Shawarma Platter Thin slices of seasoned chicken slowly cooked on a rotisserie and served with basmati rice, Greek salad, warm pita and choice of sauce. $10

Grilled Salmon Char-grilled wild salmon seasoned with Mediterranean spices and served with basmati rice, Greek salad, warm pita and choice of sauce. $12

Grilled Vegetable Platter Zucchini, green bell peppers, squash, onions, tomatoes and mushrooms preseasoned with Mediterranean spices roasted and served with basmati rice and hummus. $10

Gyro Sandwich Thin slices of the roasted meat blend of beef and lamb cooked on a rotisserie and served on a warm pita with lettuce, tomatoes and choice of sauce. $6.30

Bass Bossa Sweet cake made from coconuts and semolina and soaked in simple honey syrup. $3

Olive Mediterranean Grill

755 Lawrenceville Suwanee Road, Suite 1710, Lawrenceville

770-513-9555

Open Since: Dec. 2014

Owners: The Deeb family of Tucker

Location: Olive Mediterranean Grill is located in the Village Shoppes at Creekside shopping center near the intersection of Lawrenceville Suwanee Road and Duluth Highway.

Hours: Olive Mediterranean Grill is open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Atmosphere: Olive Mediterranean Grill has a casual atmosphere with an open, spacious dining room with tables, booths and a cozy sitting area with a couch and chairs. There are two walls of windows filling the restaurant with natural light, and a few high-top tables positioned so customers can eat by the window. The decor is modeled after the Deeb home, so there are antiques and arabic accents throught the restaurant like a large gold tray, cups and coffee pot traditionally used for Arabic coffee service.

Owner Emad Deeb said his goal was to keep the pricing casual while offer an upscale dining experience when it comes to service. When patrons enter the restaurant, they first see the open kitchen situated behind a beautifully tiled bar with three flat screen TVs hanging above displaying the menu. Customers order at the register at the end of the bar and take a number, then a server delivers their meal.

Menu: Olive Mediterranean Grill offers authentic mediterranean style cuisine that’s a mixture of Greek and Arabic. According to Deeb, everything on the menu is made-to-order, so customers are able to substitute items and customize any dish to their liking. The Deeb family worked together to create the menu, keeping in mind different dietary restrictions — there are gluten-free, vegetarian menu options and all the meat is Halal. There are kid’s specials including chicken tenders with Greek potatoes or basmati rice and a drink. There is also a lunch combo offered Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $8.50 with a free drink.

A customer favorite is the Mixed Grill Platter that includes kufta kabob, which are pre-marinated charcoal broiled cubes of tender beef, slices of gyro meat and shish kabob, which is charcoal broiled ground sirloin of beef. The platter is served with basmati rice, Greek salad, warm pita and choice of sauce. Another popular dish is the Deep Fried Cod, wild codfish deep-fried with Mediterranean spices served with basmati rice, Greek salad, warm pita and choice of sauce. Olive Mediterranean offers delivery, takeout and catering services as well as being available for party rentals. The Shawarma Platter is a traditional Arabic dish with thin slices of seasoned chicken that’s slowly cooked on a rotisserie.

Something You Might Not Know: Owner Emad Deeb is originally from Palestine where he worked for many years in the fields of nuclear and systems engineering. When he immigrated to the U.S. about 15 years ago, he decided to change careers and enter the restaurant business. After 13 years of partnering, he made the decision to go out on his own and open Olive Mediterranean Grill. Deeb’s daughter Leanna is a Georgia Gwinnett College graduate, so she convinced him to choose a location near the college. Leanna said she was familiar with the area and felt it needed an authentic Mediterranean restaurant. Deeb, Leanna and Deeb’s son Mohamed worked hard for four months to get Olive Mediterranean Grill open and now work together to manage all areas of the restaurant.

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