The moment you walk into Christos, you know the food must be good – tables full of people certainly didn’t come for the ambiance. To draw attention away from the industrial tile floors and cheap drop-down ceilings reminiscent of a truck stop, poster-sized photos of the Mediterranean and random trinkets crowd the walls. But the white tablecloths, tall plants, string lights and large windows facing the Eat Street neighborhood do what they can to add refined comfort to the dining area. Christos is definitely not romantic, but it’s far from grungy – most bluntly, the setting’s a mixed bag of tasteful and tacky.
Luckily, we found the food is the focus of attention. Beginning with the Dip Sampler appetizer plate, we sampled chickpea hummus, creamy tzatziki sauce, melintzanosalata (roasted eggplant puree) and skordalia (garlic potato puree) with fresh vegetables and warm pita. Each dip was served chilled and had a distinctly different flavor and texture from the others. The sampler itself was so filling it could have been a meal shared between us. But having found that out too late, more food was on the way.
Our main course began with a cup of tomato basil soup – a perfect autumn choice. Bits of basil enhanced the rich tomato taste and chunks of feta added to the hearty texture. When our main dishes arrived, the enormous servings overfilled the plates. Jim’s Shrimp Myconos, recommended as a customer favorite, combined a hefty serving of jumbo shrimp, vegetables, and feta over a white rice pilaf. Together, the spices, vegetables and cheese had the right amount of kick, and the large proportion of shrimp and vegetables to rice made it more substance than starch. My Greek Hash mixed potatoes, vegetables and gyro meat with oregano and feta. The lamb and sautéed vegetables contributed their fair share of oil, but the creamy cheese and savory spices made each bite enjoyable … grease and all.
Overall, the food was delicious – likely due to copious handfuls of feta and a bold use of olive oil. Seasoned meat, sautéed vegetables, fluffy rice and a lot of cheese certainly don’t make it a health-conscious spot, but Christos excellently executes indulgent comfort. And, the service was welcoming and helpful when deciding what to choose from the pleasantly diverse menu.
If ambiance is what you’re after, you’d be better off somewhere else. But for large portions of succulent ingredients with tasty flavors, Christos hits the spot. We no longer wonder if it’s possible to consume an entire block of feta in one sitting. I think we did it.
RATING (out of 5 ♠♠♠♠♠)
Menu Selection: ♠♠♠
Food Taste & Presentation: ♠♠♠
COMPLETE EXPERIENCE: ♠♠♠
Total bill, including tip: $54