Looking for a comfortable spot for lunch with a friend or an intimate table for date night? Elmwood’s Acropolis hits the spot with both traditional Greek cuisine and a twist on Mediterranean style.
The Facts:708 Elmwood Ave. | (716) 886-2977
Mon – Wed: 9am-11pm; Thurs – Fri: 9am-2am; Sat: 8am-2am; Sun: 8am-5pm
First things first, we gave into the holiday spirit at 1pm on a weekday and ordered Great Lake Oktoberfest drafts (you know how hard it is to turn down those seasonal beers). This was my first time inside Acropolis and the atmosphere was comfortable, laid back and modern. We sat at a high top next to the bar and enjoyed relaxed conversation with our server. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and specials which is something I have come to appreciate greatly and expect as it is the standard these days. A server’s attitude and insight into the menu makes all the difference in your experience. If you have a staff that’s not interested in freely dispensing charm to guests, you stick out like a sore thumb in the minds of diners everywhere. There are just too many good places with exceptional service to repeat a place where you feel unwelcome.
For lunch I decided on one of the specials, A flatbread with chicken, poblano peppers, pepper jack cheese, lettuce & jalapeño mayo ($9). It was excellent. Afraid the heat might be painful after one bite, I was satisfied with the kick; it was just right. It came with a plate of Greek potatoes, sprinkled with fresh herbs. We also ordered a Falafel Roll Up -served with lettuce, tomatoes, onions & feta cheese, a vegetarian option ($6) and a Keftedes Roll up – Greek marinated meatballs served with lettuce, tomatoes, onions & feta ($6). Both had tzatziki sauce on the side. The roll ups were delightful. The ingredients were fresh, and the all so important pita was soft and delicious. As I write this now & flip through pictures my mouth waters for the Keftedes Roll Up…
The menu is quite extensive at Acropolis. In addition to specials they have a full list of mezes (small dishes) including spreads & cheese served with Greek pita ranging from $3 to $13. They offer lunch entrées, traditional American favorites (think Philly Cheesesteak or NY Ruben), plus for dinner an Authentic Greek Menu (where the real treats are). Some options are Roasted Lamb Shank – their specialty, slowly roasted in a seasoned red wine tomato sauce ($15) and Gemista – peppers stuffed with rice, seasoned ground beef & topped with a tomato herb sauce and side options ($13). These Greek entrées range in price from $11 to $15, not bad. And to top it all of, they serve breakfast! Big, little, omelets, hash, you name it.
While the menu might be reminiscent of a traditional Greek restaurant (in all the best ways), the space lends itself to a more elegant atmosphere. The authentic Greek cuisine and modern design make for a desirable experience.
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