Restaurants & Bars

Greek in Riverside? Who'd a thunk it?

LBQT | Sep 22, 2004 04:30 PM

Having had no CH recommendations for anyplace to meet a friend in Riverside, I had to resort to plain old internet research, and came up with Babylon. Advertised as a Mediterranean restaurant, it serves a mixture of Greek/Lebanese/Armenian cuisine. The lamb filled dolmades (served warm; no avgolemono sauce) and saganaki were quite good. Salads came with dinner, and were full of fresh lettuce, ripe tomatoes, chunks of cucumber and red onion. The house dressing is a very pleasant lemon-oil dressing, in the Greek vein. For entrees we had a marinated chicken (my friend said it was delicious), and I had a chicken kebab (called Shish Tawouk on the menu). My chicken was a bit on the dry side, but nicely seasoned, and interspersed with grilled veggies. Portions were more than ample, and came atop a pile of fluffy rice, with a side of hummous, and pickled turnip garnish. I didn't care for the pita bread - it was a heavy, oval type of bread, not as light as the Greek pita I'm used to. Service was excellent, and the place is very pleasant. Prices very reasonable (dinners were $13-19). They have music and a belly dancer on weekends.

4085 Vine St (just off the 91, University St. exit)
Riverside 92507
(909) 784-3033

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