Friday, June 13, 2008

Mythos Grecian Grill

Mythos Grecian Grill
100 E. 4th St.

Vegetarians rejoice.

Mythos Grecian Grill on 4th Street has a huge selection of vegetarian options served up fast. Go early or endure long lines at lunchtime – queues move quickly but you may be hard pressed to find a table in this popular eatery if you arrive after noon.

A gripe I’ve had with the smaller Mythos outposts around town is that they rely on foil wrappers and Styrofoam plates – possibly because they don’t have a large enough space for dishwashing – but at the 4th St. location the lunch selections come on nice melamine platters, and at dinner it’s classic white china. Yay!

Evenings are less rushed and a little more posh with white linens on the tables and tableside service instead of ordering at the lunch counter. You'll also find an expanded menu in the evening with Greek specialties like Saganaki, which is a block of cassari or kefalatore cheese flambéed with Cognac and a squeeze of lemon juice. It’s crispy on the edges but gooey in the middle; a salty-sour bit of heaven.

I’ve been steadily working my way through their vast menu – although it’s difficult to deviate from the perfection that is the veggie pita – and I have yet to be disappointed in my selections.

Veggie Pita with fries - sweet perfection!

On the appetizer menu there are zucchini croquettes (kolokithokeftedes), cheese puffs (tiropita), spinach cheese puffs (spanakopita), grape leaves with rice (dolmathakia), and several cheese, olive and dip platters to choose from.

Their lunch portion of Mousaka (fresh potatoes, eggplant, zucchini tomato sauce and parmesan topped with a creamy béchamel sauce) is a meal in itself at $8.45, yet you also get a huge Greek salad to round out the dish. At dinner time it costs a few dollars more but comes with both the massive salad AND a side of Greek lemon fries. The dish is quite hearty and I found it to be way too much food, especially since I had already gorged myself on saganaki…and shared a feta & olive platter with my girlfriend, as well as a dip sampler that included hummus, fire feta and tzatziki with pita bread and veggies. In our defense, it was all too delectable to turn down and besides, a Greek meal isn't complete unless every inch of table space is taken up with delicious goodies.

Other vegetarian dishes at Mythos include a stuffed eggplant dish, stuffed peppers, a meal-sized version of the dolmathakia and a veggie combo platter that includes nearly every vegetarian appetizer on the menu.

At lunch I’m partial to the fresh veggie pita wrap. The fluffy pita comes slathered with tzatziki sauce and topped with a Greek Salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, pepperoncini, lettuce, onion, feta and Greek dressing. It’s a simple and satisfying dish and comes with your choice of hand-cut, crispy French fries, flavored rice or a side salad. Vegans are also catered to with the hummus pita wrap, which is similar to the veggie pita but hummus is substituted for the tzatziki. For those wanting a hot sandwich Mythos carries the ever-present veggie burger.

The restaurant has what might be considered odd hours for downtown: they are open for lunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. They do not have a liquor license, so plan accordingly.

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k said...

sounds yummy! i love greek food but have never tried mythos. thanks for the review!

jessica said...

Hi! I found your blog as I was looking online for recommended vegetarian restaurants in Cincinnati. Are there a few that shine out that you'd recommend? Or is there a farmer's market cafe?

Veggie Option said...

Hi Jessica - there are a couple of places around town that have a very good selection of vegetarian options. Topping the list would be Melt in Northside. Nearly everything on the menu is vegeterian/vegan and it's a groovy little place in an interesting and eclectic neighborhood. Highly recommended. In downtown there's an Indian lunch buffet (Akash, which I haven't reviewed yet) which is decent but the place is usually dead in the evenings. Also in downtown (and also not yet reviewed) is Shanghai Mamas. They've got quite a few dishes made with seitan - and they are open quite late (I believe 2-3 a.m.). Akash is on 6th St, Shanghai's on 7th. Just north of the central business district is Over-the-Rhine, which boasts Courtyard Cafe and Lavomatic (both reviewed in this blog) which have nice veggie options and great atmosphere. Across the river there's Greenup Cafe in Covington, Keystone Grille across the street from them (they do veggie-mince shepherd's pie) and in Newport there's Pompilios - probably the best Italian food you are likely go get in the area.

Anonymous said...

In my humble opinion...Myra's is THE best vegetarian restaurant in veggie burger of my life (but lots of other options) It's on Calhoun in Clifton, right across the street from UC.

Heather said...

I love Mythos - but my favorite gyro is from It's Greek To Me in NKY...awesome! (and they do have some vegetarian items there too)