Two for Twenty: Aladdin’s Eatery is health, budget friendly

Aladdin’s Eatery welcomes you with wishes for sahtain, which is loosely translated from Arabic as “double good health.” The bright, comfortable restaurant prides itself on serving traditional Lebanese dishes with “awareness and concern regarding health and nutrition,” according to the menu. Many items are suitable for vegetarians and even for vegans, and there are gluten-free options, as well. Two people on a tight budget of $20 — the meal plus tax and tip — can eat very well at Aladdin’s. Whether you’re looking for a snack, such as a fresh fruit smoothie ($3.25) and a cup of soup ($3.75), or a full lunch or dinner, you’ll be able to stay within your financial limits and still enjoy yourself. Even while being careful with your money, you can choose from 11 appetizers, seven pita pizzas, 22 rolled pita sandwiches, six of the salads, or any of the five salad pockets (pitas stuffed with fillings such as chicken salad, hummus, or tabouli).   THE BLADE/MARY BILYEU     The Mujadara Pocket ($7.45) was so generous that I couldn’t finish it all, and my dinner companion ate a good portion of the dish even after finishing his Spicy Beef Kafta rolled pita sandwich ($7.25). Mujadara is a dish of lentils and rice topped with crispy onions, and it was served on top of fresh mixed greens, all within the pita. The kafta featured char-grilled spiced beef with onions, herbs, tomatoes, and onions, as well as hot sauce and a tahini yogurt dressing. Our waiter, Ben, was very friendly, as well as patient; it took several visits to the table for us to decide what we wanted, with so many enticing options available to us even while eating on a budget. While Aladdin’s does feature a beautiful display case filled with luscious, rich desserts, it’s easy to eat with health in mind while perusing all the dishes. Such Middle Eastern favorites as grape leaves, falafel, shish kabob, shawarma, and fattoush are all waiting for you. Two people can easily eat for $20 at Aladdin’s Eatery, and still enjoy a hearty, delicious meal. Aladdin’s Eatery is at 4038 Talmadge Rd. For more information: 419-472-8004, aladdinseatery.com. Read more at...

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Healthful culinary adventure at Aladdin’s

Be not afraid of giving Aladdin’s Eatery a try, even if you don’t know falafel from kibbie, or shawarma from baba gannouj. The knowledgeable staff at this Lebanese-American chain restaurant, which opened in November at The Strip, is eager to casually explain the menu items, their preparation and their ingredients. Think of it as a culinary adventure. People on vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets will find much to celebrate here. I visited Aladdin’s last Saturday afternoon with a friend, and we had a satisfying sampling of the cuisine, which seems genuinely healthful. According to general manager Stacey Biggs, the fare is all fresh and prepared on premises — soups, salad dressings, hummus, everything — with no preservatives or additives. The Vegetarian Combo appetizer ($12.95) serves as a primer of sorts, containing such staple items as hummus (pureed chickpeas, tahini and lemon juice) and baba gannouj (pureed fire-roasted eggplant, garlic, lemon juice, tahini and olive oil). Both creamy dips are perfect with pita bread. Also on the platter were four felafel patties — chick peas and split fava beans blended with fresh parsley, onions, cumin and garlic, rolled into balls then deep-fried in peanut oil to a winning, non-greasy crispness and well paired with Aladdin’s house-made yogurt dressing (think hushpuppies). Rounding out the sampler were two dawali (grape leaves stuffed with chickpeas, rice, parsley and tomatoes), and a mound of zesty tabouli (chopped parsley, bulgar, tomatoes, onions and lemon juice). Such an array of flavors and textures, and we were just getting started. Aladdin’s Favorite Combo ($13.75) had a pile of exemplary seasoned brown rice and vermicelli topped with a grilled organic-chicken tender, four chunks of grilled marinated steak from a shish kabob, and a delicious piece of grilled beef kafta, which is lean ground beef mixed with parsley, onion, garlic and cumen formed into a sausage-shaped link. Also on the plate was a spring mix salad with arugula, baby kale, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers; I’d recommend the yogurt dressing. Aladdin’s also has a wondrous hot sauce, made from fresh peppers, garlic and olive oil that can enhance many items depending on your yearning for heat. Our third item was the Mujadara Plate ($10.25), which is vegan and gluten-free, sizable and very filling. It is...

