They say that a diamond in the rough is any gem you find in a place that you’d least expect it. The Macedonian Grill is a diner’s diamond located in a the rough of a shopping plaza, seemingly hidden away from the passing traffic, is a culinary diamond in the rough.
The Macedonian Grill is worth the time taken to stop in and the meals are well worth the money you’ll spend. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy Old-World Greek culture and flavors brought to you by Owner Chef Demetrius Dounoulis and the rest of the members of his family.
New Mainland Atlantic County Location
The Macedonian Grill is located in the Tilton Plaza, a collection of different types of shops, along busy Tilton Road in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. “Look for the Pep Boys,” they say, and you’ll be easily able to find the Dounoulis Family’s eatery. If not, you’ll most likely pass it by.
Opened two years ago, the Macedonian Grill is a mainland extension of the family’s successful Brigantine Island operations which cater to a summer vacation crowd and a sprinkling of all-year residents. The mainland location, however, is nestled in between neighborhoods, business centers and shopping plazas.
Many of those who work in the area, include myself, had discovered the gem that Macedonian Grill is.
Variety, Variety and More Variety
When he opened up his Mainland location, Owner Chef Demetrius Dounoulis knew he had to cater to a dining crowed that varied from those who appreciated authentic Greek cuisine to those who needed a quick meal at lunch or a quick dinner after work. As a result, he put together a 200-item menu that combines classic Greek dishes along with a heart-healthy meals and a wide variety of American-type dishes. He also offers a good selection of appetizers, salads and sandwiches for those who want a quick, yet filling, meal. The Dounoulis Family’s care shows up in their wonderful offerings such as their homemade soups and their Macedonian specialties.
You’ll find everything here that’s you’d expect, and even more. While some are happy with Fried Chicken Fingers glazed in a honey Dijon sauce ($6.99) or Chicken Strips of Fire ($6.99), I want more. I like to take my friends here for the family’s Macedonian Sampler ($14.99), which many turn into a full meal. It includes mozzarella sticks, onion rings, jalapeno peppers, chicken fingers, strips of fire, Buffalo wings, friend calamari and nacho chips. It’s a wonderful platter to get for a group of friends who want to get together for lunch and share laughs and a good time before they must head back to the office.
There are more than a dozen salad offerings and my favorite is the BLT salad ($7.99) which includes bacon, a hard boiled egg with blue cheese dressing over crispy iceberg lettuce.
The Dounoulis Family’s Greek specialties include Pork Souvlaki ($8.99), Chicken Souvlaki ($8.99), and the Macedonian Cheese Steak sandwich ($8.99), a decidedly Greek-influenced version of the Philadelphia favorite. The Macedonian Cheese Steak is an open-faced cheese steak sandwich with the usual sautéed onions, lettuce and tomatoes but it’s topped with Demetrius’ famous Tzatziki sauce and sharp provolone.
Chicken Kabob ($16.99), Beef Kabob ($26.99), and Lamb Kabob ($19.99) highlight these offerings. Other selections include Bifteki ($12.99), seasoned ground beef with peppers and onions, and Pork Tenderloin Tips ($15.99).
Much, Much More
The Macedonian Grill also offers more than 20 different Italian dishes, 18 seafood dinners, 12 Triple Decker Club Sandwiches, and 20 varieties of grilled chicken sandwiches. It’s a variety that caters to the dining needs of everyone in your party.
There’s room for more than 50 people inside the Macedonian Grill’s Egg Harbor Township location and takeout is available.
The Macedonian Grill is located at 6814 Tilton Road, Egg Harbor Township. The phone number is $609-641-0415.
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Sources: personal experience.