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Northstar22 Mar 4, 2009 03:23 AM

Any Info on this place going into the old Friendly's? What Type of Food and when are they opening?

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    cheesehead in recovery Jan 3, 2010 02:41 AM

    I don't give this place another six months. We had a very forgettable meal there. The food was bland, drenched in oil, and poor quality. I've been to Greece, and I've been to many other Greek restaurants in both in Boston and NYC so I had high expectations. But to have a soup drenched in oil... it was more like olive oil soup with chickpeas. The kitchen totally messed up our order on a VERY quiet Saturday night in January. Lukewarm stuffed grapeleaves were bland, and mushy, drenched in oil.

    They had 3 TV's hanging on the walls, and all 3 TV's were on different stations, but you couldn't hear the volume on any of them. The manager was surfing the internet all night.....

    The interior of the place was nice, but the ambiance was overpowered by the lame popular radio music blasting over our heads.

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      oceanlakepond Jul 22, 2009 08:43 AM

      Very mediocre Greek cuisine. I ate there last night for the first time. I won't be rushing back anytime soon.

      The food was "ok" for a Boston area Greek restaurant, but given that I grew up with amazingly great Greek food in Chicago (where there's a Greektown and I know more people that I can count whose last names end in -opoulos"), this place was not good at all.

      Food was very bland. Wasn't hot enough when served. Saganaki didn't appear "flamed" at all, but fried. Side dishes were very poor quality and cold.

      this place is not good.

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        Cork Jul 27, 2009 11:43 AM

        DISAGREE -

        My sense is that they are still working out the kinks in their workflow - For example - we had takeout from there this weekend and when we arrived to pick it up, the food was on platters waiting to be brought out to the table....

        However - Food was quite good - and they grilled some fresh pitas for us because of their mistake,

        3 of us shared the Kebab Mezze appetizer, a Pikilia plate app and the Grilled Octopus app -

        There was a ton of meet on the kebab plate - one of each of chicken, lamb, beef, ground beef and pork skewers (they exchanged our pork for a 2nd chicken at our request -this took a bit of convincing).
        The Pikilia was nice and the Feta with hot peppers was interesting and good. The octopus was quite frankly the best I have had in a year. Not gummy or chewy and seasoned nicely.
        3 people - 40$ ordering off the APPETIZER menu - with plenty to go around, and some leftovers for the next day.

        It will take some convincing for me to drag myself to the Greek Corner in Arlington/Cambridge when this is so close by.

        Cork

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          oceanlakepond May 11, 2010 09:56 AM

          I have given this place a second and third chance. They have improved very little since opening.

          Service is not great. Slow, inattentive, not so friendly.

          The waitstaff blast each cleared table with Windex after the patron leaves, creating a very unpleasant experience for surrounding patrons who are enveloped in a cloud of fumes. BAD!

          The food is serviceable, but not great. Stick with simple menu items (gyro, souvlaki).

          The TV sets detract greatly from giving this place a feel of a quality restaurant. It is a glorified diner. Good, but not great.

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        dtothev May 18, 2009 08:41 PM

        I was there today, the place is literally days away from opening, they've received their food shipments. I sampled a few of the menu items, they're light Greek, with an emphasis on fresh and healthy.

        I thought the food was great.

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          NoNatto Mar 4, 2009 06:22 AM

          The owner, George Kariotis, says they now plan to open in early April.

          1. hiddenboston Mar 4, 2009 05:01 AM

            It's going to be a casual Greek restaurant that serves both lunch and dinner. They were supposed to open in February; hopefully it will be soon. Definitely looking forward to trying it!

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