Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Greek Village Inn

So much food news. Noushineh has a bunch of entries on the Sub Shack. I have been craving their turkey sandwich with bacon and fries for at least six months now and have been foiled at every attempt to eat it. Either they're closed, they're only serving breakfast, or, this last time their plumbing was acting up.

I'm eating lunch at Mason's today because I have been craving more of that pumpkin salad since I ate there a few weeks ago. I can't wait!

Review of the Greek Village Inn. The online reviews looked good, and a friend had recommended it. I'm not a huge fan of Greek food. I think it's like a pale version of Middle Eastern Food, with less spice and more feta. Feta is not one of the great cheeses, in my opinion. We started with a mixed dip platter, that had tzatziki, eggplant dip (melitzanosalata) , and a dip that purported to be pureed caviar and onions (taramosalata), but tasted like extra-salty lox shmear, so there must have been some dairy in there. All three were good, and the pita bread was a stand-out. The eggplant dip was pretty bland. Best of all was the lemon and rice soup, which comes with the entrees. The soup is the only thing I've had from this place before. Its what it's known for. Delicious. Smiller ordered a roasted chicken dish with cinnamon and cloves and pasta. He loved it and the chicken was very tender and moist (falling off the bone!). I got the gyro because an online reviewer noted they mixed the beef and lamb themselves rather than carving it off of a pre-packaged cone. I have never had a gyro before because those cones really gross me out. I was not so crazy about mine. The meat was too salty and bland. It came with more pita, and some giant blocks of feta. The portions are quite large and we had ordered too much food. The price was very high, a bit over thirty bucks apiece, total, and we each had one glass of wine. So, pretty good but pricey. I would go back and just get some spanikopita and soup maybe. There's a fancy new Greek place opening in that same neighborhood (it's called Opa Opa) and I have inside info that their falafel is the best evs, so I'll try that when it opens.

7 comments:

Emily said...

I don't really like eggs or lemon, but for some reason I really like the avoglemono souP at Village Inn.

Anonymous said...

For the record, I thought the meat in the Gyro was fantastic.

miller

Anonymous said...

I was desperate for some greek food, which I love, a few years ago and tried Greek Village Inn because it had gotten such great reviews. It was so incredibly disappointing. It was hella overpriced and blandy McBlanderson. The tip off should have been that the place was full of senior citizens. I found even the avogolemeno bland and boring and so utterly disappointing.

I am very excited about Opa Opa opening cause then maybe there will be some decent greek in this town. Rumor is that it's
reasonably priced. Bring it on.

Miss B

cakegrrl said...

The phrase "Opa, Opa" is hilarious, I swear that's what I almost titled my review of the Sub Shack...

Emily said...

Wow, Miss B, if you found the soup at the Village Inn bland and boring, I would love to know where you think is a good place to get avoglemono...avoglemono that does not have chunks of meat in it, that is.

Anonymous said...

There are few places that roast a turkey anymore so that turkey sandwich at the Shack is a treat and I've often shown up for one and they've run out. I've never had it with bacon, I should try it. Ever had their BLTMOP? It sounds gross, but has become my favorite over the years. I was talking to Gary the new owner a few months ago about how I loved the 'MOP and he was telling me that while he was planning to keep it on the menu, thankfully, he planned to use a different bacon in that than for other menu items containing bacon (including breakfast). So one bacon arsenal of the fatty variety, another for the lean. Anyway, his attention to those details impressed me and I think is good for the Shack. Throw in some fries, made extra-crispy, with the MOP and your heart hearts you.

-Dave

beckler said...

there's such a thing as lean bacon? well I never.