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O Fado's successor /grand opening - long

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O Fado's successor /grand opening - long

JRL | Sep 28, 2005 05:59 PM

Search of recent posts turned up nothing, so hope this (good) news:

O Fado has been reincarnated as Acropolis, open about a week or so. After calling to make sure the restuarant had opened, H & I went last night, expecting to find a brand new Greek restaurant.

Much to our surprise and delight, what we found we found was a hybrid Greek/Portuguese menu. The new owners are a few of the prior staff and a Greek partner (I think our waitress said a brother-in-law) with both a Greek and aPortuguese cook in the kitchen.

The menu is heavy on the Greek appetizers - we shared a plate of mixed spreads all made in house(pikilia)which came with a few heated mini-pitas - taramosalata, tzatziki, eggplant salad (melitsnsalata - sp?) and a spicy feta spread. In order of deliciousness: eggplant - had nice texture, really good eggplant and onion flavor; feta spread - feta, hot pepper, olive oil - tasting of all; tzatiki - with shreds of cucumber-taste was good, texture a little looser (or water-ier, depending on your perspective) than you usually see; taramosalata - a version made with potatoes, which is not our favorite; for that kind, it was pretty good.

All the expected Greek apps, plus a few from the OFado menu - clams come to mind; some of the OFado soups plus avgolemeno; greek salad made without lettuce.

Entrees come with the same iceberg lettuce salad, but now homemade Greek dressing is available - oil and lemon, didn't taste any Greek seasoning, but non-vinegar based Greek dressing is a rarity that I'm all for.

For dinner, we shared our OFado favorite - bacala a braz(sp?) - scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacala and onions. Portion was a bit smaller, but it was even better than before. Asked for a side of green vegetables, as we always do - got a combo of nicely cooked,plain green beans and broccoli, over which we proceeded to pour the Greek dressing we had left.

Some Greek main courses added - mousakka, pastitsio, souvlaki, roast lamb, grilled octopus and another fish.
Several of the OFado meat dishes, the bbqd chicken and most of the seafood (caldeirada, mariscada, paella) are still on the menu. Prices are, I think, a little higher and they don't seem to give you the little bowls of marinated veggies and olives while you wait. Same bread basket.

Still have lunch specials - including sardines which will appear on the dinner menu at some point.

One of the former waitresses (now one of the owners,I think) who always treated us well, but hadn't been there for ages, was cooking. When she got the order for the baccala a braz with a side of green vegs, she knew it was us and came out to say hello and to talk about the new venture. There will be daily specials and certain things that may not be on the menu may come back based on demand. She'll be cooking Portuguese food evenings; her brother, who was one of the cooks there, will do days.

Grand Opening starts next Thurs (thru the weekend?) - 1/2 price food, liquor reg. price

Glad they're back and looking forward to the new additions. I'm sure all the hounds who loved it before will help keep them in business!

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