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Aladdin’s Eatery serves up natural, fresh fare

There are no magic carpet rides or Genie’s at Aladdin’s Eatery, but from the decor to the food, one would believe there could be. “The magic is in the food,” said Stacey Biggs, general manager of the restaurant that opened last month at The Strip. “We serve fresh Lebanese American food. There aren’t any cheeseburgers and fries, but we offer our customer healthy cuisine. That is kind of our claim to fame here.” The menu is full of dishes marked vegan or vegetarian. Among them are the restaurant’s humus, a creamy blend of pureed chickpeas, Tahiti, fresh lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil for $6.35; Louble Bzeit, made of Italian green beans sautéed with onions, fresh whole garlic cloves, Pomodoro sauce and extra virgin olive oil for $6.45; and Falafel, with crispy Falafel patties, tomato slices and Tahiti yogurt dressing for $6.45. All are vegan and all are served with pita bread on the side. Thinking outside of the vegan box, customers can get a Kibbie Plate of croquettes of lean beef and bulgur filled with onions and roasted pine nuts served with greens, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and Kalamata olives for $12.85; a Mediterranean Beef Kafta Plate with links of lean beef mixed with onions, parsley, herbs and spices served with seasoned brown rice with vermicelli, roasted pine nuts and almonds, and cinnamon, $13.85; and Mujadara Plate with steamed lentils and brown rice topped with Lebanese Salata and crispy browned onions for $10.95. “We are very familiar with gluten free diets too, so for people who are gluten free, the menu lists all the dishes,” Biggs said. Gluten free dishes include Aladdin’s Shish Kabob, grilled lean beef tenderloin for $13.95; fire-grilled marinated tender cuts of lamb for $14.75; and grilled seasoned chicken thigh for $11.95. “Our food is all prepared from scratch with no additives or preservatives. There is really something for everyone here. Even if you are a picky eater, you will find something on the menu.” She explained that the food is not low calorie, but it is all fresh and diners can feel confident that everything on the menu is natural and fresh. There are no secret ingredients, and a full list of nutrition facts are available at www.aladdinseatery.com. The...

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Aladdin’s Eatery new options pair health with flavor in Lebanese/American food

Zoe Lucy, assistant manager at Aladdin’s Eatery in Mentor, is shown with some new menu items; the Lebanese Salata now made with quinoa, the popular Jasmine’s Favorite now made with brown, instead of, white rice and the Tropical Storm smoothie with kale. Trading her stethoscope for fava beans, Daad Chamoun has managed to transfer her passions and skills from the medical field to her leadership in the restaurant world. She came to the United States from Lebanon in 1985, where she worked as a registered nurse. It was the people-to-people contact and helping people to find healthier ways of living that kept her interest and which she wanted to apply elsewhere. Now she owns and runs two branches of the Cleveland-area-based Aladdin’s Eatery, and she has the chance to employ those passions. “I like to make people at ease,” she said. She speaks about her patrons as guests in her restaurant rather than customers, taking a genuine interest in teaching people how to eat differently. “On our menus we have printed, ‘Come as a customer, leave as a friend,’ ” she said. “I really like that.” Members of her family started the franchise in the early ’90s in Lakewood. Now there are 30 stores, including one in Washington, D.C., one to open in Boca Raton, Fla., at the end of this month and a new store in Canton expected to open in the fall. She said when she first took over the Mayfield and Mentor stores in 2011, she had to explain to people what hummus was. She used to pass out samples to get people to try different foods. Now, she said, people have a wider taste palate and are willing to talk about how to incorporate health into their meals. “Lebanese food is healthy food,” she said. She also places great importance on the sources from which her food comes: free-range chickens, fresh vegetables and nothing processed whatsoever. Now Aladdin’s restaurants are offering brown rice in their dishes, including the popular Jasmine’s Favorite, a medley of cooked beans, vegetables and rice, seasoned with a blend of herbs and spices served with homemade Tahini Yogurt or hot sauce on the side. Kale, arugula and quinoa — foods touted for their high nutritional value — are now...

