Carmel Restaurant Serves Up Greek & Mediterranean Dishes

Photographer / Ryan Woodall

Elham Alhassoon, and her husband, Ahmad Al-Maaitah, co-owners of Papa Fattoush, 15 E. Main St., Carmel, have made a lot of new friends since they opened their restaurant this past September.

They knew their prime location on Main Street, and the delicious taste of their food, would bring customers through the doors.

“We decided to move here after we read a great review about Carmel Clay Schools on the internet,” Elham says. “Our main goal was to support our kids with a good education since they speak English as a second language. After three years, we realized that Carmel not only has a great school system but is also a safe place to live and raise kids. It’s a beautiful and clean city, a great community and neighborhood.”

Elham and Ahmad, who are from Jordan, say their children also enjoy the Carmel schools.

“We have two kids who attend Carmel schools, and our little one will attend next year,” Elham says. “Our mission is to support Carmel schools as an appreciation for their greatness.”

Elham stressed that Carmel has also been a great place to start a business. She and Ahmad opened Papa Fattoush on Sept. 15, 2018.

“We made a decision to open for the public just one day after we passed the final inspection on Sept. 14,” Elham says. “We received a lot of support from the Carmel Art & Design district, on our Facebook page and from some other popular Facebook groups in Carmel. We also had friends help us promote our soft opening day, which was very successful. Our first order was Saganki, our fried cheese.”

Elham adds that they want every guest to be satisfied with their meal. She says a team of experts serves only the best. 

“The secret of our great food is the homemade recipes, fresh ingredients and healthy cooking procedures,” Elham says. “We have ingredients delivered to us fresh every day from local vendors. We also have highly-trained chefs that want everyone to enjoy their meal.”

Elham believed there was a need for a restaurant like Papa Fattoush in the area.

“We chose Carmel because it is a lovely city, and there were no similar Greek and Mediterranean restaurants in the area,” Elham says. “The community has supported Papa Fattoush and have liked the addition of new business to downtown Carmel.”

Customers already have their favorites. 

“The most popular selling item is the Gyro and Lamb Kabab,” Elham says. “Customers also like to build their own options in the menu, since they have a choice to pick Carb, Protein or a salad, or fries (which have a delicious, smoky crunch). Our Hummus and Falafel are the best in town.”

Papa Fattoush also has delicious baklava, chicken shawarma, tabbouleh, Turkish coffee, a rice platter, and lentil soups, among other menu items.

Elham adds that customers have told her they enjoy the large variety of choices.

“The good thing about our menu is that it has many options for meat people, vegetarians and vegan, too,” Elham says. “We picked the menu items carefully to assure the satisfaction of a wide range of customers.” 

Papa Fattoush is located at 15 E. Main Street, Suite 100 in Carmel. You can give them a call at 317-564-8782 or visit them online at for more information.

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