Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill

Cassandra Stiltner
This homegrown chain is the brainchild of Alon Mor, a native of the Mediterranean region who opened the first Garbanzo in Denver in 2007. The chain has grown quickly since then, attracting fans of high-quality Mediterranean food served at reasonable prices in a fast-casual environment. You pick your style of entree -- pita (white or whole wheat), plate, salad or laffa -- then add chicken, steak, falafel, hummus, greens or any combination thereof, finally topping the whole thing off with salads, sauces, dressings and extras. The result is a tasty, filling and surprisingly healthy made-to-order meal. When Garbanzo eventually takes over the nation, you can proudly say that you're an old friend.

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