Pantheon vs. Avli?
My girlfriend loves Greek food so for her birthday I wanted to take her to a good spot. I narrowed it down to Pantheon and Avli, which would you guys recommend?
Avli has a somewhat more interesting menu, whereas choices at Pantheon are more typical for Danforth Greek. I agree with Millygirl that Pantheon is known for its fish, and Avli for its pies.
Portions tend to be larger at Pantheon, and prices tend to be a little more expensive at Avli.
Avli used to be considered the best place for dips, but I haven't ordered any recently.
I'd probably lean towards Avli for a birthday, mostly because it tends to be less crowded and quieter. Avli's decor/atmosphere is also a little more upscale.
OP, which dishes does your girlfriend tend to order?
I think it depends on what you order at most Greek restaurants on the Danforth. Most restaurants do at least a few dishes fairly well.
I haven't eaten at Avli in the last 6 months, but I usually stick to the mezes, the spanakopita and the pies. I haven't been impressed by their fried calamari or their avgolemono soup.
I also wasn't impressed by a recent order of fried calamari at Pantheon, but I did like the grilled octopus, the mixed grill and the moussaka on my second last visit.
I was underwhelmed by a recent visit to the Ouzeri, and even more underwhelmed by a visit to Christina's a couple months ago.
Pan is my current favourite for mezes (Greek share plates). Megas probably serves my favourite pork souvlaki out of the full service restaurant options on the Danforth.