best Greek in/near Boston?
have a Greek friend returning to Boston for a visit. he's been in California for quite a few years and his Greek parents/grandparents are no longer around.
looking for a Very Good Greek restaurant for Thursday night. he's staying in Burlington so we'd like to go someplace in Boston or just slightly north (Ithaki in Ipswich would be too far) and it must have a full liquor license. i would like the place to be fairly highway accessible, if possible.
i like someplace that features seafood but traditional Greek style lamb dishes would be welcome too.
p.s. there (used?) to be a place outside of Harvard Square called the Acropolis that we really liked back in the day but i can't find it online. if that place is still open (and Good) i'd like to go there or someplace like it.
I don't know about "best", but I had a very solid meal at the Greek Isles in The Fenway recently. It's a counter service place (at least at lunch): order, then they bring it to your table, which in my case was a pleasant patio seat. Beer/wine only. Big portions of nice-priced food. I had the vegetarian moussaka with a good Greek side salad and rice.
This is a tough request. The greek restaurants in Boston area are mediocre. Greek Corner is just ok but no liquor. Ithaki is better and has liquor but you already said not. Haven't tried Greek Isles. Kouzina in Waban has two excellent Greek style dishes one lamb and one fish- the lamb gouvetsi with orzo and the baked bronzini on a bed of tomatoes and potatoes. Their other dishes are greek inspired but not really Greek. Again, no liquor- only wine and beer. The Aegean in Watertown (also in Framingham) is just ok but has a wide variety of Greek dishes, very good meze, and does serve liquor. Although it is not my favorite place, I think that it is the only place that has a varied menu and liquor that would satisfy your requirements. Good luck! By way of disclosure, I make my own Greek food with MIL recipes, have taught Greek cooking and have been to Greece many times so I am hard to please when it comes to Greek food.
100% right on, Emlief. I'm Greek (and also hard to please with Greek food) and couldn't agree with you more. Though I would put Aegean in Watertown as pretty terrible.
If anyone ever asks me for "nice" Greek, I strongly recommend Kouzina and those dishes, the bronzini especially.
If atmosphere isn't important, Farm Grill gets my vote. It's pretty close to the real deal. I was there last weekend on a warm evening and they had a large table set outside under their trellis and it was a true taverna scene.
My hypercritical Athenian father also likes it as well.
re: Scruffy The Cat
Fram Grill is ok- some things are excellent like the avgolemono soup, gryo, salads and the desserts. The gigantes are not good. My hypercritical Athenian husband thinks it is just ok. There is a small storefront type place in Wellesley that is run by a greek family that has a few ok greek things- especially their souvlaki and Greek salad, and fried zucchini meze- called Maugus. I think Aegean is pretty awful but lots of non-Greek people think it is wonderful. Some things are very good and some things awful. If you stick with appetizers it is usually ok.
I was looking for the same in ne.food last December and was told
"A nice Greek restaurant called Aegean is located on
Rt. 30 in Framingham. The food is great and the interior design is
I never got out to try it but it is in the metrowest area. I used to love the Acropolis but it's long gone.