In one of those many strip malls in Columbia that looks exactly like the rest of Howard County, there’s Hickory Ridge Grill. The restaurant specializes in American food, with a Mediterranean twist which is perfect because my friends and I were craving hummus – typical.
When we were seated, we placed an order of Mediterranean Dips which was hummus and garlicky Tzaziki served with pita wedges. The pita was served warm and the dips were flavorful and creamy. My heart still belongs to the hummus at Baba’s, but the hummus here was still pretty great.
Next, my friends and I shared the Paidakia which was three baby lamb chops over a bed of fries. The fries were great, they were super thin how I like them – but the lamb chops were kind of meh. For $17 (fun fact, the price is listed incorrectly online) the lamb chops were very skimpy. I don’t normally complain about portion sizes or prices, but I’ve paid less for better lamb chops.
One of my friends went with her favorite Mediterranean dish, a Chicken Kabob. The dish was medallions of chicken skewered with green peppers, onions, mushroom and cherry tomatoes. Served on a bed of rice. The chicken was cooked well, however my friend didn’t love the rice with red sauce.
My other friend ordered the Yeeroe Platter which was a sliced beef and lamb combo, open-faced on pita bread topped with tomatoes, onions and feta cheese. Then served with french fries, greek salad and a side of tzaziki. My friend really enjoyed this platter for dinner, and then again for lunch leftovers because it was massive!
I ordered the Spanakopita which was another massive dish! Fortunately, it wasn’t as thick as it was long. Inside the filo dough there was spinach and feta cheese. There wasn’t as much feta cheese as I would have liked, but when I spread the tzaziki sauce on it, the spanakopita was delicious.
The prices were a little steep, so I’m not sure how soon I would return to Hickory Ridge Grill. But overall, we enjoyed most of what we ordered.
Know of any other places to get great Mediterranean food in Howard County I need to try? Let me know in the comments below!
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