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First Impressions: Dodiyós

Had lunch with a friend last week at DoDiYo's, where Tria Market used to be in SoHo Square in Homewood. Didn't get to try enough for a full-fledged review, but definitely was enough to make me want to go back and try more.

The menu features not only authentic Greek dishes, but also ones influenced by Spain, Italy, France, Turkey, the Balkans, North Africa and the Middle East. 

First, they bring little chunks of bread, sort of like a foccacia, with a delicious feta spread. For an appetizer, we shared an order of Spicy Stuffed Peppers “Piperies Me Tyri," which translates to “bull’s horn;” long, spicy green peppers stuffed with feta. They weren't really spicy, but they were delicious. The feta stuffing was not as salty and tangy as you might expect, and the tomato sauce featured whole garlic cloves cooked until they were soft and mild. A couple other appetizers that caught our eye were Greek Meatballs “Keftedes” (lamb meatballs with harissa, a North African hot-pepper paste), a trio of sausages, and tiropita (Greek cheese and phyllo pie).

For our entrees, we both chose from the "Traditional Slow Foods" section, which features dishes such as moussaka, pastitsio, roasted leg of lamb and short ribs. Each was served with a small salad, very pretty with fresh greens and matchstick-cut radishes and carrots.

I was very happy with my Eggplant with Basil and Tomatoes, or “Imam Baldi," a Turkish dish which the menu says translates to "the imam fainted." It's a classic meze of eggplant, garlic and tomatoes sautéed in olive oil and served hot.

My friend had Stuffed Grape Leaves, or Dolmades, grape leaves stuffed with rice and ground beef in a lemony avgolemono sauce and served hot. These were large and plump, the filling was very tender, and the flavors were subtle. Unlike some dolmades I've had, flavors such as lemon and cinnamon did not come to the forefront and overwhelm.

Our server recommended the cheesecake for dessert, saying it got raves. It was light and fluffy with a nice lemony flavor, no crust, served with some fresh citrus. I personally prefer my cheesecake more New York style, but that's just me.

There were also cold appetizers, gyros and other sandwiches, salads, soups, entrees such as pasta and fish, and Greek side dishes such as wild greens or peas and artichokes in lemon sauce. And that's just the lunch menu! There's a more extensive dinner menu, PLUS there's a tapas bar in the center of the restaurant with its own yummy offerings.

We didn't even make it into the market area; I think they might want to make it a little more visible from the restaurant otherwise people wouldn't even know it was there.

For more info, check out their website and their Facebook page.

Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 07:41AM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in , , , | Comments4 Comments

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Reader Comments (4)

I have been a fan of this restaurant since it opened. I have eaten there a dozen times and I have had great meals and good meals, but never a poor meal. Probably the greatest thing I can say about this place is that they make you feel very welcome. Maybe I'm just getting old, but this seems to be something that has become a lost art. Anyway, these are nice people that work hard, do a good job, and express quite a bit of gratitude. I hope they succeed for many years to come. I will certainly continue to go back.

March 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdg

I love this place. The slow cooked lamb was one of the best I've had, but my absolute favorite was the grilled octopus...simple, unassuming, but fresh and perfectly grilled with just a hint of char. Its plated with a lemon based sauce which compliments and not overpowers.

Dodiyos is a welcome addition to the dining scene...love it.

March 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiami Mario

I so enjoyed lunch with you, and I'm definitely going to have to go back and try some more things from the menu. My favorite items that day were the Grape Leaves and the Cheesecake. Just delicious.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

The atmosphere is nice, but the food is terrible! I went with a friend for dinner, and we both agreed. I think we each had 1-2 bites of our entrees before leaving the dishes on the table and going to another restuarant. The most I've ever paid for a dinner I couldn't even eat!

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKym

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