Food Porn: Acropolis


I don’t know much about the history of Acropolis but from what I’ve gathered the restaurant previously had more of a “dive-y/diner” type of feel.  Then last year they underwent some major restorations and Acropolis now more resembles a hip bar than your regular corner Greek diner.  I’m sure there were some upset diehard customers, they probably felt the way I did after eating at Pano’s for the first time after they completely changed their look and menu (I’m happy they’re so successful now but I really enjoyed eating a Chicken Souvlaki on what looked like the front porch of a house at 3 am on a Thursday).

Regardless, when I finally tried Acropolis last week I had no reference point about this new and improved building as I’ve never been there before.  I had recently heard of an occurrence of horrible service from fellow food blogger Natale Eats Buffalo but otherwise I was optimistic about my lunch.  My roommate absolutely loves going there for breakfast and it was the final Greek restaurant for Buffalo Eats to try on Elmwood Ave.  We didn’t try anything off their breakfast menu (which is available all day) but Alli and I both were in the mood for Gyro’s.

Quick Info:

  • Restaurant Type: Casual/Bar
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Price: Salads ~$10, Wraps ~$7, Roll Ups $6
  • Location: Elmwood

Now something that Alli has come to love over the last few years is Greek Fries.  It’s a pretty simple formula, take some french fries and throw on some seasoned oil and feta cheese (preferably while the fries are still hot so the cheese melts) and serve.  Before our visit to Acropolis my favorite place to order Greek Fries was Cedar’s in the McKinley Mall.  However, their version is incredibly greasy (also quite delicious and loaded with feta cheese).  Acropolis’s version officially won me over as they use fresh cut fries and some really good feta; Alli and I devoured the entire thing.  The fries (pictured below) weren’t under cooked or overly greasy (two of my biggest fry complaints), they still had a strong potato flavor and texture but the deliciously rich feta was what we enjoyed the most.

Alli ordered a Gyro Wrap (~$6) for lunch while I ordered their Gyro Salad (~$10, pictured below).  The salad was filled with fresh vegetables and they put a large amount of feta on top.  The meat itself wasn’t too spectacular, clearly it had been machine sliced and had a weird texture that led me to believe it wasn’t necessarily fresh.  But the flavor was still alright, not horrible but not really recommendation worthy either.  The portion was large and very filling for a quick lunch.  I would have preferred more olives (I believe there were only 2) but otherwise I was happy with my meal.

The service that I was worried about wasn’t really a problem.  When we walked into the restaurant we didn’t realize what we were suppose to do (you can sit wherever you want) but once we got past that our waitress was friendly and our food came fast.  For the summer time they have a very large outdoor seating area which is great for people watching.  The dining room is a bit crowded, especially with the tables next to the bar, but the interior is really nice and I actually could envision the restaurant as a candidate for late night drinks.

As far as where Acropolis stands on our Greek restaurant line up for Elmwood…Vasilis Express’s prices and convenience will always bring us back for quick take out orders, but if we are looking to sit down and dine, Acropolis could make it into the conversation that would also involve Ambrosia, Mezza and Mythos.  At the very least their outdoor dining options are the best out of all four and their Greek Fries would make a great “sit at the bar” snack.

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