Sunday, May 07, 2006

Say Opa to The Happy Greek!

This Saturday was the first warm Gallery Hop night in months, so I took this opportunity to see some cool stuff that Columbus had to offer with the Obviously Gay Duo*. The original plan was to meet at the Pistachio so we could start our night right - with desserts! However, the Pistachio did not reopen until 7pm, so we decided to get some actual dinner, that's how we wandered into The Happy Greek Restaurant. There were tons of people walking around Saturday night and the restaurant crowd was enormous, so hostess kindly took our cell phone number and told us we could walk around and when the seat was ready, she would give us a call. So during this down time, we walked around the short north and went into different galleries and I actually saw things that I would get for my condo later! When it's time to go back to the restaurant, we were starving and ready for a feast.

I ordered the sauteed calamari for appetizer followed by pastitsio, and my boyfriend ordered a gyro platter. The calamari was sauteed in tomato, white wine, garlic, parsley, and feta cheese, and the flavor was dynamite! The calamari, unfortunately was the frozen kind, so it tasted a little gummy, nonetheless, the sauce was great for dipping pita bread. The pastitsio was layered with seasoned ground beef and Greek macaroni noodles, which was topped with bechemel sauce and cheese, and baked to perfection. A little bit of tomato sauce on the bottom of the plate accentuated the creamy bechemel sauce. The plate was absolutely delicious! The gyro platter had a small Greek salad and some fries. The grilled gyro was seasoned perfectly, and the meat was so tender and juicy, and even though the platter was huge, my boyfriend still stuffed it all down. The fries was crispy and had their seasoned salt, so I pretty much stole it all from his plate. The Greek salad had the house vinaigrette and was fresh and crispy. The entire dinner was great, on top of that, I finished my drink before my boyfriend finished his beer!

The overall experience of The Happy Greek was very good, and the food ranked 3.75 out of 5 on my yummy scale. If you want to experience great Greek food with friendly staff and ambiance, please go to 660 North High Street, Columbus OH 43215.

*NOTE: The name has been changed due to privacy reasons. And also because they don't want stalkers.

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