Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Good Eats: Athena Greek and Lebanese Grill, Shreveport, LA

Whenever we are in the Shreveport/ Bossier City area, we like to eat at Athena Greek and Lebanese Grill. We developed a taste for both of these cuisines when we lived in the Middle East in the 1980s, and anytime we have a chance to eat Greek or Lebanese food, we take advantage of it.

When eating out, we normally try to eat around noon. Many places have a lunch menu with cheaper prices, including Athena (Go to http://www.athenasgrill.com/upload/92889-Athena_DinnerMenu%20new.pdf for their lunch menu). Our favorite dish is the Gyros Plate, which consists of spiced lamb and beef, hummus, rice, salad, and pita bread. We really like gyro meat, but then we enjoy lamb. Many Americans, especially in the South, do not care much for lamb. We've not had the schwarma at Athena's yet, but as a big fan of schwarmas, I do want to try it.

The restaurant usually has Greek or Arabic music playing in the background, which adds greatly to the experience. I really enjoy ethnic music. During my days in the Middle East, I spent a great deal of time on public transportation, and Arabic music was played quite a bit on the buses. I learned to appreciate it, and I enjoy listening to it while I eat food from that part of the world.

There is also a small grocery in the back of the restaurant where we've picked up tahini, grape leaves, and other food items.

And if you are really adventurous, you might want to try a hookah later in the day.

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