P S M AL L SHO - & - support local businesses Authentic Mediterranean Food Served Fresh in Edmond Ahmed Aladass is the manager at Jerusalem Mediterranean Bar and Grill. STORIES AND PHOTOS BY KRISTY STURGILL F rom chicken kabobs to hummus made from scratch, the Edmond community can enjoy an authentic Mediterranean meal at Jerusalem Mediterranean Bar and Grill. “I just like cooking I guess. Even when I was a teenager, I enjoyed helping my mom in the kitchen,” said Ahmed Aladass, the manager at the restaurant. The restaurant opened a little more than two years ago in Edmond, but Aladass ran a restaurant in Oklahoma City for eight years prior to moving. The cozy location has several booths and several tables, and it is located at 38 E 15th St. Aladass said the food at his restaurant is mostly Mediterranean, but it also includes some Greek influence. He makes every 12 September 2018 | The Business Times meal just like he would if he were still living in Jordan. Aladass moved to the United States 30 years ago in 1988. “We work to serve really good food here,” he said. “A lot of customers followed me from the other restaurants, and our food is always the same and always tastes great.” The favorite menu item includes a combination of beef, lamb, chicken, a veggie skewer, rice and a house salad. It’s almost as popular as the hummus. “Everyone loves the hummus because we make it from scratch and we sell a lot of it,” Aladass said. “I’d love for everyone to come here and give it a try.” “This place is consistently great every time. The food is amazing and the hummus and falafel are the best I’ve ever had. The people and service are wonderful. I highly recommend them,” said Rob Scott, in his review on Facebook. Patrons can choose from unique appetizer options like authentic spinach pie. It comes with two pieces of homemade dough baked, stuffed with fresh organic spinach, onion, lemon juice and olive oil. Spanakopita is crispy filo dough stuffed with spinach and feta cheese. Of course, there’s also the traditional gyro sandwich with gyro meat, lettuce, tomatoes, onion and pickles with cucumber sauce, wrapped with a hot pita bread. Lamb is also on the menu including lamb chops, lamb kabobs and lamb shanks. Each entree comes with a veggie kabob and a house salad.