Get a taste of the Mediterranean: Eatery features consistent, fair-priced Middle Eastern cuisine
by Sally Litchfield
MDJ Feature editor
sallylit@bellsouth.net
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Emad Deeb, general manager of Mediterranean Grill, stands with the chicken kebab plate in front of the restaurant. Sam Mousa and Deeb opened their first location in Decatur in 2001, a second in Midtown Atlanta and then expanded to Marietta. <br>Staff/Emily Barnes
Emad Deeb, general manager of Mediterranean Grill, stands with the chicken kebab plate in front of the restaurant. Sam Mousa and Deeb opened their first location in Decatur in 2001, a second in Midtown Atlanta and then expanded to Marietta.
Staff/Emily Barnes
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The grill is filled with chicken, beef, and ground beef.
The grill is filled with chicken, beef, and ground beef.
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From left, regular customers Jackson Sapp, 18, of Marietta, and Colin Muller, 18, of Marietta, eat falafel sandwiches at Mediterranean Grill.
From left, regular customers Jackson Sapp, 18, of Marietta, and Colin Muller, 18, of Marietta, eat falafel sandwiches at Mediterranean Grill.
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The chicken kebab plate, with greek salad, rice pilaf, tazikizi sauce and spicy sauce, is available at Mediterranean Grill.
The chicken kebab plate, with greek salad, rice pilaf, tazikizi sauce and spicy sauce, is available at Mediterranean Grill.
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Mediterranean Grill in east Cobb brings authentic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine to Cobb County. Located at 1255 Johnson Ferry Road in Market Plaza, Mediterranean Grill is no-nonsense, good quality and fair-priced.

“The fare is cooked to order. We are over-the-counter. We have no liquor, no belly-dancing and no hookah. We do food only so we can stay consistent that way,” said Sam Mousa, who owns the restaurant with Emad Deeb, district manager/owner.

“We have Mediterranean cuisine — Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines—Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Syria, Lebanon,” said Mousa who was born in small village north of Jerusalem. After being schooled in Jordan, Mousa came to Chicago. He’s worked as a chef in several restaurants.

Quality is important at Mediterranean Grill. “The way we prepare our menu, we are very serious about our ingredients and making the food fresh daily. We cut our own meat. We go to the farmer’s market and pick our own produce. We buy our own meat. We grind the meat. We cut the meat,” Mousa said.

Quality means consistency at Mediterranean Grill.

“We buy nothing ready. Everything is made here on the premises. We buy nothing from outside. We try to stay consistent. We keep working hard to satisfy every person who comes through that door because we want everyone to walk out of here with a good experience, satisfied and happy,” said Mousa who moved to Atlanta from Chicago in 2000.

Mousa and Deeb opened their first location in Decatur in 2001, a second in Midtown Atlanta and then expanded to Marietta.

“The clientele in east Cobb is savvy and they know their food and they appreciate something like Mediterranean Grill,” he said.

“(Cobb County) doesn’t have anything like this. It adds to the mix,” he said.

Known for their lamb shank, kabobs, gyro and hummus, Mousa recommends that first time guests try the business lunch served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. if they like meat. It consists of a generous portion of shish kabob, kufta kebab, and gyro slices served with rice pilaf, salad and pita. Includes a soft drink.

For vegetarians, he recommends the vegetarian plate of homemade hummus, baba ganouj, crisp falafel, tabouleh and salad.

“(Guests) will like Mediterranean Grill because it is a different fare. It’s healthy, tasty and good portions with low price,” Mousa said.

Mediterranean Grill is open on Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Catering and delivery is available.
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