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My mom's 60th birthday is coming up later this month, and I have been charged with finding a restaurant for the festivities. She has specifically requested greek food. I know the greek restaurant scene here is not especially strong, but I'm hoping to find something that will at least be enjoyable (my family likes good food but are not what I would call chowhounds). My initial thought is Christos at the St. Paul depot-- cool atmosphere, and I've heard the food is decent. Or is there some other place that I'm not thinking of that has pretty good greek food and a nice atmosphere (a gyro joint won't cut it for a b-day)? St. Paul or inner ring suburbs would be preferred. Help, chowhounds!

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  1. If you're willing to cross the river to Minneapolis, I think that It's Greek to Me is as good as (if not better than) Christos. If it was nicer out, I'd say it would be a no-brainer to sit outside on their patio.

    Also, Christos has another restaurant on Nicollet if Minneapolis is easier for folks. I'd bet that the Depot is a cooler atmosphere than either Christos Minneapolis or IGTM.

    I would NOT recommend Gardens of Salonica, a former favorite. In my experience, food has gone downhill and service is very frustrating. Having said that, I have not been in over a year because of bad experiences and there have been mixed reports since then.

    1. I'm a BIG fan of Christos - All three locations (St Paul, Uptown, and now Minnetonka) have been consistently delicious - I'm addicted to their Avgo Lemono soup and they make some of the best meat stuffed grape leaves in the business. Service is always good.

      1. We go to Gardens of Salonica (NE Mpls) once a month, and while I agree that the service can be spotty (rotating cast of rather young immigrants) I've not found the food lacking on more then a couple occasions. If your mother is Greek or speaks Greek she may appreciate this place even more since most of the staff and the owners are the real deal. Great Greek Wine and Beer selection. Not just Olympus.

        I will say the food at the Eat Street Christos is more consistant, but it is too similar to every other Greek restaurant I've even been to. I haven't been to the Christos in the Depot in St Paul is 6 years, but I would imagine it is still the same menu it's Mpls cousin. I do remember it has great atmosphere...like eating Greek food in the middle of Grand Central Station.

        Good Luck.

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        1. re: Foureyes137

          Thanks for the positive report on GoS, Foureyes. I will try to give it one more chance on your recommendation.

        2. Does anyone ever go to the Acropol Inn on Grand Ave? I used to love it, but I bet it’s been more than 25 years since I’ve been there. I really hadn’t had any other Greek food to compare it too back then.

          Funny. It was kind of a big place to go in those days, and now I can’t remember the last time I heard anyone even mention it.

          Uncle Ira

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          1. re: Uncle Ira

            We went there a few weeks ago. Food was fine (good avgolimono soup), atmosphere is very old-fashioned (stuffy, even?), we were waited on by the Greek co-owner, a delightful lady. I imagine it's changed very little in 25 years....

            1. re: mtullius

              Man, I tell you, it’s that avgolemono soup I remember best. I loved it. When I first went there as a teenager I had never had, (or even imagined), anything like it. As I think back on it now, it was really one of those life changing moments when it comes to thinking about food. Glad to know that it’s still out there....

              Uncle Ira

          2. We enjoy Phil's Tara Hideaway in Stillwater. Mark is usually our server.

            http://tarahideaway.com/