By NICOLE DIRENZO
Aladdin’s Eatery, a savory Mediterranean restaurant located in Boca, serves countless options that cater to vegetarian, vegan and gluten free customers. Jose Alvarenga, general manager of the newly opened restaurant wants customers to better understand the essence of their mission and their healthy food options. “The food is Lebanese American,” said Alvarenga. “We specialize in Mediterranean, and we focus on health conscious menu items. The Mediterranean diet for the most part, is vegetarian.” Aladdin’s Eatery may be new to South Florida, but the franchise original started in Cleveland, Ohio. Alvarenga explained that the Aladdin’s Eatery located in Cleveland was one of the only restaurants in the area to offer vegetarian on over half of the menu. “We’ve been around since 1994,” said Alvarenga. “This is the 31 location, and it is the first one in Florida.” One of their most popular vegetarian dishes is the Vegetarian Combo, which comes with a sampling of a variety of fresh vegetarian menu items. One mistake many make is to consider vegetarian food to be bland. Alvarenga explained that at Aladdin’s Eatery, they make sure to use spices. They also create much of the items on the menu in house, which is very important for healthy eating habits. “Everything is made from scratch,” said Alvarenga. “It may not be the easiest on our part, but for the quality of the food it just works.” Not everything on the menu is vegetarian. However, Alvarenga explained that one of the most popular dishes is their lamb and that they offer a variety of different meats. Aladdin’s Eatery works hard to keep everything cage free and organic. Just because it is a healthy eatery does not mean people should forget about the desert options. Aladdin’s Eatery offers a variety of gluten free and regular cakes, as well as vegan cookies. Customers can order raw juices and fruit smoothies for a daytime snack as well. The type of food one puts in their body is vital. This does not mean that everybody has to be vegans or vegetarians, however it is smart to find out what individuals are consuming. Aladdin’s Eatery is a perfect place to eat healthy if customers are trying to maintain a healthy diet. It is located on 21200 St. Andrews Blvd, Boca Raton, FL, 33433.