The term “mixed grill” generally refers to a combination of items roasted on the same grill surface. Grilling is the roasting of any food on a flat grid above a flame or heat. Although mixed grilling was originally used as a term for a collection of grilled meats, its use has become significantly more broad over time.
One type of mixed grilling dish is primarily represented in Middle Eastern cuisine. In this type of “combination food” different pieces of meat and vegetables are placed on a skewer. In America, this type of grilled food is commonly called a “shish kebab” in honor of its Middle Eastern origin.
In American restaurants, mixed grilled dishes can mean a lot of different things. Very often, a menu item referring to mixed grill will indicate that meats and vegetables are grilled together for presentation on the same plate. In other kinds of restaurants, such as fondue restaurants, the mixed grill may only refer to meats.
Classic mixed grilling meats include chops, chicken, liver or kidneys, bacon, and other red meats. These are typically cooked with vegetables in a mixed grill dish. Some restaurants offer custom mixed grilling. Many of these are referred to as “Mongolian grill” restaurants, and are becoming popular across the U.S.
The mixed grilled dish is not often a vegetarian option. Customers can look carefully at a mixed grill menu item to see if it includes vegetables or not. Lots of those liable to order mixed grill dishes are very enthusiastic about different types of meats, including organ meats, and want to sample a variety at one sitting.
With all of the issues around modern restaurant service, mixed grilled dishes are among the most carefully monitored, as food safety is most important with meat foods that have the potential for rapid decay. Look for a current health inspection at a restaurant offering mixed grill and similar items. It can also help to inquire about the origin of the various meats, as the quality of meats varies widely according to the venue.
In general, mixed grilling is a way for restaurants to offer a more diverse dining experience to customers with a single menu item. It’s interesting to see how different restaurants create a mixed grill option. These types of dishes can be a great way to try more new foods when going out to eat, especially when eating at a restaurant for the first time.