Mediterranean civilizations invented many lasting concepts, developing astronomy to explain the cosmos and democracy to equally divide lamb kebabs. Split a skewer with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Greek cuisine and drinks at Acropolis Restaurant.
At Greektown landmark Acropolis, chefs drizzle buttery wine-based sauces across heaping platters of succulent meats and seafood. Braised baby lamb giouvetsi simmers alongside fresh string beans atop a cradle of roasted potatoes ($16.95). The veal saganaki basks beneath a cape of melted kasseri cheese ($18.95), and the Smyrneika souzoukakia ($11.95) puts a Smyrna spin on spaghetti and meatballs with greek spices and a single Titan tear. Vegetarian moussaka ($15.95) stacks layers of eggplant between feta and ricotta, then garnishes the behemoth dish with rivulets of béchamel sauce. House-made desserts, such as baklava and kataifi, ease lingering hunger pangs, and Greek wines whet palates and enrich toasts made to newborn Trojan horses.
The chefs at Acropolis Restaurant fill the menu with classic and contemporary Greek dishes. Grilled octopus and spicy feta dip whet appetites for shrimp saganaki with melted kasseri cheese, vegetarian moussaka, and house specialties such as lamb giouvetsi, which simmers braised lamb with string beans, tomatoes, wine, and herbs. Cups of Greek coffee or wines from California, Greece, and Italy complement each meal, which are served at tables lit with a soft glow cast by candles in blue holders. Cool blue and off-white walls hold up framed paintings of Mediterranean vistas, and clean white tablecloths give guests a sense of elegance and a place to win hide-and-seek.