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Looking for a Deli in the Cleveland Area? You Should Check Out This Place in Lakewood, Ohio

Isla Chiu

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After a few hours of struggling to write at the Lakewood Public Library, I was hungry.

Since I was in the area, I decided to get a late lunch at Jana's Mediterranean Deli and Grill, which was a short walk away from the library. The restaurant had a sign outside advertising one of their current specials. For 10 dollars, you can get a wrap, fries, 4 ounces of hummus, and a can of pop. That sounded like a good deal to me, so I ordered the special with a chicken shawarma wrap.

And it ended up being a fantastic deal.

In addition to being a deli, Jana's has a small selection of Middle Eastern groceries, which I browsed as I waited for my food. Luckily for my growling stomach, I didn't have to wait long.

My chicken shawarma wrap was huge, not to mention delicious. The pita wrap was stuffed with pieces of chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions covered in a yummy garlic sauce (other sauce options included tzatziki, ranch, mayo, hummus, tahini, tartar, and hot sauce). The chicken was plentiful, juicy, and well-seasoned, and the vegetables were fresh.

The hummus was also great. It was creamy and flavorful (and homemade!).

I was tempted to get a piece of baklava, but I resisted since I already had a sugary non-diet pop. Perhaps next time ;)

On my way from the library to Jana's, I also encountered a Subway. But why would I get a wrap or sub at Subway when there was a great local Mediterranean deli literally only a minute away? During these trying times, small businesses need support more than ever. So if you're in Lakewood and looking for a sandwich or wrap, walk past Subway and walk into Jana's. The prices are similar, but the food at Jana's is better and way more flavorful.

Jana's Mediterranean Deli & Grill is located at 15211 Detroit Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107.

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