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DEN: Mecca Grill

air | Nov 21, 2009 09:53 AM

Mecca Grill
270 S Downing Street,
Denver, CO 80209
Phone: (303) 722-4100
http://www.meccagrill.com/

This gem is pretty hard to spot, you wouldn't know this place exists as the sign is not very visible from the street. They were recommended by a friend who lives in the nearby neighborhood.

Particular standouts were the falafel and the lamb cubes. The falafels can be ordered as an appetizer, and I got a chance to try it from the vegetarian plate. Consistency of the falafel was perfect (crispy outside, soft inside) and it was bursting with flavor.

I ordered a 2 kabob entree plate with lamb cubes and the kafta kabob which is a ground beef/lamb mixture. They bring out a plate of hummus for each entree, so be prepared and come hungry - and it wouldn't surprise me if they'd be ok with subbing in baba ghanouj.
The kafta wasn't anything outstanding, but the lamb cubes were exceptional. Lean, very little (if any) grease, the marinade was not overbearing, and each bite had a slight char. The rice was warm, soothing and way too easy to eat. The hint of butter made me crave another bite, it's addictive.

As I was walking out I saw someone had ordered thinly sliced beef on top of their hummus. I also want to try out their knefeh. Definitely coming back here next time I'm in town. One more thing to take note: do not dine-in if you anticipate being in a rush, call ahead. The pace of the meal was very leisurely and there were long gaps in between getting drinks, the hummus, and the entrees.

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