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Romeo's Euro Cafe

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Romeo's Euro Cafe

tattud_gurl | Sep 8, 2005 08:54 AM

I've been wanting to eat here for a while and now that my wait is over, I'll be back again and again.
The restaurant is down the street from Joe's bbq on Gilbert rd. It’s a very small place, maybe 10 tables. There’s a tiny gift shop at the front as well as a dessert cooler with lots of sweet stuff.
I went twice in one week...that's how impressed I was. Lunch last Thursday with a vegetarian girlfriend and then lunch with hubby on Sunday.
I was very surprised to see that they have a HUGE menu. At least 30 appetizers, 15 salads and a plethora of chicken, seafood, pasta, eggplant dishes, pizzas, sandwiches and pita's, not to mention the many desserts that are on display as you walk in the front door. YUM.
On Thursday we just had 4 apps to share. Now like I said, she's a veggie and she didn't have a hard time finding anything to eat on this menu.
We ordered the asparagus puffs which was fillo dough stuffed with asparagus, almonds, garlic, swiss and ricotta cheese and then baked. It's served with a side of ranch dressing. All I know is it was GOOD! This dish was really tasty and large enough for the 2 of us.
Our next dish was the blue tomatoes. Sliced tomatoes topped with blue cheese and baked. It was served with a baguette. This dish was really good, but VERY blue cheesy. My friend didn't like it as much as I did...but I'm a blue cheese freak, so I loved it.
Our next option was called spanaki balls which is spinach, rice, mozzarella and parmesan, deep fried and served with cold marinara sauce. This was also very good and very cheesy. Be sure to hold one with your hand while you cut into it. They tend to fly off the table.
Last but not least was the herbed foccacia with balsamic, olive oil and parmesan. NOT GOOD AT ALL. It wasn’t even foccacia bread. It was like French bread baked to LOOK like foccacia and sprinkled with herbs. Yucky. We had 2 bites and pushed it aside. Everything was good except for the foccacia.

Now lunch on Sunday was a real treat. We started out with the artichokes vinaigrette. The artichoke hearts were tossed in a dijon vinaigrette sauce and served with a wheat baguette. Very good. We almost licked the bowl clean.
HB had the gyro plate which was HUGE and the best gyro meat I’ve had. It was tender and garlicky. The plate had sliced tomatoes, red onion, kalamata olives, a hunk of feta cheese and pita triangles. The best part was the yogurt sauce that came on the side. This was some of the best yogurt sauce I’ve had. It was cool and creamy and cucumbery. YUM! His lunch was definitely better than mine.
I had a pocket sub that was a wheat roll, cut out and stuffed with pastrami, red cabbage, tossed in 100 island and topped with emmanthler cheese. This was ok, but way too much cabbage and way too much 100 island. But it was edible.
My sandwich didn’t come with fries or anything, but HB platter came with soup or salad. He tried the soup of the day that had andouille sausage, black beans, green chili and potatoes. It was pretty good, but his entrée was awesome.
We dabbled with dessert. We tried the satin explosion I think it was called. It was white cake with cream cheese frosting, white chocolate, coconut, and grand marnier. It had potential to be really good, but it was really dry and tasteless. I was bummed because I was really looking forward to eating it.
The owner, Romeo was sitting at a table behind us and he heard me ask the waitress about the yogurt sauce. He chimed in that he sells it by the jar for 5 bucks….so I bought some. It’s great with my veggies I snack on at work.

So I will go again and try something else. There’s SO much to choose from.

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