Between multiple jobs or projects in our art career, day jobs, side gigs, chores, and everything else we do all day, time to cook and clean up afterward isn’t always available. And when it is, sometimes the energy just isn’t there. Fast food is always an option, but it’s never as healthy, and never quite as good as a home cooked meal.
Acropolis Restaurant in Utica may be the perfect solution. One quick phone call to place your order and schedule a pickup time, and you’re looking forward to the best home cooked Greek dinner in town, without spending the time and effort to cook.
Each Friday, Acropolis offers a fish fry. At first glance, you wouldn’t think this dish would be anything special. A lot of places offer a fish fry on Fridays. But no place serves a fish fry that’s quite this good. Fish is not a favorite food of mine, but the large slabs of perfectly golden, yet still tender and flaky Haddock seasoned with just a hint of the juice of the lemon that rests on top, and dipped in the little cup of tartar sauce, quickly became the only fish I truly enjoy. Acropolis’ fish is served next to a side of Cole slaw, and resting on top of an order of the best French fries in town.
Those looking for a traditional Greek meal may want to try one of their “neighborhoods” or “plates.”
All I could say when I first tasted the “Lamb Neighborhood” was, “This is the best lamb I ever ate.” The dish consists of one skewer of lamb marinated in olive oil, lemon, and spices, a fresh Greek salad featuring a single stuffed grape leaf as an extra treat, Pita bread, and traditional Greek tzatziki dip. The only reason I didn’t want more is because the portion was so big, I was too full to take another bite of anything.
While the “neighborhood” dishes include a salad along with your main dish and pita bread, the “plates” are served with a side of cooked seasoned vegetables and rice topped with a tangy, slightly spicy tomato sauce. A plate of the rice and vegetables alone is available, and would be worth it just to have their sides. The vegetable are perfectly seasoned, and the sauce and rice is a treat all by itself. I tried the “Gyro Plate,” which includes slices of a gyro loaf made of beef, lamb, and spices. A bit smoother in texture than American meat loaf, this gyro loaf tasted like taking a bite of perfectly spiced lamb and beef gyro at the same time.
When I learned that I am partly of Greek descent a few years ago, I made it my goal to try as much traditional Greek food as I could find, and to locate the best Mousaka and Pastitsio in town. And here it is, at Acropolis.
Mousaka is pretty good anywhere, but Mousaka Acropolis has more eggplant and zucchini, more flavorful ground beef, and creamier behamel sauce than anywhere else. On their menu, Pastitsio is described as “Greek lasagna.” Lasagna has always been a favorite Italian dish of mine, so I especially looked forward to trying this dish. The description is spot-on. The flavor is definitely Greek, with different spices and a creamy bechamel sauce rather than the flavors found in Italian cooking, but it has the same comforting, tender layers of pasta as its Italian counterpart. As an added bonus, both of these dishes are served with Acropolis’ seasoned vegetables and rice.
Acropolis Greek Restaurant is truly the best place in town for those days when working on a project makes it impossible to prepare a home cooked meal, or when you just want to enjoy…or try….an authentic Greek home cooked meal. The meal prices are reasonable, ranging from $9.95 for the aforementioned Rice and Vegetable plate, to $20.50 for a Lamb Souvlaki plate, and $22.75 for a Grilled Lobster Neighborhood. Appetizers are also available, ranging from $5.95 for French Fries to $7.50 for a traditional Spinach or Cheese pie (Spanakopita or Tiropita) to $12.75 for a fried shrimp appetizer. Dessert selections include Greek Wedding Cookies, Rice Pudding, and of course, Baklava.
All prices and dishes were taken from the 1/7/21 edition of the business’ menu, and are not a complete list of the restaurant’s offerings. Visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AcropolisUtica for updated information and a copy of the current menu.
Acropolis is, as of the writing of this piece, open for takeout only, every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 4:30p-7:30p. They are located at 621 James street in Utica. Once you check out their menu, place your order by phone at 315-793-1015.