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Excellent experiences with Dizzy's, Helios


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Excellent experiences with Dizzy's, Helios

planetjess | | Jun 24, 2009 02:19 PM

Sometimes my husband is a pain in my rear--most often when we are trying to decide on dinner delivery. He doesn't like anything spicy, isn't a fan of pizza, could take or leave pasta, only admits to liking one Thai dish, will cross a restaurant off his "list" after a single unsatisfying experience, defaults far too easily to what we call Chinese spaghetti and meatballs (lo mein with General Tso's on top) and, until about a week ago, maintained that there is no place in PS that will deliver a decent burger (he can identify almost to the month when he thought 2nd Street Cafe's burger (RIP) started to go downhill).

Thanks to advice from these parts, our go-to repertoire has expanded almost geometrically over the past two weeks. The Dizzy's burger has received an enthusiastic seal of approval--I am told that it was juicy, flavorful and actually cooked to specification, and my spicy tuna macaroni casserole filled some kind of bizarro comfort food hole in my heart I didn't even know I had.

Helios is even better. Bolstered by my success with the Dizzy's experiment, I suggested we branch into Greek for an evening, noting that he could try the burger (rec'd here) if he didn't want to try anything new. Instead he decided to get whatever I tried, and three bites into his "Helios Special" pita, he proclaimed this an unmitigated success:
--Spanakopita: served in two baklava-sized wedges, this was far from the sad, soggy, muddy-flavored mess that I've unfortunately come to expect from Greek delivery. The pieces were crispy and savory (though I wish the feta flavor came through a bit more brightly). Perfect for splitting as an appetizer.
--Helios special pita: This is like the delicious bastard love child of souvlaki and gyro--veal and beef in chunks like souvlaki, but ground and spiced like my favorite lamb gyro. They are very generous with the thick and luscious tsatsiki, tomatoes, and onions (though a bit over-generous with the greens, 90% of which I ended up removing, guiltily--more on that in a second), and the pita was fluffy and wonderful.
--Horiatiki salad: tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, feta--simple, delicious, huge, and incredibly fresh. This was in keeping with my favorite aspect of the food in general--the quality of the ingredients. I felt guilty about picking the greens off my pita because this was no ordinary bulk lettuce, but a mound of lovely mesclun greens that I would have been happy to have been served on its own. This was characteristic of all of the produce components of our meal--as though somebody there is actually paying attention to the quality of things that at most places they treat as an after-thought or space filler.

All of the portions were generous and the prices reasonable. Ordered a duplicate meal from there again a couple of days later--next time will branch into the moussaka and htipiti (though, alas, no pastitsio, my other Greek comfort food)--and the food was similarly excellent. Highly recommended.

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