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Mecca Grill

270 S. Downing St. Denver, CO 80209 | South Denver | 303-722-4100

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The service is peculiar, and the droning music even weirder at Mecca Grill, a mini-mall storefront with a saffron-stained dining room that smells unmistakably of mothballs. But the food -- herby falafel, hummus, gyros, lemony fattoush, shawarma, kabobs and grape leaves -- is undeniably good. The best dish: the bold-flavored lamb shank, an extravagantly huge hunk of meat that arrives propped against a mound of fluffy rice scented with Mideast spices and submerged in a pungent soak of lamb-y juices, garlic, spices and tomatoes sweetened with carrots. This is an animalistic abundance that you'll wake up dreaming about -- and craving -- at 2 a.m.

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  • Cuisine(s): Liberian, Mediterranean
  • Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun 11 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Price: $$
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: None
  • Reservations: Accepted, Not Accepted, Recommended for Large Parties
  • Parking: Lot Available
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards, cash, ATM/Debit
  • Attire: Casual
  • Features: Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Smoking, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible

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Business Description

Come and dine at Mecca Grill here in Denver, CO and experience a new taste by trying out our fine Lebanese cuisine. We offer a wide selection of great tasting foods that will surely excite your taste buds and awaken your senses. Everything is made from scratch and low in carbohydrates. We cater for all occasions.