The Mediterranean Grill: a flavorful treat for south Oklahoma City.
The Mediterranean Grill is located at 7868 S. Western in Oklahoma City (map). They are open 11am to 8pm Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday. Visit their website or call them at 405.601.8959.
As someone who lives in Moore, but works in the Nichols Hills area, I have the opportunity to sample fare from all across the metro. Historically, for the most part, if I ever wanted anything for dinner other than chain food I had to make the trek back up north or to Norman. The food landscape has changed recently and as a lifelong Moore / SW OKC girl, that makes me very happy.
The Mediterranean Grill represents a great example of this. It’s located in a traditional strip mall just south of I-240. I noticed their sign advertising gyros and kabobs and wanted to give it a try. The eatery has become a favorite of my mother and my niece, and the three of us visited for dinner last week.
As I mentioned, the restaurant is located in a strip mall. Therefore, the outside isn’t really anything special. On the inside, the owners have decorated the eatery with earthy tones of oranges and yellows. Classy drop pendant lighting hangs from the ceiling, taking away the traditional fluorescent lights you might normally see in a strip mall restaurant. The owners of Mediterranean Grill keep the place spotless and obviously take great pride in their little gem.
My mom and niece both chose gyros ($5.75) which come on pita bread with lettuce, onion, tomato and tzadziki sauce. They ordered the gyros accompanied with small Greek salads, but could have had French fries, Persian salad, tabouli or rice. The gyro meat was about the most tender I have ever eaten. Usually I’m not crazy about gyro meat because it can be a little tough but this was melt-in-your-mouth tender and very flavorful. On the way home, my niece said the pita bread was so soft and fresh that “if it were a pillow I could take a nap on it.” She also complimented the full flavor of the feta cheese on her Greek salad.
My favorite part about Greek-inspired menus is the appetizers. I just love good spanakopitas (spinach pies), hummus (chickpea dip) and falafel (split pea fritters). Throw in some tzadziki dressing with plenty of cucumber and dill and I’m a happy girl! I decided to order the combo platter ($10.50) from the appetizer menu. The Combo Platter comes with 2 dolmeh (stuffed grape leaves), 3 falafel, 2 sambosa (Greek spring rolls filled with spicy meat), 2 spanokopita, 2 tyropita (fried cheese pies), spicy yogurt sauce and pita wedges. I also requested some tzadziki sauce. I was most impressed by the spanakopitas and tyropitas. Both had just enough tasty filling on the inside with flaky crusts on the outside. The falafel were also very good and looked like little miniature breakfast sausage patties. The spicy yogurt dip had a little kick to it and really complimented the falafel. The tzadziki sauce is about the best I’ve tasted. Sometimes restaurants try to pass off what tastes like ranch dressing with a few little pieces of cucumber and some salt as tzadziki sauce. Not at the Mediterranean Grill. The cucumbers and dill blend together with the yogurt base and go perfectly with just about anything on the menu.
My mom, niece and I didn’t really care for the dolmeh or sambosa. We found the sambosa to be too sweet for our liking and the dolmeh was nothing special. Of course, you might like them better than we did, so give them a try for yourself sometime.
I’m quite impressed with The Mediterranean Grill and their menu. In addition to the gyros and appetizers, they have several kabobs from which to choose. On my first visit a few months ago I ordered a chicken kabob sandwich with tabouli. The chicken was well seasoned with hints of citrus. They also have several dinner platters and even tilapia and calamari. Of course, they also have baklava that my niece and mom really liked.
If you’re looking for a fairly inexpensive but very flavorful meal, I highly recommend you give The Mediterranean Grill a try. Let us know what you think in the comments.