Haven't been eating much Greek food since I moved to Boston from the NY/NJ area, but finally got around to getting takeout from Steve's on Newbury...we were VERY happy. Probably the best takeout meal I've had in the Back Bay since I moved here (we usually look to other neighborhoods).
We got three appetizers: feta and olives, stuffed grape leaves, and a big containers of their tzaziki. The olives and feta were great...the olives had a perfect briney smack. I really like their tzaziki...a bit on the thick side, but refreshing and garlicy with whole pieces of cucumber. They gave us a whole package of pita breads that went great with it. I also enjoyed putting dollops of it on the Grape Leaves, which, imho, were a little on the bland side. They were stuffed with ground beef, but needed a bit of flavor, maybe hot sauce would have helped.
The felafel was good, but not as good as Cafe Jaffa. Maybe next time I'll get the greek stuff from Steve's and the middle eastern from Jaffa. The hummous that came with it was lovely though.
The greek salad= fantastic! Probably even tastier than the kebabs that came over it, which were good nonetheless. We had chicken, beef, and lamb, of which the chicken was actually my favorite in something of a minor upset. Kebabs dont usually do to well for takeout as they get a bit cool and tough as they sit, but these were still very good. I was making little sandwiches out of pieces of pita, kebab, the tzaziki and some hot sauce that were scrumptious.
All in all, recommended. Not the best greek in the world maybe, but a nice find on very un-chowish Newbury St.
I do wonder, though, why Greek places and Middle Eastern places are more and more becoming indistinguishable. Are kebabs Greek or Middle Eastern, anyway?
Next time I'd like to try the Gyro platter, the calamari, and the homemade sausage.
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