A few weeks ago, we got together with Emily and Adam from Spatialdrift and enjoyed a really good supper at Ameer’s Mediterranean Grill. It’s in the center of a small strip mall on Briarcliff near Lavista, right next to Waikikie Hawaiian BBQ. It’s been on my radar for a few months, as JustJan from Staycation Atlanta recommended it to us, so when Emily tossed it up as an idea, I grabbed it.
Ages ago, at a Mediterranean place in Cobb County, a friend suggested that appetizer platters are the best way to get introduced to what all a restaurant can do. I almost never follow this advice, but I’m glad that I did here. The sampler platter here is amazingly cool. You get to customize it yourself – select five for just twelve dollars. Whether for the table or as an entree for yourself, as I mostly did, it’s a great value. I enjoyed falafel, grape leaves, and baba ghanoush, as I expected that I would, and one kebi stuffed with lamb, which I’d never tried before. I was not as keen on the foul modamas, which is a dish made from fava beans, garlic, olive oil, and parsley, but I’d never had fava beans before and was happy at least to try them.
Marie was not all that hungry, so she just had a bowl of a delicious lentil soup, but our friends brought a lot more food to the table. At Ameer’s, you can get some really nice combo meals. One of them features chicken and beef shawarma, falafels, cucumber and tomato salad, and hummus.
Also ordered: a bed of hummus topped with sauteed lamb in olive oil and pine nuts. Everything was really terrific; as much as I’ve enjoyed Mediterranean treats at restaurants around the city, this was definitely in the upper tier. It’s a no-frills experience in a very simple setting – and you might have to shout to be heard above the roar of the television, which was playing music videos from southeastern Europe while we were there – but I really enjoyed the complex flavors and the friendly staff. I wouldn’t mind another visit again sometime soon, but I was also reminded of how much I enjoyed – of all things – the macaroni salad at Waikikie the last time that I ate there. May have to stop by that place again before I swing by Ameer’s for another plate of baba ghanoush.
You can see all the restaurants that we have visited for our blog on this map, with links back to the original blog posts. It’s a terrific resource for anybody planning a road trip through the southeast!