratch The falafel is especially memorable thanks to its moist interior and superb flavor (the secret is blending feta cheese in with the falafel mixture). 4 cheese sauce recipe for pasta While you’re there, be sure to treat yourself to one of the homemade brownies—they’re killer.

The new Sugar House Spitz (“Home of the Doner Kebab”) is booming. Homemade pasta sauce from fresh tomatoes And that’s not surprising given the warm, friendly atmosphere and funky vibe. How to make homemade pasta sauce I love that the restroom walls and the space behind the ordering counter are decorated with old vinyl covers. Tomato pasta sauce calories What’s not to love about the classic Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass’ Whipped Cream & Other Delights album cover?

A doner is the Turkish name for rotisserie meat that is thinly sliced from a rotating spit and usually served on flatbread like lavash or pita. Homemade italian pasta sauce While I prefer pita, Spitz serves its doner meat—beef and lamb, chicken or mixed meats—on toasted lavash bread, although you can also get it in bowls, “doquitos” (Mediterranean-style taquitos), baskets or salads. Homemade spaghetti sauce from scratch for canning The basic “Street Cart Doner” ($8.75) is pretty hard to improve upon: It’s a choice of lamb/beef, chicken, mixed meats or falafel served on lavash or as a wrap, with romaine lettuce, shredded cabbage, fried lavash chips, tomato, onion, green pepper, cucumber, tzatziki and garlic aioli. Easy homemade pasta sauce Yes, it’s as messy as it sounds.

The falafel—which I raved about at the downtown Spitz location when I reviewed it in May 2014—was dry and lacked flavor at the Sugar House locale. Best homemade spaghetti meat sauce recipe It certainly didn’t taste like it was made in-house. Tomato pasta sauce for meatballs But be sure to order the crunchy fried garbanzos with olives ($5.50) to nibble on while you’re tempted by Spitz’ craft cocktails, wine, homemade sangria and beer.