There's yet more falafel in the works for Dallas with the arrival of a new Mediterranean-themed fast-casual concept coming to Uptown. Called Roti Modern Mediterranean, it will open in the new McKinney & Olive high-rise building; a spokesperson says the target opening date is spring 2017.
This Roti is not to be confused with the Dallas-based Indian chain Roti Grill. Instead, it's a chain founded in Chicago in 2007, with branches in New York, Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
Its menu features bowls, wraps, rice plates, and salads. You start with a base, to which you add meat, sides, toppings, and sauces.
Meats include fajita-like strips of chicken or steak, chicken or salmon kabobs, or falafel. Sides and toppings include rice, hummus, tomato-cucumber salad, couscous, quinoa-cauliflower tabbouleh, cabbage slaw, and feta cheese. Sauces such as tahini, yogurt, and vinaigrette are house-made. You can also order a starter such as falafel or hummus with pita bread.
It's a little like a Mediterranean version of Chipotle, with a fast-casual service model that will make it a good lunch option for tenants in the building as well as workers nearby.
The chain recently underwent a makeover. It started out with an emphasis on rotisserie. But that model was overhauled in 2015, to distinguish it from falafel shops and kebab houses, and to cater to a generation of younger consumers seeking inexpensive food made from whole grains, vegetables, and meats raised without antibiotics or hormones.
After a harrowing local shortage of falafel, Dallas has seen a falafel influx, with the arrival of newcomers such as the Austin-based Verts Mediterranean Grill chain, which has three branches in the Dallas area; New York's Halal Guys; and the falafel kings themselves, Amsterdam Falafelshop, which has one branch in Deep Ellum.