Monday, March 1, 2010

Athens N.Y. Style Diner in Mount Dora, FL

I always enjoy my visits to the Greek Diners up in New York and New Jersey. They seem to be a mostly regional thing and rarely are seen elsewhere. While the quality varies greatly from diner to diner, I seem to always end up at a Greek diner at least once whenever I'm up north.

While in Mount Dora one afternoon, I decided to try Athens N.Y. Style Diner to see how they compare to the Greek diners that I've eaten at actually located in New York.
Athens N.Y. Style Diner
Athens is located in a strip mall. No classic diner building here. The interior of Athens seemed very dated...
Athens N.Y. Style Diner
A basket of rolls was brought out first. They were okay, but where was the challah and assorted crackers that you get in Greek diners in New York? And how about the appetizer plate of celery, carrots, and radishes that you get from New York Greek diners at dinner time?
I ordered a Chicken Souvlaki Pita. Rather than getting the normal side of fries, I substituted a side Greek Salad. It consisted of lettuce, onions, cucumber, olives, and feta cheese.
Greek Salad
My pita soon followed the salad. It was filled with chicken, lettuce, onions, and tzatziki. While there was nothing exactly wrong with the pita, it all tasted very bland. Even with the tzatziki drenching the interior of the pita, there really wasn't much of any flavor that stood out. Athens needs to put more seasoning on their chicken or maybe add more spice to the tzatziki...
Chicken Soulvaki Pita
I've had some pretty tasteless souvlaki pitas in true NY Greek diners, so maybe it was authentic. Overall, Athens NY Style Diner had pretty average food. Nothing worth going out of my way to return to...

Athens NY Style Diner on Urbanspoon


Paul said...

I've been there.. the food is good...

Good luck.

Anonymous said...

I've been there. The food gives me the shits.

Anonymous said...

Been there several times. The food has gone downhill badly since they opened, and now they serve burned food on dirty dishes and neither the cooks nor the servers seem to care.

I won't be back.

Anonymous said...

Tits up. g..o..n..e the recession is the only thing eating here!


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