Salata: The Next Generation Salad Bar. Usually the words "salad bar" conjure a 1980s image of a buffet with lots of fruits and veggies, along with dressings and toppings, that sometimes were very poorly maintained and at times did not always have what you wanted. Salata is not that kind of Salad Bar. Think if it more as someone took the concept of Freebirds World Burrito, and instead of making a big ol' burrito full of all kinds of different stuff, they could make you a salad or a wrap full of all kinds of different stuff, with the meat and other contents skewing healthier, lower fat, gluten free and kept very fresh. Sound good? I was skeptical, but after talking with a couple of colleagues and family members who raved about the place, I decided to give it a go, especially since there is a location near Lone Star College University Park in the Vintage Park Center. This company started off with just one location in the Houston Downtown Tunnels and now is all over Houston, and boasts locations in San Antonio, Dallas (SPIT!) and Southern California now. Such credentials and endorsement from folks I trust meant I had to check them out.
Per their website:
The initial idea for Salata came to owner/franchisor, Berge Simonian back in early 2003, when he noticed an increased demand for salads as sales continue to climb for the salad tossing section of a Houston downtown tunnel restaurant he had owned and operated since 1994. After extensive research and development, he, along with his business partner & brother-in-law Tony Kyoumjian, developed the Salata signature dressings, sauces and soups, and opened the first Salata location in Oct. 2005. Come, experience and enjoy Salata for yourself, and create your own unique salad or salad wrap by choosing from a variety of fresh lettuces, a large selection of fresh veggies, fruits, nuts, cheeses and more, an array of our tasty signature dressings and the option to top them with a great selection of chicken, seafood and more. Today, the health conscious public demands healthy eating alternatives, and our mission at Salata is to fill that need.
|Protein Choices at Vintage Park the day I visited|
Report Card for Salata at Vintage Park:
Smoked Turkey Wrap: A
Dining Area: A
Prep Line/Kitchen: A
Men's Room: B+ (water on floor)
Atmosphere (Like Freebirds and an 80s Salad Bar had a Baby): B
Overall Grade: A-
January is traditionally the month that a lot of us make extra efforts to eat healthy, go on a diet and lose weight. I have a $20.00 gift card for Salata that will be sent to the comment on this post that gives what I deem to be the best recipe for your own wrap. If you are a regular at Salata, this contest is for you. Contest wraps up on January 25th at Midnight Houston Time (Central), with the prize to be mailed to the winner by the end of the month. Post your wrap recipe in the comments section. Spam comments or comments that are not recipes for wraps will not be counted or considered.
Salata has multiple locations all over Houston.
I went to the one at
130 Vintage Park Blvd
Houston, Texas 77070
Hours of operation:
Mon-Sat: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Eat Happy, Y'all!!!
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