This week, Pam and I decided it was time to get our Greek on, so on a friend's recommendation, we set out for Souvlaki Grill II, located at 523 25th St. in West Palm Beach for lunch. Here's our report:
PAM: The restaurant is located on a busy thoroughfare between US Hwy 1 and Dixie Highway. It's in the Northwood area, where you'll find a variety of unique, colorful shops and eateries with attractive curb-appeal.
GERRY: On street parking in front of the restaurant is at a premium, but cars tend to move in and out quickly enough. We snagged a place, immediately, across the street from the entrance.
PAM: The exterior clearly identifies the place as Greek, through blue and white colors with distinctive, Greek-style lettering. Stepping inside, there are a few metal tables, and a small counter with seats facing the window. If you prefer to dine al fresco, there are tables on the sidewalk as well. We chose indoors, as the weather looked threatening. It was a wise choice as the skies opened up and poured rain midway through our lunch. Large menus are placed above the order/preparation area, so I had to step away in order to peruse the selections. I tried not to be overwhelmed on this first visit.
GERRY: You place your order at the counter and when ready, the food is delivered to your table. A lot of their business seems to be take-out, which looked to be very popular.
PAM: As I warned the friendly staffer behind the counter who was prepared to take my order, this was our first time, so she offered to go over the menu with me. I would never have asked her to do such a task during busy lunch time, but it was an appreciated gesture.
GERRY: They do have an extensive menu -- pretty much anything Greek you would want. I overheard a diner raving about their grilled octopus. I'll have to take their word for that; octopus is a little out of my wheelhouse!
PAM: I kept it simple by ordering a Greek sandwich, with a side of Greek potatoes. It arrived as ordered, wrapped in a cone of paper-grilled chicken, fully-loaded, on soft, warm pita bread. The filling was ample, spilling onto the plate. I am very picky about how potatoes are prepared. Many times they are so completely over-cooked there is no taste. The Greek potatoes I ordered on the side were cooked and seasoned to perfection. Delicious. Drinking from Styrofoam is not my favorite, but the iced tea was fresh and tasty.
GERRY: I went with the Souvlaki Chicken Platter, which came with two large skewers of grilled chicken, Greek or Caesar salad (I went with Greek) and one side dish ( I opted for the Greek potatoes). The Greek salad arrived first, and it was a bowl of deliciousness. Tomatoes, lettuce, olives, red onions and feta cheese, which I happily passed to Pam (she loves her cheeses). The chicken was flavorful and tender, and I agree -- the Greek potatoes were topnotch. So much goodness.
PAM: No room for dessert on this restaurant excursion. Maybe next time, but I would rather just have more Greek potatoes! I see many return visits to Souvlaki’s. Dine in or take-out!
GERRY: I second that!