Some time ago I bemoaned the fact that I had to drive an hour to Pithari Taverna in Highland Park to satisfy my Greek food craving. Today, in the space of about 45 minutes, I learned of two new Greek restaurants in the Bridgewater/Somerville area, about half an hour from me. One of these restaurants is open, the other is coming soon, or so they say.
The one that's open is Grill 85, located at 85 Old York Road in Bridgewater. If you're familiar with the area, it's very near Fortune Cookies, a dynamite Chinese restaurant. Grill 85 is a pretty small place, more conducive to lunch than dinner, though they are open until 11 PM. If you look at their on-line menu, it's split between what they call American Fair (sic) and Mediterranean, the latter being mainly Greek dishes. There's nothing earth shattering about the Greek selections (moussaka, spanakopita, gyros, souvlaki, baklava, etc.) but hey, it's fairly close to me! I picked up a menu today and will probably try them for lunch in the next week or so. Btw, their pricing seems to be absolutely ridiculous (half an oven roasted chicken with two sides for $6??).
The second place is, or will be, on Main Street in Somerville where Splash of Thai used to be. There's a huge sign in the window saying AUTHENTIC GREEK CUISINE but nothing else. No name, no opening date, no hint of who's behind it. I guess we'll just have to wait. The space is pretty large so I’m hoping this restaurant will be more substantial than Grill 85.
The closing of Splash of Thai seems to have broken Somerville’s Law of the Conservation of Thai Restaurants, i.e. if one closes, one opens in the same location. I believe the number of Thai restaurants in Bridgewater/Somerville is now down to five.