The Sirens of ancient Greece captured sailors by luring them into the rocks with their enchanting voices and world-renowned gyro recipes. Enjoy Mediterranean tastes sans shipwreck with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Greek fare at Athena Greek Cuisine.
At Athena Greek Cuisine, chefs Charles Bowman and Peter Lagios create a menu rife with authentic Mediterranean flavors, enjoyed in confines reminiscent of a Grecian pantheon. Culinary artisans brandish imported Greek olive oil when creating the sautéed scallops, which delight tongues and prompt splash fights with a sauce of brandy, garlic, scallions, feta, and fresh tomato ($21). The Athena combination plate hosts a mélange of braised ground lamb and beef, leg of lamb, stuffed grape leaves, and moussaka ($18). Meanwhile, the spinach pie blankets fresh greens, feta, onions, and herbs in a filo blanket before tucking them into the oven to bake ($14). As diners nosh and enjoy conversations about Zeus's little-known mustache phase, an extensive wine list moistens palates with reds and whites, including the slightly sweet kourtaki retsina, a traditional Greek wine ($8/glass).
Giant lion statues guard the entrance of Athena Greek Cuisine, removing anyone who doesn't follow the casual dress code or smells of gazelle. Inside, a golden sun shines over patrons, reflecting hungry faces in its mirrored center, and a headless Athena statue gracefully commands attention. An exposed brick bar stands surrounded by columns and archways placed over white chairs and dining tables. Finally, the outdoor patio awaits al fresco diners, offering shade, flat screen TVs, and trees that host garden lights and appetizer-stealing nymphs.
Athena Greek Cuisine
At Athena Greek Cuisine, a high-ceilinged, arched foyer bears an intricately carved winged sculpture, bathed in light from sharp, star-shaped chandeliers. Saganaki cheese plates burst into flames in the dining room, punctuated by shouts of "Opa!" The eatery, which has been featured on ABC15, fills with the lemon, garlic, and feta aromas of a menu of Greek dishes.
Dimple lights hang overhead like a zodiac constellation, casting a glow over spanakopita and pitas dipping into hummus and tzatziki. Kebabs and leg of lamb blend with fresh rosemary, and flames lap with warm sizzling sounds against cuts of marinated filet mignon. After enjoying a glass of wine amid the white-brick porticos of the bar, guests peruse Athena's backlit artwork, which displays Greek deities dancing to music and awkward demi-gods hanging back, bobbing their heads, and readjusting their tunics.
7000 E Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix, Arizona 85054