NOTE: This restaurant is now closed
Some restaurant locations are jinxed. On Wade Hampton Boulevard stands an unusual building with a multipointed roof that has been The Gazebo, Swensens Ice Cream, Driggers Barbecue, and now is the new home of the Acropolis. I’m hoping the Acropolis can overcome the curse, because their food is superb, and I hope they are there a long time. (To be honest, the first two restaurants did stick around for a long time. Swensens only went under when the Bijou closed and they switched to a meat-n-three.)
We had visited the Acropolis Express several times for sandwiches, but tended to limit our visits because they only had seating in an outdoor covered area. They have done a nice job converting the Gazebo into a neat dining area with subtle Greek touches. The decor is clean but spartan, pun intended.
The wonderful sandwiches from Express have been transported to the new location, along with an extended selection of Greek and Mediterranean platters. There are a few American choices in the sandwich line, but most items are Mediterranean.
The main course was preceded by a Greek salad with the house dressing. It was typical, but with small rectangles of feta cheese. I ordered an Gyro platter with falafel and hummous, while Laura had the Dolmades platter. Everything had intense, yet distinct flavors. The hummous had a strong lemon flavor, and blended marvelously with the chunks of tomato, cucumber, and squares of feta. The gyro lamb and fried falafel each had their own distinctive flavors, but were complemented by the hummous. I couldn’t finish it all. Laura’s dolmades were good, but were not quite as good as those at the Olympian. While the flavors were excellent, the rice seemed like it had been pureed. The texture was all wrong.
This is some of the best Mediteranean cuisine in town. I welcome the move to the new location.