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Very Happy with Steve's on Newbury

tamerlanenj Jan 9, 2007 02:54 PM

Haven't been eating much Greek food since I moved to Boston from the NY/NJ area, but finally got around to getting takeout from Steve's on Newbury...we were VERY happy. Probably the best takeout meal I've had in the Back Bay since I moved here (we usually look to other neighborhoods).

We got three appetizers: feta and olives, stuffed grape leaves, and a big containers of their tzaziki. The olives and feta were great...the olives had a perfect briney smack. I really like their tzaziki...a bit on the thick side, but refreshing and garlicy with whole pieces of cucumber. They gave us a whole package of pita breads that went great with it. I also enjoyed putting dollops of it on the Grape Leaves, which, imho, were a little on the bland side. They were stuffed with ground beef, but needed a bit of flavor, maybe hot sauce would have helped.

The felafel was good, but not as good as Cafe Jaffa. Maybe next time I'll get the greek stuff from Steve's and the middle eastern from Jaffa. The hummous that came with it was lovely though.

The greek salad= fantastic! Probably even tastier than the kebabs that came over it, which were good nonetheless. We had chicken, beef, and lamb, of which the chicken was actually my favorite in something of a minor upset. Kebabs dont usually do to well for takeout as they get a bit cool and tough as they sit, but these were still very good. I was making little sandwiches out of pieces of pita, kebab, the tzaziki and some hot sauce that were scrumptious.

All in all, recommended. Not the best greek in the world maybe, but a nice find on very un-chowish Newbury St.

I do wonder, though, why Greek places and Middle Eastern places are more and more becoming indistinguishable. Are kebabs Greek or Middle Eastern, anyway?

Next time I'd like to try the Gyro platter, the calamari, and the homemade sausage.

  1. hiddenboston Jan 9, 2007 03:05 PM

    Congratulations. You're one of two people on Chowhound who likes Steve's. (I'm the other!)

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      Allstonian Jan 9, 2007 03:49 PM

      And I'm another, so there must be more than two! I worked in the neighborhood for 14 years, and Steve's was one of my favorite places for lunch, although it used to get absolutely packed which was a pain on a half-hour lunch break. I love their gyros, either as a platter with the very good Greek salad or in the sandwich form that came with wonderful homemade potato chips.

      1. re: hiddenboston
        David Pearlman Jan 9, 2007 04:21 PM

        Make that three.

      2. lissy Jan 9, 2007 03:10 PM

        When I worked closer to Faneuil Hall, I went often to that location of Steve's for their Greek Salad with grilled chicken for lunch and I have always liked them, especially their Greek dressing. Hmmm...maybe I'll head over there today for lunch.

        1. hotoynoodle Jan 9, 2007 03:12 PM

          every so often i get a craving for falafel and always go to cafe jaffa and get very happy. last month i decided to give steve's a whirl. they must have dumped an entire jar of cinnamon in the mix. it tasted like french toast. yuk. ate a few bites, paid and left.

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          1. re: hotoynoodle
            tamerlanenj Jan 9, 2007 03:16 PM

            I agree that it's not as good as Cafe Jaffa. But I didn't notice an offensive cinnamon taste.

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              hotoynoodle Jan 9, 2007 03:26 PM

              it was so overwhelming, it had to have been a mistake, truly. but i couldn't believe nobody cooking it tested it, tasted it or smelled it. i smelled it as soon as the waitress put it on the table.

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            TripleBoston Jan 9, 2007 03:56 PM

            I dont think Steve's greek salad is anything to wrtite home about, but I can't think of a better place to get a $6 sandwich or a meal for two under $30 in the Newbury Street area.

            I'm with you hiddenboston and tamerlanenj.

            1. hiddenboston Jan 9, 2007 04:59 PM

              Man, where were you guys a few months ago when I was talking about how much I liked Steve's? I took some serious hits that day! ;-b

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                wontonton Jan 9, 2007 05:20 PM

                I do enjoy their kebab sandwiches/plates, but I can't say I recommend the "american" portion of the menu. A simple burger and fries meal at Steve's is less than thrilling. Also, the soggy homefries that accompany their breakfast are a little depressing.

                1. hollybee Jan 9, 2007 06:08 PM

                  I work in the Government Center area, so I frequent the Steve's in Fanueil Hall for lunch. Their greek salads are very satisfying (although they do occasionally skimp on the olives) and I'm a big fan of the dressing. My office recently had Steve's cater a casual onsite dinner meeting and the food was absolutely delicious. Especially the spanakopita (fresh and a little bit crispy- not as greasy as I've had at other spots), the gyro sandwiches (just the right amount of tzaziki) and the baklava.

                  I will have to try Jaffa sometime soon- never been.

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                    BackBayGirl Jan 12, 2007 01:03 AM

                    I like Steve's too. It's a decent place to get a meal while not spending a ton. Of course they do some things on the menu better than others. I do like their Greek salads and I use oil and vingear & salt & pepper instead of the Greek dressing. I also like their kebab plates and some of the dinner specials. Plus, you can't beat the $4 house red for a decent glass of wine.

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