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Five for Friday: Shelley Underwood offers up her favorite healthy, hip eats

Admit it. The holidays weren’t even over, and you were already thinking detox. It’s cool. “New Year’s Resolutionaries” do it every year: they hit Google for diet fads, rekindle the on-again off-again love affair with their gym, and ponder healthier eats—all while hoping to continue the enjoyment of dining out that the holidays encourage. But what about just eating that way all the time? And enjoying it? Shelley Underwood gets it. Always has. She was way ahead of the healthy, hip and global dining curve in Cleveland when she opened the esteemed Johnny Mango World Café and Bar in Ohio City 18 years ago. Where do chefs and foodies and others go when they want some good chow, or to shop, uncover some cool gadgets or hard-to-find ingredients, or maybe just kick back and grab a drink? Welcome to Five for Friday — a weekly look at where Northeast Ohioans find their favorite indulgences, and the treats they like the most. Named for a fictional world traveler, Johnny Mango was a trendsetter for healthy, vegetarian and vegan options and fresh fruit and vegetable juices in Cleveland. Outside of Tommy’s on Coventry, no one was doing anything remotely close. Underwood helped set the bar for the city’s current dining scene—notably opening in Ohio City before it was considered a hip dining destination; offering complex, global flavors in what had been a burgers-wings-and-beer town, and running a “smoke-free” establishment long before the laws caught up to her. But to hear her tell it, Johnny Mango wasn’t a plan to turn dining in Cleveland at the time on its ear. It all came from a love of street food, complex flavors and clean, healthy eating. “I’m vegan and have been for two years,” she told Cleveland.com last week. “And I’ve been vegetarian forever. [Meat] has just never really been my thing… we are all dairy-free and mostly gluten-free at my house. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t love really good food, or don’t like to eat! Just the opposite.” She caters to the like-minded and, yes, even meat-eaters. And she does so quite effectively. Underwood gave us her favorite five-plus fresh-and-healthy eats stops in the area, in her own words: Aladdin’s Eatery (multiple locations; www.aladdinseatery.com). Love, love, three-times-a-week love Aladdin’s. My husband and I go [to the Westlake/Crocker...

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Consistency and Quality Guaranteed: Aladdin’s Eatery Offers Tasty, Healthy, and Natural Meals

919 Magazine  Nothing beats Aladdin’s Eatery in Bier Creek for authentic and fresh Middle Eastern cuisine made and served with pride. “Aladdin’s Eatery always provides tasty, healthy and natural meals to all of our customers,” said Dana Adel Chaya, general manager. “Consistency and quality are...

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Enjoy tastes from the East at restaurant in the Alle-Kiski Valley

The prospect of eating at a rare Middle Eastern restaurant in the Alle-Kiski Valley prompted us to bend our rule against chain restaurants and try Aladdin’s Eatery. We were quickly charmed by the comfortable interior, excellent service and fresh ingredients. The Ohio-based chain has about 30 locations in all, including four others in Western Pennsylvania. The franchise got its start in the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood when Fady and Sally Chamoun tired of operating Little Caesar’s pizza shops and opened a Lebanese diner instead. ATMOSPHERE Don’t come to Aladdin’s expecting to be transported to a movie set with wildly colorful pillows and carpets, magic lamps and turbaned men smoking hookah water pipes. With its decor of mellow shades of brown, gold and red, polished wood tables, intriguing light fixtures, servers clad in white and bright interior with a wall of windows, Aladdin’s could easily be mistaken for a trendy sandwich shop on a college campus. Although it occupies a smallish storefront next to Walmart, the restaurant has about 20 tables and booths on the ground floor plus seating on an upper level that appeared unused on both of our visits. It also boasts a small outdoor patio with another 10 or so tables. MENU With its greeting of “sahtain” — an Arabic wish for good health and a good meal — the menu stresses healthful eating. Many options are vegetarian, vegan and/or gluten-free. Everything from the raw juices to the entrees featured fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. For those unfamiliar with Middle Eastern food or overwhelmed by the extensive menu, we recommend starting with the Vegetarian Combo ($12.25, plus 65 cents for a side of hot sauce). This appetizer includes several of the most well-known dishes that are available as individual appetizers: generous scoops of hummus (a dip of pureed chickpeas), baba ganoush (pureed eggplant) and tabouli (a salad of tomatoes, herbs and cracked wheat) plus four plum-sized falafel (fried patties made from mildly spiced chickpeas and fava beans) and two small dawali (grape leaves stuffed with rice, chickpeas and tomatoes). The hummus was mild, smooth and creamy, while the baba ganush had a chunkier texture and a bright flavor, thanks to the lemon juice and garlic. The falafel, with their crisp exterior and well-seasoned filling, was...

