STRONGSVILLE – A whole new world of flavors and friendship – that’s the treasure you’ll find when you feast at Aladdin’s Eatery.
This Lebanese-American eatery, in its second year at its Strongsville location at 15250 Pearl Road, is cooking up middle eastern, Mediterranean cuisine with a side of lasting friendship.
Regulars Lorie and Michael Ery, of Strongsville, recently stopped in one last time before moving back to their home state of Michigan. Growing up in the Dearborn area, they had become accustomed to this style of food, so when Aladdin’s Eatery opened in Strongsville last year, they were delighted to have a taste of home.
“I don’t get this food anymore so this became my favorite restaurant. I will miss this restaurant. We are moving back to Michigan and will be far away from Dearborn. So, we are hitting all our favorites before we move back, and we had to come here,” Lorie said.
“Maybe if I am in that area, I will bring food,” Aladdin’s General Manager Roula Tabet offered Lorie.
“Do you guys ship?” Michael chuckled.
“We are going to miss you,” Roula said, as she hugged Lorie and fought back her emotion.
Once they leave, Roula wiped her tears.
“That’s the main reason I enjoy my job. I enjoy every guest that comes here,” she said.
This is the culture and warmth you will find at any of Aladdin’s 40 locations, a family restaurant started by Fady and Sally Chamoun in 1994. The Strongsville location opened in June last year and carries on that tradition.
“This is how Lebanese people are, and we want to bring that type of culture to our restaurant,” Roula said. “Our guests are family.”
And she means that. When the store hosts special events, it even phones guests and invites them personally.
And so, it’s nothing but the best for family with healthy food that is made with love and cooked fresh from scratch using only the best quality meats and produce.
“We do not skimp on any product coming into the door. We really go quality over cost, so when you come in you are getting a home-cooked meal,” said Chiara Iannarelli, Aladdin’s Eatery area director.
Even the restaurant’s desserts are made locally, and its pita bread is baked in Aladdin’s own bakery – Jasmine Bakery – to ensure quality.
Popular dishes include tabouli, Mediterranean beef kafta, dawali, shawarma, hummus, fattoush salad, mujadara, kibbie, falafel, shish tawook and, of course, who can forget baklava. New to the menu is the superfood salad; the garlic, spinach and feta pitza, ultimate veggie rolled pita and spicy cauliflower.
Aladdin’s understands many have varying dietary needs and restrictions, so it does offer gluten-free and vegan options, and everything on the menu is labeled.
Chiara said she has worked for Aladdin’s for 16 years and it never gets old.
“I love helping to develop and guide and lead my teams. I have five restaurants I oversee, and it’s just fun. And, I love the fresh food,” she smiled. “I could eat it every day.”
For more information, visit aladdinseatery.com or call 440-238-8000. The Strongsville restaurant, located at 15250 Pearl Road, is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Online ordering is available at https://aladdinseatery-strongsville.patronpath.com/.