by Cassandra M. on
WE. WERE. EARLY. i repeat. EARLY!! woo. okay. thank goodness for that. if you dont want to be in front of the stage, save yourself from a neck ache and claim a spot on the stairs by the bar...HOWEVER, the probability of being in close proximity to a group of d-bags who will NOT shut up through out KT Tunstall's acoustic set will increase greatly. HELLO! im trying to have a moment here... anyhoo, im a fan.
by You M. on
I love Greek food and have eaten at many Greek restaurants in Atlanta and New York. Since I live less than 1.5 miles from this relatively new restaurant, I decided to finally give it a try. The initial reviews on various sites for this restaurant were not great when they first opened a couple of months ago, but I felt it was time to have ironed out any issues with the food. Unfortunately, the food was not worth a return trip. Although the staff was very friendly and provided good service, it could not make up for the overall experience. As a small side complaint , the decor of the restaurant was a bit over the top on the tacky side with lots of neon and seemed very cold with too much echo because the walls are covered in various marble tiles and cut glass mirrors. It reminds me of some of the over-the-top diners in Long Island. The decor and lighting was a bit distracting during the meal, and the lighting was definitely too bright for an evening dinner. This is not the place for an intimate or romantic dinner. It would be great for a large group, I suppose, especially if you are into watching TV from almost every angle while you eat. Starting out with appetizers for 2, we spent $19...ordered a spanakopita (7.95) and their combination plate of dips (10.95). The spanakopita, which has always been a favorite of mine, was not good at all and was far too greasy with not enough dough for the copious amount of spinach. The flavor was very bland and tasted like they skimped on ingredients or either it was just a pre-made frozen dish. I have had better spanakopita from the grocery store freezer if that tells you how disappointing this dish was...especially since most Greek restaurants do a good job with this popular dish. The combination of dips was mediocre, but I did really like the spicy feta cheese dip. Out of the ice-cream-scoop-sized selections, it was the only one that I can say was really tasty. Their Taramousalata was just as bland as what you would find at the grocery store in a jar and did not taste at all like it was made on the premises. Furthermore, I would consider their pita bread to be slightly below average in taste and texture for a Greek restaurant. It was not any better than what you would find at the local grocery store full of preservatives. For dinner, we chose wraps (7.95-8.95). The problem with both wraps was they were OVERLOADED to the point of frustration with lettuce and TONS of onion. I love onion, but I had to take apart the wrap to remove a giant handful... and more and more shredded onion kept coming out! it was just too much! There was also WAY too much lettuce. This restaurant does what many others do...which is load up the wraps and sandwiches with the cheaper stuff like lettuce, sauce and onion and skimp on the tomato, feta, olives, meat, etc. We removed half of the lettuce and half of the onion which brought the wrap down to a normal and manageable size to eat. However, that left us with very little else in the wrap since the meat, feta, etc was in such small quantity. This is definitely a case where bigger was not better. My sister said the flavor of her gyro meat was good, though. Perhaps my biggest surprise was how terrible the fries and Greek potatoes were. The fries had a burned oil flavor...they were extremely hard, overcooked, and may well be the worst french fries I have ever eaten aside from when I accidentally burn the frozen kind in the oven at home. The Greek potatoes were definitely better than the fries, but tasted like they had been sitting around for a while. The texture of oven roasted potatoes should be soft but not mushy, sticky and wet. The lemony flavor was pretty good, but they just didn't taste fresh at all...the taste was more akin to "microwaved leftovers" since they were overcooked and reheated. The sweet tea was good and I drank lots of it. And we would have gotten dessert since we love Greek pastries, but felt it would be a disappointment after everything else failed to meet our basic expectations. Perhaps their other dishes are wonderful, but it is hard for me to trust a kitchen that doesn't bother to put any pride in the french fries or roasted potatoes they serve since they accompany almost every dish. I felt the kitchen skimped on ingredients and did not produce dishes that made full use of all the wonderful seasonings you find with most Greek and Mediterranean restaurants. In my opinion, this is more like the "Waffle House" of Greek restaurants...bright, loud and cheesy atmosphere with food that you shouldn't expect to be chef quality.