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View the Mediterranean Garden Grill menu

Restaurant: Mediterranean Garden  Grill

Where: 335 W. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia

Phone: (626) 358-6811

Reservations: Accepted

Cocktails: Beer and wine

Service: Full Wait Service

Atmosphere: Casual

Outdoor Dining: Yes

Credit Cards: MC, Visa, American Express, Debit w/logo

Kid’s Menu: Yes

Senior Discount: No

Food to Go: Yes

Catering Menu: Yes

Price Range: $4.00 – $19.95, most items under $ 9

MGG is on Foothill Blvd. in Monrovia

With all the lights and such, it's very festive at night

Murals of Middle Eastern scenes add to the atmosphere

Ditto, and so does the lively Mediterranean music

The Appetizer Sampler (for two)

The Kebab Combo, covered with fresh pita bread, which helps keep the kebabs hot

Sans pita

Baklawa for dessert

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 A Look At San Gabriel Valley Restaurants by SanGabrielValleyMenus.com

                                    

Mediterranean Garden Grill – A Taste of the Middle East, in Nearby Monrovia

 

By Bill Coburn

 

Mediterranean Garden Grill is a family owned and run business with years of experience, handed down from generation to generation.  The food is made fresh daily using the highest quality ingredients available.  Joey Kouchakian, along with his wife Lucie, run this Mediterranean restaurant where you’ll find everything from Baba-Ghanouj to beef kabobs to baklawa, and everything in between. 

 

I was joined for lunch this week by Ann Luke, Sierra Madre volunteer extraordinaire (former president of the Woman’s Club, Chamber of Commerce, and Kiwanis, among other things).

 

We started off with the Appetizer Sampler, which gave us a chance to try many of the appetizers at one time.  There was pickled turnip, grape leaves, hummus, Baba-Ghanouj, tabbouleh, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, and a hunk of Feta cheese, in a beautiful presentation.  I’d never had grape leaves (stuffed with seasoned rice) before, but Ann assured me that she enjoys them frequently, and that these were quite good.  I’ve had hummus (whipped chick peas, sesame paste, olive oil and seasonings) and tabbouleh (Lebanese salad) before, so I knew what I was getting into there, and was quite pleased with MGG’s.  I actually enjoyed the Baba-Ghanouj, which I wouldn’t have even tried if I’d known it was eggplant based, but I did, and enjoyed it.  Ann and I were both quite pleased with the Appetizer Sampler, which the menu states is meant for two.  In addition to those appetizers found on the sampler, there are another half dozen or so appetizers available on the menu.  One that I’ll probably be trying next visit is the Hummus Special, which is Hummus served with sauteed, marinated, diced beef or lamb topping.  Sounds good to me.

 

Ann’s a light eater, so I was the only one to order an entrée.  I’m not a light eater, so I ordered the Kebab Combo, which is also designated as a meal for two.  It has Chicken, Beef and Lule Kebabs, served with rice pilaf and grilled vegetables. 

 

When the food arrived, the presentation was again impressive, but the taste was even better.  The first thing I tried was the chicken, and it was beautifully seasoned and cooked to perfection.   I was quite pleased with it, as I was with the rest of the meal.  The Beef and Lule Kebabs were every bit as good as the chicken kebab was, and I probably would have eaten it all, but I felt a little self-conscious with light-eating Ann instead of the family, who are used to seeing me shovel it down.  So I took part of it home and enjoyed it for dinner the following day.  The rice pilaf was also quite good, light and fluffy.  Ann wanted me to make sure I mentioned that the grilled tomato was quite good, in fact, she told both the waitress and Joey that it was the best tomato she’d ever eaten. 

 

Joey was kind enough to send over a couple of complimentary baklava for us to try after our meal, and I was again glad that Ann is such a light eater.  More baklawa for me, and it was excellent, flaky and light, with just the right amount of sweet to finish off an exemplary meal.

 

Their menu is far more extensive then what we tried, and features such delicacies and special orders as Frog Legs and Sauteed Quail.  You’ll also find sandwich combos, seafood, salads and soups.  You can view their menu online at www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/mediterraneangardengrill, or go directly to www.mediterraneangardengrill.com

 

Mediterranean Garden Grill has just done a major remodel to their dining area, and the money was well spent, as the décor is a vast improvement over what it used to be.  Friday and Saturday evenings feature belly dancing, and MGG is the only place nearby that I’m aware of where you can enjoy a hookah (Turkish water pipe) with your meal.  They have a large variety of flavored tobaccos for your enjoyment.  Stop in and be sure to let them know you read about them in Dot Com Dining.

 

Bill Coburn is owner of SanGabrielValleyMenus.com, a restaurant website featuring more than 150 restaurant’s menus, as well as downloadable coupons.  He has nearly 20 years experience in the restaurant business, and has been eating for much longer than that.

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