Review: Mecca Grill is changing course from Lebanon to Morocco

Mecca Grill 270 South Downing Street 303-722-4100 meccagrilldenver.com I'd heard the management had changed at Mecca Grill, a once-popular Lebanese restaurant in a tiny strip center in Washington Park, so I dropped by for dinner, curious to see if the new owner was going to give me a reason to come this way besides my usual detour for cheap(er) gas at the Bradley station across the street. The space looked as tired as always, with dull burnt-sienna walls and metal-edged chairs that have seen better days. The menu, too, seemed short on inspiration, with the same Middle Eastern playlist you find all over town. But looks can be deceiving.

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Gretchen Kurtz has worked as a writer for 25 years; during that time she's stomped grapes in Napa, eaten b'stilla in Fez, and baked with Buddy Valastro, aka the Cake Boss. Her work has appeared in publications including Boulevard (Paris), Diversion, the New York Times and Westword. Our restaurant critic since 2012, she loves helping you decide where to eat and drink tonight.
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