YA’LL! Why me? I promise I do not have unreasonable expectations of our many local eateries but it seems like I end up in this situation too often, writing a not stellar description of a meal.
Helen has gotten unbelievable press and accolades from all. At one time, we planned a meet up there for Sunday brunch but it fell through, which is probably not a bad thing.
Anyway, I ended up there for lunch recently. The lunch menu is pretty limited but has a couple of pita “sandwiches,” a couple of salads to which a grilled chicken skewer can be added, a fish of the day (which that day was whole branzino for $58), stuffed blistered banana peppers and a few other tapas sized dishes.
I ordered the “three dip” appetizer while I waited for my friend to arrive. The selections change daily, on this day it was (l-r) smoked eggplant, spicy feta spread and hummus spiked with roe and topped with lemony olive oil.
The dips were pretty good. The eggplant was really smokey, the feta was really spicy and the roe was really fishy.
I ordered the chicken souvlaki with oregano fries while my friend ordered the gyro. The gyro is made with pork only which…why? There is a lamb/beef meatball on the menu so it’s possible. I tasted the meat and it was well seasoned if a bit dry. She did not finish it.
My grilled chicken skewer was served on a pita over a mere dab of thin “house made tzatziki” and sprinkled with a few baby arugula leaves. The oregano fries were underdone and had no oregano flavor. The chicken was bland and unseasoned. I did not finish it either.
We waited quite a while for the food to be delivered and most disappointing of all is that it was all served at room temperature. This is a big deal in my book.
The waiter was very polite, attentive and eager to answer questions. The restaurant itself is very small, much smaller than I expected and in touting itself as a tavern, it is not far off. There is very much a tavern feel to the decor. The bar area where we ate is separate from the main dining room. There’s an extensive wine list which I didn’t look at.
Parking in the Village is difficult to find. All in all, I don’t believe I will fight the traffic and parking woes to return again.