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Best Grilled Octopus??

paychecktoday Mar 31, 2013 07:32 PM

Wife and I are planning on heading into the city for the Fleetwood Mac concert this upcoming Saturday 4/6. Looking to get dinner before the show (show is at 7:30 I believe). From what I have been told, Dmitri's is the place to go for grilled octopus. My question is which location and how hard is it gonna be to get into the restaurant around 4-5pm since they do not take reservations. Or is there a better place to go for this specific dish?

Thanks ahead of time

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  1. bluehensfan RE: paychecktoday Apr 1, 2013 08:00 AM

    Estia has great octopus that is tenderized in a dedicated washing machine.

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      lawgirl3278 RE: paychecktoday Apr 1, 2013 09:53 AM

      I came in here to say Dmitri's. I think they don't open until 5, but if you get there when the doors open you should be seated right away.

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        paychecktoday RE: lawgirl3278 Apr 1, 2013 11:08 AM

        Good to know. Is there a difference between location (which one is better) or if all locations are done the same (preparation/service). The cash/credit difference doesn't matter to us.

        I was also informed by a Greek friend to try Zorba's Tavern on Fairmount. Any idea if this place is any good?

        Thanks in advance.

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          bluehensfan RE: paychecktoday Apr 1, 2013 11:11 AM

          Zorba's is pretty much so-so as far as the octopus goes. Not exactly a destination restaurant if you ask me but good if you are in Fairmount.

          I do know that Estia is open for lunch on Saturdays if it helps...

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            lawgirl3278 RE: paychecktoday Apr 2, 2013 05:55 AM

            I've only been to the original Dmitri's, but I would assume all would prepare the octopus the same way.

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          brightman RE: paychecktoday Apr 1, 2013 01:55 PM

          I am still a big fan of South St Souvlaki's octopus.

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            Bob Loblaw RE: paychecktoday Apr 1, 2013 02:22 PM

            I've heard some Rumours about good Octopus, but since this is really Over My Head,, I suggest that you Go Your Own Way. And if it's not good enough, Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow as you eat.

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              cwdonald RE: paychecktoday Apr 2, 2013 05:59 AM

              Has anyone had the grilled octopus at Opa?

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                mookleknuck RE: paychecktoday Apr 2, 2013 09:07 PM

                Amada has better grilled octopus than Dmitri's, but not better prices, and OpenTable shows no availability Saturday night. I haven't tasted any differences in Dmitri's grilled octopus in two of their locations, so I'd consider which would be most accessible. I'd also consider Koo Zee Doo which has a nice octopus appetizer, which if memory serves, is grilled and served in a bright sauce (please feel free to correct me as it has been at least six months since I was last there).

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