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More restaurants, grocers, food makers jump on gluten-free bandwagon

Industry is catering to people with celiac disease. Cassie Paullin is a gluten-free trailblazer of sorts. The wellness coordinator for the 18-store Heinen’s supermarket chain has fought the last 10 years to make gluten-free items and education available in the grocer’s locations in Ohio and Illinois. “I just saw a need with my customers in my store,” Ms. Paullin said. She remembers one of her first customers was a mother of two teenagers who had just been diagnosed with celiac disease — a disease that damages the small intestine and is triggered by eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Ms. Paullin spent four hours casing the store with the woman, educating her on its gluten-free products. As the ranks of people diagnosed with celiac disease has risen dramatically in recent years, so, too, has the interest of food producers, retailers and restaurants in Northeast Ohio in meeting the needs of customers who must adhere to gluten-free diets. Just last month, J.M. Smucker Co. in Orrville completed for an undisclosed price the acquisition of Enray Inc., a company in Livermore, Calif., that sells gluten-free pastas, grains and cookies under the truRoots brand. Maribeth Burns, vice president of corporate communications for Smucker, said Smucker plans to use the new products as a launching platform for what it recognizes as a rapidly growing gluten-free market. Smucker is not the only company bulking up its supply of gluten-free products. Pierre’s Ice Cream Co. in Cleveland offers 24 celiac-friendly flavors of ice cream in addition to its gluten-free frozen yogurt and sorbet offerings. Two months ago, Pierre’s introduced a new gluten-free treat for the summer, its “¡Hola Fruta!” fruit bars, said Laura Hindulak, vice president of marketing. “We feel everyone deserves a treat, so Pierre’s is excited to offer so many options for its ice cream fans,” she said. At Heinen’s, Ms. Paullin remains an advocate for her customers who require gluten-free diets. Today, any customer can call and schedule a tour with a wellness consultant at their closest Heinen’s location. Although the grocer’s marketing department designates each mainstream manufacturer’s gluten-free products with a brown gluten-free sticker and Heinen’s stores feature sections of exclusively gluten-free items, the tours teach shoppers how to make balanced meals...

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Aladdin’s Eatery- The secret to their success: caring about their customers

By Stephanie Shep, Gluten Free Happy Serving Fresh, Healthy Cuisine and Treating You like Family Since 1994. An outstanding Lebanese/American restaurant with 30 locations in the US. Over 70 vegetarian/vegan options, and a huge (delicious) gluten free offering. © 2013 Gluten Free...

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Best Mediterranean: Aladdin’s Eatery

Poll voters giving the nod to Aladdin’s likely appreciate the take-out convenience and full eat-in, wine-and-beer-pouring service of this casual chain, whose several bright and upbeat Columbus links always seem to be bustling with happy customers. Respondents certainly dig Aladdin’s fresh and healthy-minded large menus whose selections cover all the popular hummus, tabouli and baba ganoush bases but also include less commonplace options like Loubie Bzeit (a tomato and green bean stew) and a nifty Middle Eastern take on a grilled tuna steak sandwich (Tuna Shawarma Rolled). Best Mediterranean runners-up: Lavash Cafe, Big Fat Greek Kuzina Columbus...

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Eat Healthy, Eat Good… and lose 150lbs in 8 Months

Aladdin’s Eatery in Toledo boasts the tagline: “Eat Healthy, Eat Good.” Nick Chamoun, who purchased the franchise in 2007, validates the “healthy” part. Over the last eight months, he experienced significant weight loss thanks to his own restaurant. “I lost 150 pounds eating healthy at Aladdin’s,” Nick said. “I’m eating the same plate every day: Fattoush with chicken with no pita chips.” But healthy options aren’t all Aladdin’s is known for, the restaurant’s Lebanese food, specialties, gourmet desserts and personal atmosphere also play a role in its popularity. Nick’s franchise is on of 29 Aladdin’s in the United States, all of which boast a diverse selection of Middle Eastern dishes. Most popular at the Toledo location is Aladdin’s Famous Combo, a sampler platter with kafta, beef, chicken, rice and salad. Nick’s Lebanese wine and beer options also attract guests. On an unhealthy note, so do the desserts. Aladdin’s gourmet cakes are a best seller. Newest on the list is Baklava Cheesecake. Nick stresses that as far as flavors go “Everything is good.” But most people visit his restaurant because of the healthy options Middle Eastern cuisine offers. “The people who care about healthy, they come here every day,” he said. And he’s not kidding. Some guests visit for lunch daily and eat the exact same meal. Others have their favorite Aladdin’s dishes regularly catered for corporate events. Authentic offerings and a health-conscious community help get guest in he door. But Nick says it’s Aladdin’s personal atmosphere that keeps them coming back. Nick puts effort into remaining visible to guests, most of who he knows by name. “I treat people as a family, and when you treat people as a family, they will come back to you all the time,” he added. Anyone who would like to be a part of this “family” – or see the effects of healthy eating – can head to Aladdin’s where Nick is sure to greet them at the door, 150-pounds lighter. His goal is to make it...

