While I have always felt there has been a shortage of decent Mediterranean food in Atlanta, Mediterranean Grill is an exception that has consistently delivered in terms of quality and cost. This was a mainstay and top contributor to my freshman fifteen back in my Emory days, given my penchant for inexpensive falafels and gyros. Although I now opt for healthier choices for me and my children, the three family-run locations of Mediterranean Grill still fit the bill as a quick and convenient option for a night out with the kids.
What I love most about this food is that there really is something for everyone – both kiddos and picky parents – and the flavors aren’t completely foreign. If you haven’t tried hummus, a chickpea and tahini puree, then you’ve probably been living under a rock and/or never been to a party or play date. For a refreshing change, try the baba ganouj dip of fire roasted eggplant and tahini or the Egyptian foul mudammes dip of fava beans with pita for dipping. You might ask them to hold the extra olive oil that is poured on top of all of their dips. All are great for keeping hungry kiddos occupied until your entrees arrive.
My Little Foodies love the grilled chicken with potatoes and hummus . While many restaurants tend to suck the life out of their chicken (for a second time), this chicken is marinated with lemon, oregano, and turmeric and then grilled on an open flame, and results in one of the juiciest kids’ chicken meals I have tasted. It’s extra delicious dipped in the homemade hummus for an extra punch of protein. The homemade lentil soup is also a winner for babies ready to expand their palate beyond jarred foods.
Great vegetarian options include dolmas or grape leaves stuffed with rice, tomatoes, onions, and spices steamed in a lemon-vegetable broth, as well as spanakopita or phylo-stuffed triangles of spinach, ricotta, and feta. This is an easy way to get your kids to eat some greens. It also feels like My Little Foodies have been put under some magical spell as silence overcomes our table as soon as they start feasting on these two goodies. That is priceless if you ask me. Portions are plentiful and healthier than most standards, so you won’t feel the guilt of sneaking a few bites of their meal when your munchkin retrieves his toy car off the floor!
Baba Ganouj Appetizer (Small)-$3.70
Foul Mudammes Dip-$4.50
Homemade Lentil Soup-$3.20
Dolmas (6 pieces)-$5.80
Kid’s Grilled Chicken with Potatoes and Hummus-$4.90
Kid’s Gyro of Beef and Lamb with Potatoes and Hummus-$4.90
MARIETTA: 1255 Johnson Ferry Rd. Marietta GA 30068
MIDTOWN: 985 Monroe Drive Atlanta, GA 30308
EMORY/DECATUR: 2126 N Decatur Rd. Decatur, GA 30033