THE DISH: Adriatic Grill


Staff Photos: Meghan Kotowski The Adriatic Grill serves, from bottom left clockwise, fruit cakes, beef and lamb doner with french fries, burek (ground beef in phyllo dough) and speciality coffees.


The walls are painted with bright vibrant colors for those who decide to dine in the eatery.

On the menu

• Shopska salad — Mix of diced tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and green peppers, toasted in a Mediterranean dressing and covered in crumbled feta cheese, $4.29

• Beef and lamb gyro — Sliced beef and lamb with lettuce, tomato, onion and Tzatziki sauce wrapped in pita bread, $5

• Adriatic sandwich — Smoked sausage, beef prosciutto, roasted red pepper spread, Provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise on a bun, $4.59

• Spanakopita — Chopped spinach, ricotta, cottage and feta cheeses mixed with eggs and seasoning, then baked in phyllo dough, $4

396 W. Pike St., Lawrenceville



Open since: Dec. 24, 2012

Owners: Wife-husband duo Fatime and Jakup Neziri

Location: The Adriatic Grill is located on West Pike Street, next to the former Citgo station heading into downtown Lawrenceville.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays, closed Mondays

Atmosphere: The interior is bright and vibrant because co-owner Jakup Neziri wanted a lot of color on the walls.

"When you work in the pastry business, it's about the colors -- a lot of colors makes you hungry," he said. "You are enjoying your food when you have more colors, like having flowers on the table."

The wall colors include green, orange and purple. Guests order at the counter, then take a seat in the small dining room. While waiting on the food, customers can watch as their food is cooked to order because the kitchen is open.

In the front of the store, there are glass display cases that hold the desserts. You can order the treat by the piece or by the whole cake. The desserts sell out fast in the morning, but more are replenished throughout the day.

With the warmer weather coming, Neziri is working on creating an outside dining area in the future.

Menu: The Adriatic Grill serves a mishmash of meals ranging from pastries to burgers to traditional gyros.

"With our background of growing up in Europe, we make some unique food that you can't find other places," Neziri said. "We started with pastries."

The menu has expanded to homemade sausage links, cakes and stuffed phyllo dough -- all made from scratch on a daily basis.

"Our desserts are European-oriented," Neziri said. "Starting from the Czech Republic to Germany to Croatia, Albania, Turkey and Greece. Since I lived all over Europe, I was able to try a lot. When I opened this place, I wanted to bring a dish from each country here."

Some of the desserts include a Schwarzald cake, a cream cake with cherries from Germany, boem made with walnuts and hazelnuts, and sampita, Serbian meringue slices. Plus, the Adriatic serves speciality coffees to accompany the sweets.

If you don't have a sweet tooth, there are plenty of savory dishes to choose from, either wrapped in phyllo dough or on different types of buns.

The two house specialities are hard to find in other restaurants. One is the chevapi, skinless sausage links served on a Lepinja bun with onions. The other is the pljeskavica, which is an extra large beef patty served on the Lepinja bun with onions.

Thing you might not know: Jakup Neziri moved to the U.S. in 1998. He is originally from Bosnia.


Adriatic Grill

Adriatic Grill