that was one heck of a dramatic and exciting marathon race wasn't it?
so afterward we went to GUS' PLACE, a nice open to the street greek restaurant in the village, for a late sunday lunch. we got a bottle of attica region retsina, the only one on the list curiously, and it was just right. you get a bowl of pita, muffins and jelly to start. pretty good nibbling cornbread and bran muffins, but we skipped the jelly/butter.
to eat we ordered the pureed greek meze combo plate ($10.50). it had taromasalata (roe), tzatziki (sheep's yogurt, cucumber & dill), melitzanosalada (smoked eggplant) and hummus (chickpea). you get fresh warm flour and wheat pita, and we used the "free bowl" flour pita as well to scoop our salads. all were just fine, if not the best ever. my fav was the melitz.
next up we split a bowl of avgolemono soup (rice, vegetables, chicken & lemon). just super. very light, tasty and refreshing. to be fair, a hard to screw up dish, but one in which soul shines thru ($5).
we also split a dish of grilled salmon trout (w/ lemon, extra virgin olive oil & dill). this was a finely grilled splayed boneless fillet. a big winner, crispy skin on the bottom, very toothsome ($13.50).
finally, we both had greek coffees ($3.50/ea). a fitting finale.
i cannot think of a better way or place to talk about the olympics and enjoy the day. GUS' PLACE does not get much press on chowhound, but over the years its solid as a rock. it's kind of an older folks place, which i like and it could not be in a prettier setting in the heart of the village, as i say wide open to the quiet street, facing the historic old northern dispensary and the newer FLOR'S KITCHEN. something to keep in mind!
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