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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Mythos Grecian Grill: The real deal

So I went to Mythos Grecian Grill for lunch today (that's the one at 100 E. Fourth St., as opposed to the two smaller Mythos Express locations downtown) and I couldn't get over how crowded it was. My friend and I got there just before noon and there was already a line almost the door and only a few empty tables. I guess other people who work on and around Fourth Street downtown are just as sick of the Tower Place Mall food court, Bruegger's, etc. as we are. At one point they formed a second line for people who were only ordering gyros and paying cash or something like that. Anyway, the line moved quickly with the help of a guy who I'm guessing was one of the owners, who was offering menus to people waiting. I got the hummus pita, which was deliciously overstuffed with hummus, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce and a hard boiled egg in a big soft pita, and equally good fries (I shunned the healthier side choices of rice, soup or Greek salad). Fortunately, there's plenty of seating in that space and it looks like Mythos won't have any problem filling it up, while the Atlanta Bread Company never seemed so busy the few times I went in there. Mythos appears to be trying to become the Skyline of Greek food in Cincinnati; a 65 to 70-seat restaurant in the Chiquita Center is supposed to open next spring in addition to the three existing downtown locations. I guess you should never be too far from a good gyro.



at 3:25 PM Blogger Rob said...

Given how it came to be, there's a case to be made that Skyline is the Skyline of Greek food in Cincinnati.

at 4:18 PM Anonymous TJ Jackson of Roadfood.com said...

The much large Grille location has a lot more menu items, but the quality of the food remains average to poor. Much MUCH better gyros and related items can be had at Jordan Valley on 4th and Marrekesh Cafe on Elm. This business is not oriented on quality, but on volume - I saw them toss a dry, hard, precooked burger on the flattop grill for a customer at 4pm when they had no line and could easily have cooked fresh. The pastichio is flat-out awful. If you order risotto, you'll get watery undercooked rice. Really, this place is NOT the real deal, it is quite the opposite, despite the fact that the owner is omnipresent, which is *usually* a good sign.

at 4:38 PM Blogger Lauren Bishop said...

Ha, excellent point, Rob. And TJ, I'm far from a Greek food connoisseur (as a vegetarian, I don't think I could really be one), so thanks for the other recommendations!

at 5:10 PM Anonymous TJ Jackson of Roadfood.com said...

No prob, Lauren - Jordan Valley or Marrakesh Cafe have plenty of much better vegetarian items. If you're in the Enquirer Building, Jordan Valley is right around the corner from youtc

at 7:29 PM Blogger Mary said...

Don't forget about Sebastian's on the West Side. They have a fabulous Gyro. Well worth the trek to Glenway Ave.

at 8:12 AM Anonymous TJ Jackson said...

True - Sebastian's has the very best gyros in town, hands down....I dearly love Sebastian's......I meant rather that Jordan and Marrekesh have the best gyros downtown. Hard to get to Sebastian's at lunch when you work downtown :-) Sebastian's menu is far more limited as well....and the only place I know that lists "meat" as a side dish :-)

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