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Aladdin’s rolls out the magic carpet of food

There are few places that can satisfy the vegetarian as well as meat-lover tastes than Aladdin’s Eatery. Fady and Sally Chamoun’s first Lebanese-American restaurant opened in Lakewood in 1994 has blossomed into more than two dozen locations in five states and, fortunately for us on the west shore, there’s one right at Crocker Park. The lightly stained wood tables and chairs gives an inviting feeling along with ceiling-hung oval light sheers that nicely mute the track lighting. The mirrored wall above the cushioned bench seating gives a larger feel to this quaint establishment. Now let’s roll into the menu. The V-Nine Soup ($3.45) is something not to miss. This delicious tomato and veggie-based soup has vegetables so huge, they give a new name to CHUNKY. There’s nothing like a little Hummos ($5.95) to get a meal started. A pureed blend of chickpeas, tahini and lemon and garnished with sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, olive oil, parsley and served with pita. Loving a good salad I had to try the Lamb Salad ($11.95). Its a crispy bed of mixed greens with tomatoes, cucumbers, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, scallions, and then topped with cubes of marinated grilled lamb and served with your choice of dressing. It’s a really superb meal. Speaking of dressing, Aladdin’s dedicates a whole page of their menu just to describe their homemade dressings in detail, a nice touch for the curious diner. The Chicken Dijon Rolled Pita ($5.75) is a favorite of my wife. Tender marinated char-grilled chicken with tomatoes, onion and Honey Dijon dressing all rolled up in a lightly toasted pita. The thought of it makes me want to run out and get one. We always order the Mujadara Plate ($9.75), a bed of steamed lentils and brown rice topped with Lebanese Salata and finished with thinly sliced fried onions. It’s a wonderful blend of flavors. We usually order it so everyone can have a share. Aladdin’s Lebanese Salata (salad) is a delicious blend of chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, scallions, onions and parsley mixed with olive oil. lemon and herbs. You’ll find it on many dishes. Shish Kabob Plate ($12.95) is a char-grilled lean beef tenderloin served with seasoned white rice and vermicelli and topped with pine nuts, almonds and just...

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A Fresh, Healthy (And Tasty) Alternative Offered By Aladdin\’s Eatery

By Jessica Feuerstein, Cleveland Culture & Events Examiner Rockside Road in Independence is always a busy, crowded place. Full of businesses and shops, there is rarely a time when this area isn’t bustling, especially with the recent addition of a new plaza with a Winking Lizard, Melt, and Panera Bread. There are certainly plenty of dining choices around Rockside Road, but one small, inconspicuous restaurant provides delicious, unique dishes in a pleasant atmosphere that feels entirely separate from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the Rockside area. Aladdin’s Eatery offers a large selection of Lebanese and Mediterranean dishes, all made with extremely fresh ingredients, and a friendly, welcoming staff as well for an all around enjoyable dining experience. Those who aren’t familiar with Lebanese and Mediterranean food may be intimidated by Aladdin’s large menu full of difficult to pronounce items. Luckily, many of the items are described in detail and other handy definitions for dishes are provided at the front of the menu. Those who are familiar with some of the dishes will find all their favorites: hummos, baba ghanoush, falaffel, stuffed grape leaves, lentil soup, tabouli, and much more just for starters. Aladdin’s offers a large selection of dishes, many vegetarian friendly and many non-vegetarian friendly. Their Rolled Pitas are outstanding, filled with varieties of chicken and beef, turkey, and more. Vegetarian Rolled Pitas include ones filled with hummos, baba ghanoush, falaffel, and more. Other pita based dishes include Pita “Pitzas”, large pieces of pita bread piled high with fresh toppings and baked liked a pizza, and Pita Pockets, which are soft pitas filled with a salad mix and other toppings of your choice. Other specialties include their chilis and soups; Aladdin’s offers their patented Len-Chili, a bowl that is half Lentil soup and half chili. They also offer Chicken Chili, and Vegetarian Chili, for those looking for something a little different. The Vegetarian Chili has a nice kick without being extremely spicy and the red kidney beans add a nice flavor to the tomato base, and the Baba Ghanough has a hint of lemon that is very pleasant. The mint tea is very enjoyable, since the mint is not overpowering. All of the menu items are made with fresh ingredients,...

