If you’ve been missing Mediterranean cuisine since The Isaacs restaurant in Grandin Village closed, you might be able to get your fix at a new place on Williamson Road.
Mediterranean Kabob is located in the same building that houses the Mediterranean Goods Market at 3324 Williamson Road, across from Oakland Intermediate School. The market and kabob stand are both owned by Muhsen Al-Sahlan, a native of Iraq. The kabob stand is a humble little walk-up window inside the store, but the menu is rather large. As of now, everything is carryout only, but Al-Sahlan said he is working on setting up an area with tables and chairs so diners can eat there.
Menu items include:
Kibbi – a dish made with ground meat and various flavorings. There are several varieties at Mediterranean Kabob
Tabbouleh – bulghur wheat mixed with tomatoes, onion, parsley, lemon juice
Fattoush – a bread salad
Lahm bi ajeen - a Lebanese meat pie
Sambousa – a pastry usually stuffed with meat and nuts
Samak maskouf – open fish spiced and cooked over charcoal
Farrouj meshwi – a grilled garlic chicken
Chicken, beef, goat biryani – a rice dish
A variety of different kabobs, including chicken and beef
One detail of great significance is that all of the meats used at Mediterranean Kabob are halal, so if you follow a halal diet or have friends or guests who do, this would be a good place to go. The fact that Al-Sahlan drives to D.C. every week or so to get halal meats may be what makes the prices a bit higher than one would expect at a carryout stand. I will attach a copy of the menu (clidk “read more”) so you can see for yourself.
Speaking of Mediterranean food, an alert reader has told me there’s a sign in the window of what used to be Ernie’s Grill in Salem that says: Abrakababra – gyros – falafel. I’ve made a call on that to see what’s up but haven’t heard back yet. I’ll keep you guys posted.