Athenian Grill opening Tuesday July 22nd
As the subject says... the long awaited grand opening of Athenian Grill at their new location on 6th (just west of Congress) will be tomorrow, Tuesday July 22nd.
We stopped by there today and the owner or a relative thereof gave us a tour. The decor inside is way upscale now, and that is somewhat reflected in their prices as well. Most of the lunch plates seem to have gone up about a dollar from their old menu. However, most of the selections are unchanged from their old menu - why mess with success, right?
I'm looking forward to a pot roast plate and some chicken lemon soup!
Seems like the Athenian Chicken Salad was right at $9.00 with tax. Could it be $10 now? That'd be high, but I'm sure I'll go try it out.
Well I know where I'm going for lunch tomorrow! I hope it isn't packed to the gills but I need my Athenian Chicken Salad (with gyro meat instead). It's been too long.
Went at 10:58 this morning. I think I was the first customer though someone was ordering pot roast in front of me (was it pwang?) but I made it to the register with my Athenian Combo salad first. My salad was about $1.50 more than last time, totaling $10.75 with tax and no drink. Seems like I used to walk out for $9 even.
Seems like a nice setup, and I'm sure it will be successful - there was 30 or so people in line by the time I left at 11:05. Or maybe it was just a bunch of people hoping to get free food....
Quality was the same, portion was the same, and I noticed some of the same workers and a few different ones.
I'll return but the 10.75 stings a bit - I wish they did half portions as I really don't need that much. I might have to drop it from a once a week deal to a once every two week treat. I try to limit my lunch to $7 or so.
I'll have to try the dinner service sometime - looked like a nice dining room and the way they did the lunch line around the back of the bar was smart.
I think $7 is a little on the low side, but for around $8 you can eat at:
Wahoo's Fish Tacos
And there's the chains:
Wiki Wiki Teryaki
And, although it is not that close to downtown, you can usually find a willing body to go pick up a large group order from:
El Pollo Regio (on Riverside)
This is, of course, by no means a comprehensive list...
Yeah I was the sucker waiting 15 minutes for the pot roast plate. Congrats on being the first to the checkout register! :)
I think that with their higher prices, they're going to have to do some sort of smaller serving deal in the $7-$8 range. Spending $10 or $11 (before tip) is asking a lot of folks, especially given the current economic environment.