Aladdin’s Mediterranean Grill and Deli isn’t the easiest restaurant to find. Perhaps the most straightforward way would be to head onto Highway 400 and exit west on exit 6. Head to Roswell Road, and then head north. Pass the 3 Dollar Cafe and go perhaps 1-2 more blocks. On your right will be a mall area with a Publix supermarket. Turn in there. There are a series of disconnected strip mall pieces. On the far left of one of those pieces is Aladdin’s.

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Inside, it’s set up for speed and efficiency. You face a cash register and you order there. Behind the register are two skewers with thick chunks of meat as large around as a tree trunk. One appears to be beef, the other chicken. The skewers are a part of a shawarma rotisserie; beef and chicken shawarma are the meals of choice here. The beef and chicken can be found in inexpensive sandwiches and also in platters. Food delivery is fast. If you don’t have it by the time you order, you can sit and they’ll call out your order when ready.

The crowd is a mix of professionals, and people of Middle Eastern and South Asian descent. There are more than a few Blackberries being openly used here. People were coming and going throughout my stay. It’s obvious the “locals” have found this place.

I started with a lentil soup, which was colored with turmeric, had hints of curry spices and was really good.

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The soup was refreshing enough I almost didn’t hear them call out my order, a shawarma platter with two meats.

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While the chicken was good, the beef was better, rich in spices and delicious.  The hummus was good, the bread and rice soft and tasty. Aladdins isn’t expensive at all. It would be easy to get out with a drink and a sandwich and pay less than 10 dollars. But in this section of town, it would be hard to get this much flavor in this price range. For that reason, I consider Aladdins a bit of a ‘find’. There is really nothing like it in the local vicinity. For those in the area wanting a lot of flavor served reasonably fast, this place delivers.

Verdict: Inexpensive, flavorful meals. Very Highly Recommended.

Aladdin’s Mediterranean Grill and Deli
8725 Roswell Rd
Sandy Springs, GA 30350
(770) 518-9288

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