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Fox 8 Hot Summer Diets for 2011

With bathing suit season quickly approaching, Fox 8 is getting the skinny on hot summer dieting trends. Mediterranean Diet A Lakewood eatery is on the brink of a fitness craze! Aladdin’s Eatery offers a taste of the Mediterranean. According to a recent study by the Mayo Clinic, of 1.5 million healthy adults, the Mediterranean Diet improved their heart health, in addition to reducing risk for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. The Mediterranean Diet focuses on eating fresh fruits, vegetables and fish, using olive oil instead of butter and you can even drink wine on...

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Fairlawn-Bath Patch

Aladdin’s Eatery will open a restaurant sometime this spring in the West Market Plaza (next to Panera) at 3879 Medina Road, according to Tina Lattouf, a representative at the company’s corporate office in Lakewood. The restaurant is known for its hummos, tabouli, falaffel, and other Mediterranean dishes made from fresh ingredients. The Fairlawn location will be the second in the greater Akron area and the 12th in Northeast...

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The Oberlin Review

Out with Coffee, In with Falafel While Oberlin was in recess for Winter Term, Aladdin’s Eatery; a Middle Eastern restaurant franchise, moved in to the space formerly inhabited by Java Zone. Aladdin’s Eatery had scouted Oberlin as a prospective location for some time before having the opportunity to expand its franchise here, Jamie Samaha, executive assistant to the president and CEO of Aladdin’s Eatery Systems, Inc., said via e-mail.” Our president, Fady Chamoun, has had his eye on Oberlin for the last five years. It’s his favorite college town, where he feels that customers appreciate our concept and our food. Then the opportunity came when Java Zone became available.” The Review was unable to reach Sami Ahwal, the former owner of Java Zone, for comment. Samaha said, “We have always aimed for college towns because we like to educate our customers about our cuisine, and students in general are open to explore new tastes and are health conscious.” “[Aladdin’s Eatery] fits in with the kind of business that the downtown development plan and zoning code likes to see happen in downtown,” Boyle said. “We’re excited to have them in downtown.” Aladdin’s accepts Obie Dollars and plans to launch its full menu, which will include over 40 vegetarian and vegan items, within the next few...

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Scene Magazine: Best Middle Eastern

A smart spin on the fast-casual concept, Aladdin’s combines well-prepared Middle Eastern standards with a sharp focus on health and nutrition, making its many fans feel both virtuous and well fed. And should that dinner of fresh-squeezed carrot juice, silken hummus, and lentil soup leave you feeling a little snug, there’s always that toothsome baklava waiting to take you down a peg or...

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Aladdin’s: Delicious food for the health-conscious

