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Acropolis Cuisine

Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd: 3841 Veterans Blvd. 504-888-9046. Map.
Casual.
AE DC DS MC V
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ANECDOTES AND ANALYSIS
A peculiar new evolution is occurring among ethnic restaurants in New Orleans. And, I suspect, everywhere else. We are enjoying a wider range of international cuisines. Twenty years ago, if you wanted to eat Korean, Colombian, Turkish, Peruvian, or Ethiopian food hereabouts, your choices were between few and none. Now we have all those, and their numbers are increasing.

The strange part is that the ethnic cuisines that have been here a long time have faded as other styles from the same general part of the earth moved in. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the market for Greek food. I remember when we had ten or twelve. Now there are one or two (depending on where the borderline is between Middle Eastern and Greek, which are related to one another but different. Why? Because the Middle Eastern category restaurants–now numbering two dozen, has lured customers away from the particular Greek hunger. It’s almost like the Trojan War.

WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY
Although New Orleans is home to a large, active, long-term Greek community, it has never had many good Greek restaurants. Despite its small size, Acropolis has a large menu of the Greek standards. Meanwhile, the presence of pizza and pasta makes it family-friendly.

WHAT’S GOOD
In both the Greek and Italian sides of its menu, Acropolis brings familiar, homestyle dishes to an unusual degree of sensual goodness. The best way to go is to order the daily complete dinners, four courses long, for between $20 and $25. How you can devour four courses of this is your problem.

BACKSTORY
The Acropolis is the current manifestation of a tenuous string of restaurants going back to an old cafe and taverna called Teddy’s Grill, in the CBD in the 1950s. The present owners (there have been several) still have a few dishes from the old days–notably the six-onion soup under a pastry crust. Acropolis opened its present location in 1999, and caught the attention of those of us who love the cuisine. (Greeks, curiously, are not especially good customers, because they cook this kind of food at home and think they do it better than any restaurant does.)

DINING ROOM
The tables are a little crowded into a small, usually full dining room. The restaurant and its strip mall are a little hard to see unless you know exactly where on Veterans it is. (Does “a block before Cleary” help?) It appears that there are virtually no parking spaces in front, but there are more behind the restaurant (and a rear entrance, too).

BEST DISHES
Starters
»Roasted garlic and potato soup
Soup of the day
»Fried calamari
»Hummus
Spinach and cheese pie
Baba ghannoush
»Stuffed grape leaves
Cheese pie
Fried ravioli
Appetizer sampler
»Acropolis salad
»Traditional Greek salad

Sandwiches
»Gyro pita wrap
California pita wrap
»Souvlaki pita wrap
Veggie pita wrap
Entrees
»Moussaka
»Lasagna al forno
»Roasted Mediterranean-style chicken

Rosemary filet of chicken
»Chicken parmigiana
Veal parmigiana
»Gyros platter
Char-broiled double cut pork chops
»Braised lamb chops
»Slowly grilled chicken kabobs
Shrimp kabobs
»Pork tender kabobs
Combo kabob

Desserts
»Baklava
»Bread pudding
»Tiramisu
Baklava sundae

FOR BEST RESULTS
The markerboard with its table d’hote lunch and dinner specials offers the most interesting eating here.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT
Many Greek dishes that never turn up in New Orleans would be nice to find here. The staff needs to visit Chicago’s Halsted Street, which has fifty or sixty Greek eateries.

FACTORS OTHER THAN FOOD
Up to three points, positive or negative, for these characteristics. Absence of points denotes average performance in the matter.

  • Dining Environment
  • Consistency +2
  • Service+1
  • Value +2
  • Attitude +2
  • Wine & Bar
  • Hipness
  • Local Color

 

SPECIAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Open Sunday lunch and dinner
  • Open Monday lunch and dinner
  • Open all afternoon
  • Unusually large servings
  • Quick, good meal
  • Good for children
  • Easy, nearby parking
  • Reservations accepted

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  1. Steve of Metairie on April 10, 2015

    Love this place have always had a good experience the food is wonderful.

  2. Sara on March 3, 2016

    Tom, yesterday you mentioned having the Six Onion Soup. Was it a special, or is it on the regular menu now? The last time we went there, we were really disappointed that they weren’t serving it that day, but that was before the current new owners took over. (I guess the answer is to call and ask whether they have it before making the trip from the Westbank to Metairie, but we were so used to it’s being on the menu all the time.)

  3. DIANE on November 5, 2017

    I have tried the six onion soup twice and both times the top of the phyllo crust was flaky, but the underneath was raw.

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