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Mediterranean Express vs. Mediterranean Garden Grill

AroundLAin80Days | Dec 2, 200502:25 PM

Located a block apart on Foothill Blvd. in Monrovia are two Mediterranean restaurants, both of which have plain-sounding names. What's the difference between them? Continue reading.

Mediterranean Express

The Express is the smaller of the two. Their slogan is "Healthy Fast Food". The layout inside is like that of a typical fast food place, where you order at a counter. The walls are painted in soothing yellow and orange tones. The radio is often tuned to KBIG or Jack FM, which means that you might have the pleasure of consuming your hummus to the sound of "Boogie Fever".

I usually get a combo plate with the chicken or beef kabob. The first time I ordered the falafels, I thought they were the best falafels I'd ever had, but subsequent orders have been disappointing. The swiss chard lentil soup has a nice lemony taste.

Mediterranean Garden Grill

The Garden Grill is more of a traditional restaurant. I like the atmosphere -- the tables are located in a covered patio, and the walls include large paintings of Lebanon scenery. You can rent a hookah pipe, if you're into that sort of thing. The proprietors are warm and friendly.

The salmon kabob is much better than the version at the Express. I also like the chicken kabob, whether in a combination plate or a salad. The falafels are consistently good. The menu accurately describes the lentil soup as "tangy" and "lemony."

Bottom line: If you're in the mood for something quick, go to the Express. If you want a leisurely meal with better food, go to the Garden Grill.

Mediterranean Express
445 Foothill Blvd.
Monrovia, CA

Mediterranean Garden Grill
335 Foothill Blvd.
Monrovia, CA

Link: http://www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/...

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