Columbus, Ohio is considered to be a microcosm of the United States in terms of food consumption. The city is used as a test market for many new restaurants, and this can be evidenced by the overload of dining establishments then seem to appear daily. Unfortunately, most of these establishments seem to be focused on over-the-top, gluttonous dishes rather than portioned, healthy meals. With such a multitude of unhealthy options, it is seeminly daunting to eat out while still eating healthy. There are, however, many restaurants that champion healthy dishes while still maintaining a delicious flavor. Aladdin’s, with several locations around Columbus, offers an amazing selection of both healthy and delectable dishes, with their intention being to “provide customers with unique natural foods of the Middle East” and to “cater to increased awareness and concern regarding health and nutrition”. according to their website. Traditional Middle Eastern cuisine, with commonly consumed items such as olives, sesame seeds, chickpeas and parsley, is among the healthiest and diverse in the world. Middle Eastern food is influenced by the sundry surrounding cultures, and is most closely tied with the Mediterranean diet. A Google search quickly informs one that the Mediterranean diet is like superfood for the body, and especially for the heart. Not only does Aladdin’s perfectly represent Middle Eastern cuisine, but they use quality ingredients. Almost everything is made from scratch. Their hummos, a stable of any Middle Eastern diet, rival that of any restaurant around the city. They have over ten different salads from which to choose for vegans and vegetarians, and excellent specialty plates for meateaters. The Mediterranean Lamb Plate is a must for any (meat-eating) Aladdin’s visitor, with its unique combination of cinnamon, lamb, rice, and a tahini yogurt dressing. Aladdin’s beverage section truly stands out and sets them apart from most other establishments. They offer seemingly endless selections of natural, raw juices, with combinations ranging from “Carrot Apple” to “Honeymooner” (carrot, grape and cucumber). Overall, Aladdin’s is impressive because they offer amazingly healthy food that is rich and satisfying. They have several locations in Columbus; they can be viewed on their...

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The Plain Dealer: A-List Restaurant

Aladdins Eatery: various locations in Northeast Ohio, 216-226-2020, aladdinseatery.com This Lakewood-based Lebanese-American chain has 26 stores across five states, each a bright, cheerful and stylish cafe. Meat eaters have plenty of choices, but the real thrills are the earthy grains, greens and spices of Middle Eastern cooking. Expect an enormous selection of soups, fresh-squeezed juices, wraps, salads, sandwiches and pita pitzas. Dont miss the mujadara- seasoned lentils and rice with mint and toasted onion. Also check out Restaurant games online for cool restaurant themed...

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Aladdin’s Eatery in Columbus, Ohio

If you are driving through Columbus, Ohio or a resident looking for a good place to eat, go to Aladdin’s Eatery located at 2931 North High Street, Columbus, OH, 43202, in Grandview. Aladdin’s is one of the most popular hot spots in Columbus, Ohio for Mediterranean cuisine on the go or for a sit-down meal. It is located within a little plaza and walking distance to various stores, a theatre and restaurants. The interior is very nice and has good lighting and atmosphere; thanks to plenty of windows and the lovely music playing in the background. This is a casual place which contains a hint of rich and exoticness. It’s easy to feel comfortable, laid back and relaxed. The dining area is a reasonable size, and people of all ages and ethnicity enjoy the food here. It is the best place to go if you are looking for a healthy place to eat or somewhere to please strict vegetarians in your group. Aladdin’s has a great variety of foods and delicious desserts. The service Aladdin’s has a good reputation for excellent and friendly service. Your first experience there won’t be your last. The waitresses/waiters are friendly and very knowledgeable about the meals served. The menu is full of different delicious meals and appetizers that will satisfy your taste buds. All of the meals are generously proportioned. You won’t find a dish that you won’t like. Aladdin’s Eatery is famous for providing healthy foods with a wide variety of tasty and vegetarian-friendly meal options, but the extensive menu offers something for everyone, even the meat lovers. Aladdin’s uses the freshest ingredients and a wonderful variety of spices and seasonings for a low-cost. The food is not too heavy or greasy and you will leave Aladdin’s feeling good and not tired. They also have amazing desserts. When finished with your main course the waiter asks you if you would like any dessert. They guide you to the dessert case full of different varieties of mouthwatering desserts; you’ll have a hard time deciding which one you want. You will see varieties of cheesecakes, cookies and other little treats. After you finish your dessert you will want to take some home with you. So if you ever come...

