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This south Minneapolis standby just keeps getting better year after year. Remember when the Greek salad was all iceberg lettuce and the dining room was a single, plain expanse? Nowadays there are murals and multiple dining rooms; grown-ups can feast on fried smelt or octopus while kids rave over the chicken gyros and flaming cheese; and the Greek wine selection is better than what you'll find in many an Athenian taverna.
I just stuck with a gyro, but it was delicious and filling non the less. I went there to meet with some friends, and we had reservations but for the time and day we went they weren't necessary. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and the prices weren't bad for a restaurant in Uptown.
Enter this cozy, dark-paneled place, and garlic embraces you like Mama in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Classic moussaka, spanakopita, and the lamb selections are sure bets. But daily specials, such as scallops Aekaga (with fresh bell peppers and plenty of garlic) and lamb shanks with roasted tomatoes, live up to their sunny promise. The gyros--grilled pita piled high with spiced lamb or beef--will have juices trickling down your elbows (for under $7). Dinners (with salad and side) range from... More »
Perhaps the most satisfying single piece of paper in the entire metro area is the Xeroxed sheet that gets laid on the table at the beginning of a meal at It's Greek to Me: a handwritten (and often hand-revised) list of the day's specials. Baby octopus in garlicky red wine, a sweet slab of winter halibut, braised lamb stew with raisins, hens broiled with scads of lemons, or some similarly appetizing, generously portioned platter of Mediterranean comfort food. Set some olives and a... More »
This category is always a horse race. The three perennial contenders--Christos, It's Greek to Me, and Gardens of Salonica--are all classy thoroughbreds, but none of them quite pulls ahead of the others. Gardens is the cheapest of the three: A complete meal for two, including wine, shouldn't run more than $25. Gardens also has the coziest atmosphere--the summery interior décor and nice people are a big plus--but it's small and tends to get crowded most evenings. Christos, the genteel... More »
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