“Everyone loves Showmars” is the fast casual restaurants slogan and seems to be an overall fact. I have never met anyone that didn’t love their food and service. Southern. Fresh. Greek. Three words that easily sum up this chain that has 30 locations throughout the Carolinas. Southern and Greek might sound like a head scratcher, but it works. “Mr. C”, George Couchell came to the US from Greece as a boy and worked in the family restaurant. After graduating from Duke University (and serving as a Naval Officer), Mr. C opened the first location in 1982.
Showmars is well known for their gyros and pitas. The menu is filled with a variety of other food such as seafood (I recommend the Calabash Shrimp platter if your stomach allows it), BBQ sandwiches, soups, and salads. Select locations also serve breakfast. For many of you here, you’ll need to peruse nutritional information for the important task of what you can eat. Unfortunately, it is not as sophisticated as the other menus I’ve covered in this blog. The information is broken down by breakfast, lunch & dinner, kid’s menu, soups, salads, desserts, and condiments. You’ll find standard info such as calories, carbs, sodium, and all of that fun stuff. The final row is a column letting you know if the food item is gluten-free. There is also the following disclaimer: “Item ingredients are gluten-free and remain gluten-free if prepared on separate cooking surfaces and in oils reserved for gluten-free preparation & cooking. However, unable to ensure that all ingredients originated from gluten-free manufacturing facilities.”
Sadly, no other allergens are listed..@Showmars is a staple in the Carolinas. Click To Tweet
Since we have a location near us, we have frequented Showmars for years. It’s also super convenient that they now have online ordering (as do 19 other locations) and a drive through window since we almost always order it as takeout. I’m a fan of their pitas, the aforementioned Calabash Shrimp platter, and a newer menu that I will reveal in the NSFDC section of this entry. Nikki is still pretty limited on menu options because of soy and dairy, however she really enjoys the food she can get. Her order is beef tips (no rice, onions, and peppers), salad, & fries. On our last trip, we asked what the fries are cooked in; the answer is vegetable oil. She ordered her salad plain so she could use Just Ranch.
Over the weekend, we went to Showmars & learned that they have removed the beef tips from their menu at all locations. New to the menu is the Beyond Burger Pita and Burger. The patty is plant based. Nikki asked if it contained soy, so the manager took a couple minutes to look it up. Luckily, it is soy-free. She decided to try the Beyond Vegan Pita minus hummus and onions. She scraped it off the pita, which she shared with our dad’s service dog. It didn’t taste too bad. Nikki said while she wouldn’t order it every time, it was nice to have another option. A gluten-free bun or pita would be preferred so she could eat that with her meal.
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Their pitas are SO good. Is your mouth watering? It’s okay because mine is too.
Ready to see the new menu item that I teased earlier?
It’s Chicken Mac & Cheese, topped with bacon and served on top of white pita bread (if you want to make this slightly healthier, you can choose wheat pita). This meal is SO delicious!
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