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Aladdin’s Eatery

Aladdin’s restaurant in Squirrel Hill has enjoyed a loyal following since its opening. The food is fresh, the restaurant is clean, and the service is good on a consistent basis. What most people don’t know however, is that Aladdin’s Eatery is a chain. Founded in 1994 by Fady and Sally Chamoun, their dream has become a highly successful business promoting health and friendliness. Following high standards, philosophies and basic fundamentals, Aladdin’s Eatery restaurants enjoy satisfied customers who always come back for more. (Source AladdinsEatery.com) The success of the restaurant has grown to over 30 locations on the East Coast. Contributing to the success is the exactness in which the meals are prepared. No matter which location you choose, you can count on your humus platter being the same. Customers like consistency. I always order the humos (as spelled in their menu) and tabouli. We often order extra pita to help us lap up the olive oil on the plate. The tabouli (A delicate mixture of parsley, onions, cracked wheat and tomatoes seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, lemon and herbs) is tasty as well. The lemon is refreshing, and clean tasting; almost like a palate cleanser. Other appetizers include: Kibbie, (beef with bulgar wheat), Baba, (pureed eggplant and tahini) Foole M Damas (puree of fava beans, garlic and olive oil, served with pita). It’s easy to finish off the appetizers; they’re light and refreshing. Entrees include, salads, pita pizzas, salad specialties, rolled pitas, and restaurant specialties. If you’re a vegetarian, you’re going to be one happy camper! Half the menu is meat free, and there are plenty of protein-substitutes to choose from. The pita pizzas are a nice choice and consist of a small amount of olive oil, feta cheese and a combination of chicken, lamb and other vegetables. There are all kinds of combinations here; use your imagination and make an original! The rolled pitas are also good- grilled meat or falafel, with lettuce, vegetables and tahini-yogurt dressing. If you’re looking for something more substantial, try the Mediterranean Lamb Plate- tender strips of marinated char-grilled lamb, served with seasoned white rice with vermicelli, topped with sauteed pine nuts, almonds, and cinnamon. You can opt for Garlic Sauce or Tahini Yogurt dressing. Desserts are...

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Sun Post Herald: Aladdin’s Offers Healthy Meals That Are Easy On The Wallet

Looking to eat healthier? Looking to eat more vegetarian meals or eat more adventurously? Need something quick and easy on your wallet? Consider the award winning Aladdin’s Eatery, which has garnered honors in all these categories and then some. Despite the tempting array of cheesecakes and other desserts greeting customers at the front of the store, your health is of vital interest to Aladdin’s founder Fady Chamoun. Aladdin’s forgoes trans-fats for olive oil, for example, and offers dozens of vegetarian and vegan items. Having gotten his start with the Little Caesar’s pizza franchise in Michigan, Chamoun felt the American public was ready for food that was fast, fresh, nutritious, and a little more adventurous. He knew that his family’s native Lebanese cuisine embodied all of these qualities. Since opening the original Aladdin’s in Lakewood in 1994, Chamoun has expanded his restaurant franchise to 29 locations all over the United States. The hummos ($5.95) is an excellent way to start your meal. It will easily serve two to four as an appetizer. Try it with a side of house-made hot sauce (60 cents). Parents looking to break out of the processed chicken nugget and French fry rut will be glad to see kids’ menu choices like grilled chicken tenders with fresh fruit ($4.95) or the grilled cheddar cheese pita with fresh fruit ($4.75). Our fruit was ripe and freshly cut, a mixture of kid-friendly banana, melon, and grapes. Aladdin’s various “pitzas” also make great appetizers or light entrees. They are like little Lebanese pizzas, with pita bread and olive oil instead of pizza dough and tomato sauce. Try the refreshing Greek pitza ($6.45) with feta cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, and kalamata olives, dusted with za’ater, an herb mixture popular in Middle Eastern cuisine. There are salads and salad pockets (served in pita bread) aplenty, including the fattoush, with toasted pita chips ($6.55), and fruit and nut salad ($5.95) that could serve as a light dessert. Those looking for something heartier will enjoy one of the delicious rolled pita sandwiches, such as the Aladdin’s lamb rolled with tomatoes, onions, turnips, and tahini-yogurt dressing ($6.95). Even more substantial are the Mediterranean plates ($12.95). Diners have their choice of marinated and grilled lamb or beef tenderloin served for a...

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The Plain Dealer: YUM! Cleveland-Area Sandwiches That Are To Die For

Aladdin’s Eatery 775 SOM Center Road, Mayfield, 440-684-1168 (Several other locations: Aladdinseatery.com) Talk about treasure-troves. The menu at Aladdin’s is packed with surprisingly taste fare that’s fresh, reasonably portioned for the relatively modest prices, and usually pretty healthful. Case in point: Aladdin’s mujadara (pronounced “moo-jah-DAH-rah”) pocket ($6.95). This vegetarian pita sandwich, served with your choice of dressing, is stuffed with a toothsome combination of lentils and rice, layered with mixed green salad and Lebanese tomato-and-cucumber salata, then topped with a flurry of toasted onions. Talk about veggie-loading. It’s delicious, satisfying, and pretty inexpensive- and you get to feel all virtuous to...

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