Odyssey serves up tasty Greek offerings
Odyssey opened to little fanfare about a month ago in the Walgreens shopping center on Folly Road. Just look for Sonic and Mondo's, then look again.
The restaurant is tucked away in small quarters, serving several dishes of Greek and Mediterranean descent. Booths are set against one wall, a few tables crowd the middle. The fridge is spiked with Alfa and Athena beers.
All the traditional fare is here: beef, lamb and chicken gyros ($9.35); moussaka ($9.35), an eggplant-based casserole; pastitsio, another Greek casserole containing baked macaroni and ground beef; char-grilled kebabs ($8.99); flaky filo dough- layered spanakopita; and skewers of souvlaki.
Odyssey's sampler platters ($11.95) provide the best opportunity for diners to make the rounds, combining grilled beef and lamb gyros, meatballs, dolmas or Greek chicken. The chicken wasn't particularly moist, but the dolmas were a salty and sweet treat, and the thin beef strips were appetizing.
But we really enjoyed Odyssey's dosas ($8.35), a surprising find at a restaurant specializing in Greek food. These crispy Indian pancakes are similar to crepes and made from rice batter and, in the case of Odyssey, white split peas. They're pretty popular in New York and other areas, so it wouldn't be unexpected to see a food truck serving up the niche dish soon.
In the meantime, Odyssey has you covered, combining several ingredients -- feta cheese, avocado, roasted garlic mushrooms, Greek potatoes, or beef and lamb -- depending on your choice of dosa.
And of course, baklava and kataifi, a shredded wheat pastry with walnuts and honey, remain a pair of strong dessert options.