Shish Wraps is a fast-casual concept serving Mediterranean-style food to go. Having recently opened up along Brown Street near downtown Dayton, this concept caters primarily to the busy University of Dayton student population, but I’ve got to say it’s the kind of thing a lot of other people would like. You order a wrap or a bowl of food, prepared either the “shish” way or your own way, with a number of options.
Dayton has a number of fast burrito stops, and fast Italian-style wraps are a growing presence in this city as well. It’s been hungry for something in the Mediterranean vein for some time.
The Shish Wraps and the Shish Bowls are largely similar, with the wraps served in a grilled pita bread and the Mediterranean rice bowls are served in a thick bed of white rice. I can tell you both options are exceptionally filling, and both options are pretty good. I sampled a beef bowl, shish style, which comes with grilled onions, peppers, mushroom, and shish sauce, which is much like tahini sauce. I also tried a shish wrap custom made, with the grilled chicken, some veggies, and tzatziki sauce. I have to warn you, that stuff has a very garlic kick. If you have somewhere to be after eating here, bring a pack of gum with you. Still though, the beef is cooked well, the veggies are blackened and crisp, and the rice or pita bread is great.
Might I also recommend one of the appetizers. The price points are low, so you can get a lot of food at a very decent price. The chips and hummus are great, the hummus a little bit oily but the chips are good. Also, there are falafel, tabouli, and shish fries. A lot of quick, delicious foods.
The atmosphere of the place is pretty cool, it’s sleek and modern, built for speed and convenience. The crew running the place seems to get the food out quickly, and even the meal rush seems to see the food put together well. It’s an assembly line-style. All of it makes for a pretty easy experience, not only for the college student but the person on the go. Moreover, the food is (somewhat) healthy if you know what to get, and there is a lot of room for customization.
I hope we eventually see more locations for the place, it’s just so convenient, and given the popularity of similar assembly line style food places I suspect such a concept will perform well in more markets than this one. Altogether it’s definitely worth a try.
- There are plenty of ways to make a wrap or bowl pretty healthy, so this might be a good place to meet a health nut.
- Be prepared to take some food home, and likely to need a stick of gum. That garlic is strong!
- Also, the appetizers are good, and cheap.