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Accropolis in Ybor City

Tandoori Girl | Nov 10, 200312:12 PM

I'd been hearing good things about this place, and I finally was able to steal away for dinner to Accropolis in Ybor City. Accropolis is not ensconced in the rowdy and raucous area where you find inner Ybors' many bars, but rather on the eastern fringe closer to, and a few blocks west of The Columbia on Ybor's main street, Seventh Avenue. Unfortunately, they are not in the phone book but the walk up Seventh Avenue is a short one.

It's guaranteed that you'll have a good time here because the 2-person band with belly-dancer Sheherizade make sure of that with comical one-on-one with able and willing male-type diners, and a few jaunty females. While I defer to my Greek friends for an assessment of the authenticity of the dance and the food here, I'm happy to report that they have given it a thumbs up in both departments.

My food could have been but wasn't excellent (Grouper topped with tomatoes, peppers, onions and spices) because the grouper was not as fresh as I would have liked it. It was a large fillet but I had to douse it with lemon to rid it of its' third day smell (the saying is that fish and houseguests alike begin to stink on the third day). We visited on a Friday night when you would think the restaurant would have just replenished its food supplies in anticipation of the weekend.

The disappointing grouper was redeemed by the vegetables, salad, and orzo that surrounded it, a mountainous feast for the hungry diner. I was with a party of six and there were no other complaints in my group. The kabobs were hearty, beef and shrimp were tender and juicy. The fried cheese appetizer was delicous.

Our only complaint as a group was the music which became overwhelmingly loud. Perhaps they should switch periodically into low gear or take a short hiatus from time to time. This is a very small restaurant and the wall of sound that resonated from the group became bothersome enough for us to request an outside table to finish our drinks.

Aside from minor complaints, I found Accropolis to be an enjoyable and different evening in Ybor.

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