You find yourself in Croatia, where food seems to encircle you everywhere; the smells follow you, the bakeries fill every corner, the markets are bustling, and the grills are burning. One small problem: you’ve spent all your money on your last month’s travels and you are worried you’ll be starving in a city full of temptations and sensations.
In the midst of 5 star restaurants and high class patrons, we bring you something just as good (and far less expensive) as the fancy normality of dining in Hvar. Therein lies Gustico Burger and Pizza Bar, your fast food saviour (with free delivery to boot).
Feeling hungry but don’t want to break the bank? We have you covered! With no lack of fast food places in Split, it’s often hard to decide where you’ll be enjoying your next hot sandwich, hamburger or pomfrit. With an ever growing list of possibilities, your next fast food meal choice will be made easier by this list of some of the best in Split.
When I first moved to Croatia I must say I was very disappointed with the food. I know that sounds crazy especially coming from an American living in a country where it's citizen's sole purpose for existing seems to revolve around food, but it's still one of the things I miss the most about the US. Don’t get me wrong Croatian food is incredible and I consider myself very blessed to live in a country with real organic food and a constant abundance of it, but it’s the variety of food that I find myself longing for from home and embarrassingly, but not surprisingly, fast food. Just as the variety of restaurants was slim to none several years ago before Split’s gastronomic scene skyrocketed so were the options for fast food. The arrival of McDonalds coincided with my own, but contrary to popular belief not all Americans eat it nor would I ever be caught dead doing so in the States. As a Californian I have the best taste and highest standards when it comes to fast food thanks to a little place called In-N-Out only available on the West Coast.
I was already 6 years in here and gave up all hope that I’d ever recover from my In-N-Out heartbreak and fall in love or even just like with another fast food place in Croatia. They always say that love finds you when you least expect it and then suddenly out of nowhere last Spring in Split the heavens parted and like a beacon of shining light Wrap & Go Snack Bar came into my world. I know that sounds dramatic, but anyone who has been deprived of their favorite foods for long or moved away from California knows that’s exactly what it feels like to find a replacement. Opened by another one of those amazing Craussie women that are doing some awesome things in Croatia, Wrap & Go may be a small establishment, but it has big ideas and a brand new concept that is changing the familiar face of fast food in Split.
As one might assume based on their name, they take wraps seriously and are most famous for making them fresh, healthy and fast. They offer the biggest ones in town with fresh ingredients and homemade sauces. The best part? There’s actually a wide variety of them! Yes, you heard me, variety, fast food and Split all in the same sentence. With 9 different kinds of wraps you’ll have your work cut out for you trying them all or even just picking a favorite, which I’ve yet to accomplish despite my weekly visits there. They offer two types of grilled and fried chicken wraps; my favorites being Tzatziki with feta cheese and Caesar with hard boiled egg, but many others obsess over the Sweet Chili. Meat lovers can choose between BBQ Steak with grilled vegetables or Mexican with ground beef, melted cheese and sour cream. There’s even seafood and vegetarian options as well with Seafood Skampi, Tuna Tartar and Veggie.
As I mentioned I haven’t managed to try them all or get sick of them for that matter so I haven’t given any of their burgers, chicken burgers, ciabatta sandwiches or salads a chance, but the option is there whenever I'm ready. Where else in Split can you get a fresh, healthy and take-away Caesar, Tuna or Greek salad? Nowhere that I’m aware of or that I would trust to be nearly as good. Quite possibly the most exciting thing about Wrap & Go? One word: breakfast. Well, let me elaborate a bit more, breakfast sandwiches and breakfast burritos, which definitely can’t be found at any other fast food place. Another foreign concept in fast food joints and smaller establishments throughout Croatia is the option to pay with a credit card, but since Wrap & Go is all about providing more options they offer this one as well.
As someone coming from not only the country that invented fast food franchises, but also a state with the best one in that country I consider myself a bit of an authority on the subject. Another person even more seasoned in eating on the go is my fellow Californian and travel guru Ashley Colburn who considers Croatia her second home and always makes Wrap & Go her first stop when visiting Split. She even has cravings for it while she’s back home in California in the presence of the almighty In-N-Out or on one of her weekly globetrotting adventures around the world. So I think it’s officially safe to say that Split and the whole world became a much better and tastier place the day Wrap & Go was brought into it. It's behind the yellow HNK Croatian National Theater so be sure not to miss it if you're in Split!
For more info follow Wrap & Go Snack Bar on their Facebook page.
(Domovinskog rata 29a; www.upcafe.hr)
The fast food trend is becoming an epidemic in Split as new topli sendvić (Croatia’s fast food sandwich)havens are opening up by the dozen. The fast service of these caloric bombs make it an easy choice when you are in a hurry and in need of a quick filler.
See no more, Upcafé has come to save us from eating unhealthy fast food by replacing their glass display with vegetarian, sugar free, organic, and low-fat alternatives.
This little modern café is located 1km north from the center on the Domovinskog rata road and is a popular break time spot for employees of the nearby banks, insurance offices, and publishing houses who come for a bite, coffee, or anti-oxidative juice.
As you enter the café, you are welcomed to a display counter of sumptuous bites such as wholegrain tofu, seitan and tempeh sandwiches, hemp burgers, savory pancakes, natural desserts and healthy spins on local soparnik or Viška pogača. Other than a tantalizing snack menu, Upcafé produce fresh cold-press juices, and offer an array of organic teas and revitalizing drinks.
You can take you healthy sensations to-go or enjoy them in the welcoming café.
Yes it’s officially a fast food joint and it looks like one too but this place a little different in that they have traditional snacks that are a rare find here. The glass pane visible from the street displays their famous soparnik, a medieval Dalmatian thin-crusted double-decker filled with Swiss chard, onions, garlic and olive oil; Viška pogača, a focaccia-like combo from the island of Vis with anchovies, onion and tomato. Bruschettas, real Bosnian čevapčići kebabs and other meaty bites are also available. You can take it to go our nibble off the high-tables inside. None is located down the Bosanska alley leading down to the popular Pjaca Square from the Gallery of Fine Arts.