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An expansion a couple of years ago transformed this longtime purveyor of pastitsio, moussaka, dolmades, baklava and other Greek favorites from relatively small and cozy to, well, Olympian. Great gyros and fabulously potent Greek coffee, and be sure to try the rice pudding when it's available.
Thanks St. Louis for voting us #1 Favorite Greek/Mediterranean Restaurant from 1999-2013 in the RFT Readers Restaurant Poll. We appreciate your vo...
Voted Favorite Greek Restaurant from 1999-2013 in the RFT Readers Restaurant Poll, we serve homemade authentic Greek cuisine with a full bar, a gre...
The Veggielante has had it up to here with people bitching that St. Louis restaurants are vegetarian unfriendly. Sure, we'd like to see more restaurants offering more meatless dishes, but there are ex... More »
I don't know why, but I've been on a gyro kick lately. Guess where I ate this gyro and win a paperback copy of Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink.Remember, to win you must leave... More »
Col. Tex Trailer, whose family has inhabited the same corner of Dutchtown for generations, informs me that, as a boy, his father was often sent to Behrmann's Tavern to fetch his grandmother's daily bucket of beer. An enterprising lad, Trailer the... More »
Olympia Kebob House & Taverna founder Peter Nicholas immigrated to St. Louis from Greece and opened his modest little joint on McCausland Avenue 31 years ago. The business has remained in the Nicholas family through the decades, and during that time the restaurant has acquired an ever-expanding coterie of devotees. They come for the the full range of Greek favorites: saganaki set ablaze at the table, crisp-crusted spanakopita, outstanding gyros piled high with fresh vegetables and tender... More »
Sometimes restaurants, not unlike a partner of many years, still have the power to surprise from time to time. Olympia Kebob House is such a restaurant. You could order nothing but the flaming kasseri cheese and a gyro or shish kebab and baba gannoujh and dolmades for the rest of your days and be perfectly content, but if you're a carnivore (and if you're not, then substitute the tasty Mediterranean mixed-vegetables platter), why not try our current favorite, ordered on a whim one evening:... More »
Sometimes you just don't mess with success. We loved 'em last year and we love 'em this year and locals have loved 'em for more than twenty years. At last count, there were about a dozen Greek restaurants in the St. Louis area, all of them serving gyros. But a gyro only goes so far. We want grilled lamb, we want hummus redolent of garlic and lemon, we want fresh moussaka topped with a rich béchamel sauce. And we count on Olympia to serve it all up. Sure, the service can be as slow as... More »
In a city that doesn't pay much attention to Mediterranean cuisine, Olympia mounts a nightly one-restaurant crusade toward Greek-eats awareness. First and foremost, of course, are the gyros, which are the best in town by far (perfectly charred meat, pillowy pita, rich tzatziki) and come to the table so speedily that it's akin to Clark Kent quick-changing in a phone booth. Gyros are just the gateway, though, to a bountiful menu of Greek savories such as spanakopita, moussaka, pastitsio and... More »
Their Gyros are to die for! They have an appetizer called the 'Mediterranean Meltdown' that is a type of Greek spinach dip. I highly recommend it! It's not too terribly expensive. My fiance and I can get out of there spending $30-40, and that's with having a few beers and an appetizer! If you love Greek food, Olympia is the place to go.
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