Raad's Mediterranean Grill brings fresh-made family recipes from Lebanon to Grand Rapids' East Hills

A new Mediterranean restaurant wants to be your go-to place for freshly prepared recipes straight from Lebanon. The Raad family's authentic Greek and Lebanese cuisine has been tested and tasted at the family's first restaurant, Mediterranean Grills (6250 28th St. SE), for the past 10 years. Now they've opened Raad's Mediterranean Grill (962 Cherry St. SE) in East Hills in the former Bloom restaurant space.

Restaurant Manager Ashtin Raad, son of owners Linda Akkari and Ashtin Raad, Sr., says the extensive menu includes meat lovers, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free offerings.

"There are a lot of vegans and gluten-free diets in this area, and so we're creating a lot of those dishes," Raad says. "All of them are recipes from my mom and grandma. They recreated the best recipes for made-to-order foods at a fast pace."

The menu offers Greek gyros, salads, vegan plates, vegan desserts, traditional kabobs of lamb,  chicken, or beef, raw kibbeh, falafel, stuffed grapes leaves, shawarma, and more. Prices range from about $3 to $19.99.

Raad says the dining room needed just a small facelift to give it a Mediterranean feel.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The eatery also offers delivery to any place within one mile of the restaurant.

Source: Ashtin Raad, Raad's Mediterranean Grill
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor
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