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.
7000 E Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix, Arizona 85054