Usually when I go into a restaurant there are a few items on the menu that catch my fancy and I can make up my mind rather quickly. This never happens to me at the Mediterranean Grill. The problem there is that everything looks good and my experiences at this restaurant confirm that everything doesn’t just look good- but that it is. Mediterranean Grill is a hidden gem of a restaurant. From the moment you walk in and notice the above average decor for a restaurant in this type of location: waterfall wall hangings, beaten copper table tops and warm colors and lighting; to the time the food arrives this place will exceed your expectations.
The food is terrific- as the name implies the cuisine is from the Mediterranean, but its the southeastern side of the sea. Lebanese, Greek and Turkish influences predominate here. The appetizers alone (Mezza as they call them) can provide a meal. I haven’t had one that I did not like. If you can’t decide on just one they offer the Mezza combination or sampler platters that are terrific to share with a group of people. I love the Fool M’Damas which is a blend of fava beans, garlic, lemon juice, spices and olive oil all roughly pureed and served with fresh flat bread for dipping. The falafel, hummus and pastries (fatayer) are all excellent as well.
For entrees they have kebabs, sandwiches ( I love the falafel sandwich), gyro, soups and salads. Their Shish Tawook is quite good. This is chicken that has been marinated and then grilled and served in on a wonderful flatbread with garlic sauce, onions, lettuce and tomato. They also have soups and salads. In fact the only downside to this place is that I have always been too full to try one of their desserts (baklava, rice pudding or tiramasu).
A lot of their dishes are organic and they clearly make an effort to have everything as fresh as possible. Delicious olive oil and wonderful breads round out many dishes. This place is also terrific for vegetarians with a large section on non-meat dishes. They also have approximately 27 wines all offered by the glass with some interesting selections you don’t see everywhere else including Greek and Lebanese wines. The last time we were there I had the kir yianni akakies, which was a rose wine from Greece. I don’t have much of a personal palate database on Greek wines, but it was pleasant and went with the variety of dishes we had.
The prices are reasonable and in line with what you would expect to pay. The Mediterranean Grill is located in the Westview Promenade shopping center behind the Chipotle’s: 5221A Buckeystown Pike, Frederick. Tel 301-620-1666. Fred Foodie bottom line is “GO!”