hearing at Hemlock Tavern
Great Zeus almighty
it's been a long time since we rendered a verdict. Shameful. And we're
sorry. Really. If anyone cares. Do they? No? Never mind then.
time we hit the Greek food. Sure, we've hit Mediterranean, but this
is specifically Greek and it's Myconos. Conveniently placed on Polk
Street, near your favorite bars and book stores.
Everyone loves a
gyro, and Myconos is serving up a nice one. Or some nice ones. A nice
of them, really. That's what I got. You can
tell by the picture that it's more of a knife and fork deal. That's
the back, on the right. Yeah. Of course, this is the "Dinner
it comes with other fare. I guess if you got a gyro to go it might
be edible by hand alone. The menu says "Gyro (shawarma)," which
further adds to my confusion on the subject, but it's pretty dang
good, whatever it is. I believe this was shaved off the spinning
but then it almost seemed like actual strips of meat. Plentiful and
tasty, piled on the pita bread with a zippy yogurt sauce drizzled
upon it. Beside
that they throw down a sizable "Greek salad" of fresh lettuce,
tomatoes, onions, olives, and feta cheese. And beside that they have
the "cottage potatoes," which were pretty good, in a scalloped,
pan-roasted sort of way. This was a huge plate of food for $8.95.
Not bad, Socrates!
Also would recommend
the dolmas, which I normally don't like, but these are milder somehow,
fresher tasting, and pretty
good with their
yogurty sauce. And I believe that other thing (it's been a long,
long time) was
Kaftedes (Greek style meatballs). As I recall they were tasty,
but maybe a little dry. But then they've got a...wait for it...yogurt
top to moisten them up.
Anyway, I was bloated
up like a Greek goat by the time we rolled out of there. Check it out
after drinking half
the night away at
street saloon -- you won't regret it.
Myconos, named for
a Greek island sometimes spelled with a K and sometimes with a C, at
least on the InterWeb, is the only straight-up Greek restaurant I've
encountered in San Francisco. So I don't have much to go on, but it
seemed to all of us quite authentic.
never had quite a dish like moussaka, an elaborate square of layered eggplant,
ground beef, and a creamy, odd sauce called
bechamel. The bechamel sauce had a distinct cinnamon flavor to it that
was a bit much for me. Cinnamon and beef are not good bedfellows in
my dining book. The beef seemed like it could use some seasoning, but
I had to respect this unique and carefully architected dish. (It's
doubtful that "architected" is a word.)
Layering seems big
in Greek cuisine. Spanakopita features an uncountable number of spinach
and filo layers, the filo membrane-thin. Very industrious,
these dishes. This was pretty great, and I wished I'd ordered it
instead of Judge McC.
Everything else was
good too. Judge T's gyros were also better than my moussaka, I think.
The dolmas we had for an
sauce dripped over them (bechamel again? I just can't remember).
I often don't like dolmas on account of an overly vinegary taste,
cut that well, and I found it a wise addition.
am I, where am I, what?
like ages since we visited Myconos -- was it yesterday or four months
I can't remember, I'm losing my mind.
the food good? Sure it was.
did I have? The Spanakopita I believe, if my feeble brain isn't lying
to me. I recall spinach, cheesy
goodness, and a flaky crust ($7.75). The large portion came with
a Greek salad and made a fine meal.
Appetoooooozers were nice. Especially the Dolmades (stuffed grape
leaves). Usually not my favorite, these were plump and not as sour
as others I've
tried. We also
tried the Keftedes (Greek style meatballs). They
were also nice, I think.
to bring your own beer. They
didn't have the proper license yet when we were there. Check
with the restaurant when you go in and if need be there is
a liquor store
a couple doors down where you can load up on your favorite