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Modern Mediterranean

January 2016

Not sure if you’re in the mood for a gyro or a quesadilla? Luna Grill offers both – and much more on its diverse Mediterranean menu. The restaurant specializes in fresh fare ranging from falafel to gourmet salads, with most menu items made from scratch in-house daily. No pre-cooked or pre-heated kabobs here; only freshly prepared plates and sides.

Nicole Abraham, Vice President of Marketing for the California-based chain, says the restaurant is “luxe casual,” a mix between fast casual and full-service. “We want people to feel welcome and happy when they dine with us,” she says. “The general vibe is fun and warm, but what sets us apart is the quality of food. We use organic, all-natural ingredients.”

We love that Luna Grill has all-natural protein, free-range, vegetarian and vegan options (these classifications are noted on the menu along with calories for each item). There are even a few healthy selections for kids. But don’t think this place is strictly about clean eating; you can also crunch on some crispy fries, sip on a cold beer and indulge in a delightful dessert.

That’s what makes Luna Grill so appealing – it caters to all different types of appetites. When our group dropped in for lunch, the menu served us well. We started with the Spicy Cilantro Hummus. Served with pita bread or sliced veggies (we opted for the pita bread), it was flavorful and fiery. The Lemon Chicken Soup, with tender pieces of chicken, rice, and a hint of lemon, is also a hearty appetizer, especially on a chilly day.

For lunch, we enjoyed the Chicken Kabob plate, one of Luna Grill’s signature dishes. The generous portions of boneless chicken were juicy, well-seasoned and cooked to perfection. We ordered it with a side salad that consisted of mixed greens, cucumber, onion and tomato.

Luna Grill also offers a handful of wraps and gourmet salads, which can be topped with chicken, falafel, gyros meat or mahi mahi to create a healthy and satisfying meal. The Apple Walnut salad, a spring mix topped with slices of fresh seasonal apple, crumbled gorgonzola, candied walnuts and dried cranberries, is especially good with mahi mahi.

Beverage choices range from beer and wine to natural lemonade and organic iced tea. As for dessert, Luna Grill’s Mini Baklava is not to be missed. It’s crispy with just the right amount of sweetness.

The next time you face the dilemma of where to dine for lunch or dinner, the odds are good that you’ll find something you like at Luna Grill. This restaurant is putting its own flavorful spin on fresh Mediterranean food.

Southlake Style Magazine, January 2nd, 2016

Link original article: http://www.southlakestyle.com/2016/01/02/97764/modern-mediterranean