Time for dad and I to go out to dinner again tonight. I was hungry for some sushi, but dad wasn’t up for it, and I wasn’t in the mood for Chili’s, so I talked my dad into trying this place out. He was really hungry and on the drive here he was hoping he could get his fill here without having to stop somewhere else for chips or something more. I did tell him how much I liked this place from the last time I was here, and told him how good I thought their food was.
When we arrived we looked at the pictures on the wall and he saw a few things that looked good to him, and he finally decided on the Kofta Kabob and a Coors Light. I was on the fence as to what to order, but I finally ended up getting the sampler appetizer platter.
After a couple of minutes dad received a cup of greek salad, some pita bread and a bit of tzatziki sauce. He really liked the salad, he thought that the dressing was really good. He also liked the bread and tzatziki sauce. His beer came out shortly after that and he liked that they served a frozen glass with the beer.
My sampler platter came out at that time as well. The sampler platter had five grape leaves stuffed with rice (dolma), a piece of pita bread, a full cup of hummus (6-8 ounces worth), and five pieces of falafel. I really like the fact that this place doesn’t skimp on the hummus. Most places gives you a lot of bread and not much hummus. I did end up ordering another couple pieces of bread at $.99 each so I could eat all the hummus in the bowl. Between the generous portion of the hummus and everything else on my plate I did walk away full. I am glad I got the sampler plate, it was cheaper than the hummus dip appetizer and falafel pita combined, I got both plus dolma as well. With the pita bread I could have made my own falafel pita, I was just missing the onion and tomatoes.
The fried falafels were really good. They were nice and brown on the outside and had good flavor. They looked to be hand made, and had herbs and spices throughout. The grape leaves were good. They were slightly bitter on the outside and the rice on the inside also had flavor. The rice was a bit mushy for my taste, but that could be how they are normally prepared. The rice was slightly sweet. The hummus had a nice balance of garlic, oil and lemon. The chickpeas were ground to a fine paste and not gritty at all. Just the way I like it. I let my dad sample a piece of everything and he liked it all as well.
Dad’s Kabob came out and the plate was huge. It had two long pieces of beef kofta and about 3 cups of basmati rice. It was garnished with a roasted tomato, some onions, parsley and a large wedge of lemon. He was surprised at the amount of rice that was served and although he thought the rice was a bit dry and bland he ate most of it. He thought the kofta itself was good and flavorful. About half way through he ordered another beer and was surprised that his second beer was served with another frozen mug. It is little details like this that make us happy, and something you don’t see often. Between the second beer, the large portion of rice, and the little bits I fed him he got full with six slices of kofta left. He did manage to get everything down though.
When we were eating we were looking at the items on this pretty extensive menu and they have something on here for everyone. They even have burgers, fish and chips, fried okra, hot wings, chicken tenders, polish sausage, and other American fare for those who tagged along and aren’t hungry or don’t like middle eastern food. And I say middle eastern because this place is not just a Greek restaurant. They have a few Persian/Iranian items on here and the chef/owner is Persian.
Ole Town looks on the outside to be a small little shady hole in the wall kind of place, and it is a small hole in the wall, but the food and service here is excellent. The front of the house person / owner is always smiling and always willing to please you. When we were there the ten tables filled up fast and there seemed to be people there from every spectrum. It is one of those local favorites that doesn’t seem to get much press or notice, but is worth the drive for authentic Greek and Persian food.