Olympic Gyro and Kabob
(Outer Dunwoody, Winters Chapel Road at intersection with Peeler Road-sorry, Yahoo failed me on this one.)
Brand new. Have driven by for two months, wondering about the sign "Greek and Mediterranean Food". Finally stopped in. Fluorescent lit dining area, with immaculate open kitchen. A very pleasant boomer age Persian couple running things.
Excellent Chelo (ground meat) and Chicken Kabobs. Good rice. Very good Greek salad. Very very good falafel and thick hummes. Superb home made phylo based desserts. Will shortly try the lamb and cornish hen kabobs. Can't report on the Gyro as its something I gave up when I realized Gyros were always frozen and of universal and mysterious Chicago origins. What a treasure for this bedroom community area. And while quality is high, prices are rock bottom.
Arbat European Grocery
Spalding Road, just west of Holcomb Bridge, across from Publix. Yahoo struck out on this one too!
Another new place, just a couple of weeks. Yards and yards of shelves filled with Russian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Estonian, Polish canned goods, pastas and chocolates. Extensive and wide variety of smoked fish at great prices direct from Brooklyn. Good selection of imported cured meats. Still in the process of filling the shelves. I escaped with some fresh pistachio halvah and terrifc Estonian bittersweet chocolate. I haven't seen this many Polish goods since the last time I was in Chicago. And the smoked fish calls out to me even as I write.