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Do Di Yo's

1831 28th Ave. South (SoHo Square in Homewood)
This Mediterranean restaurant and market features decor that includes centuries-old artifacts imported from Greece and Turkey and a menu that features everything from lamb kabobs and stuffed grape leaves to pan-fried grouper and Moroccan-spiced Cornish hens. A number of vegetarian options are available. The executive chef is George Kontoulakos, who comes to DoDiYos after stints at restaurants in Greece and New York City. I've been several times for lunch and have enjoyed everything, except perhaps the greens side order, which was a bit too bitter and lemony for my taste. Veggie moussaka, meatballs with harissa, stuffed cabbage, the "imam fainted" dish -- all delish, with generous portions. Read our first impressions here.

Posted on Monday, October 19, 2009 at 05:30PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments18 Comments

Reader Comments (18)

Do di yo's is fantastic! Ate there for lunch yesterday- grouper in lemon/butter sauce delicious and very affordable. Feta spread comes to the table with bread- flavorful! Atmosphere energetic and quaint at the same time. Staff: enthusiastic and professional. You gotta try it!

October 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

I went to Do Di Yo's for first-time Saturday evening. I was greeted by a very enthusiastic and friendly staff that provided terrific service throughout the evening. The food was delicious with each dish of excellent quality and flavor. I had the stuffed cabbage leaves for my main entrée as well as the curried vegetables for a side dish. The portions were generous and were served hot and fresh. There were many things on the menu which looked very tempting beckoning for a repeat visit. Next time I will try the stuffed grape leaves and my girlfriend has already notified me she will be having lamb, which looks very interesting. There are probably 20 dishes here that I would like to try. I am not a restaurant shill and would be quite happy to note any areas where the establishment needed improvement. However, I just did not see anything that could have been better. I'm sure that won't always be the case as nowhere is perfect (I've had mediocre meals at Highlands, which is a pretty amazing place). We lost a great market but gained a great restaurant in this location. Birmingham has an opportunity to reward the good guys for hard work and extra effort. Folks, let's do it! I will definitely do my part to support this restaurant.

October 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

We recently enjoyed visiting this new restaurant at 6 p.m. on a Saturday night. There was quite a bit of buzz as the tables and bar quickly filled with perhaps 30-40 waiting to be seated. Our orders arrived at a pretty good pace even with the obvious bustle and staff trying to accommodate the crowd, which they did quite well. I had the leg of lamb with potato wedges which was very tender and well prepared. My wife had the Classic Moussaka with a side of peas and asparagus, all of which was very good. We were too full for dessert--perhaps on a return visit we will have room to try some of the offerings. Overall we were very pleased with the experience and will definitely want to return in the near future.

October 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

Went here for lunch on Halloween. Great atmosphere and food was great also. Have been to Greece and the 'Village salad" is just like I got over there. Others that were with me enjoyed, but mentioned that the 'gyros' was a little dry. Not made on spit, could be why. But overall, we will all be returning. Portions were large and took 'doggie bags' with.

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

Went to Do Di Yo's on a friday night, arrived at 6pm and the place quickly filled up. Menu had $8 items up to $20 items an my wife and i had a very good meal. The one issue of the night came from the wine list. We had decided to order a bottle of wine and choose the greek wine Skouras as our white wine choice, The wine list we ordered from had the wine at $26 dollars when we got the bill it showed $39. we aske dthe waiter to reconsider and even showed the waiter that the wine by the glass for the sam ewine was $7, so there was no way this wine was $39 when the by the glass was $7. He apologized but no action was taken. Our meal was good but this $13 dollar differnce will most likely keep me going to Pappas for my Greek Food.

November 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

I visited there, alone, today, for their spanakopita, and it was AWFUL. I went because I had it last week and was absolutely delicious! Must have serve me last weeks leftover.

Told the waiter, who offered no help except to say he'd check it out.

Then passed the owner told him as well, that it was old, the bottom crust was uncuttable even with a knife.And runy with oil. He only responded with "sorry, I'll check on it".

November 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGlenda

Frank, you got the wrong bottle. what you got was a 39.00 bottle,this is the Skouras chard which is only offered by the bottle.the white you wanted is 26.00 a bottle and is the Skouras peloponese.

November 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwine lover

I went last night and think the place is terrific! There's enough reviews about the food that I thought I would just comment on the atmosphere. There is a certain "buzz" that makes you feel that this restaurant is somewhat of a happening place. It'll be interesting to see if they are able to maintain this. At the time we were there there was a evident energy among the staff. The service was a little bit sporadic because of the enormous crowd of people, but was still pretty good overall. The one thing I would like to note is that they made everyone feel very welcome--a nice change from the snotty attitude exhibited by some establishments. I like being around nice people with a pleasant disposition so I will be going back soon.

November 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKC

Ate at Do Di Yo's last night. Would not recommend Connie Kanakis Spaghetti with Burned Butter and Shrimp. While there might have been burned butter on top, the whole dish tasted more of oil than butter. We ordered stuffed grape leaves entree as appetizer. Order of four very small (maybe two bites each) grape leaves came. Small, but delicious. Good salad.

December 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

We went for dinner Saturday night and the overall experience was very positive. Lamb kebabs were very tasty and tender. Short rib dish with fingerling potatoes while although slightly fatty was very good. I did notice the service seems to have slipped a little bit (waiter seemed distracted and failed to follow up properly) and the 3 cups of coffee that were brought to the table were only lukewarm. I did not say anything because they were so very busy but it's something I will certainly mention to management if it happens again. By the way, management is constantly roaming about shaking hands and greeting guests. A very nice touch as it makes you feel you are appreciated and that your business is valued.

December 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Went to Do Di Yo's and for all the bling in the restaurant the food was average. The valets took forever to get my car on the way in to the restaurant and took even longer when I was ready to go. Parking @ that location is ridiculous! Highly overrated!!

December 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Waldo

I just got back from lunch. AMAZING is all I have to say! I got the Moussaka - don't get this unless you are wanting something very filling! It was delicious - the layered eggplant, potatoes and ground beef were very flavorful! Bf got the chicken breast which was very tasty and tender - not dried out at all. He got the eggplant as his side - my favorite part - soooo good - totatoes, onions, bits of garlic and it was not oily. Also got the spinach pie which was not bad. Salad wasn't our fav...
Service was great - refilled cups quickly, very attentative and informed about the menu! This will be our new bham spot!

December 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRA

The best Burger in town! Grass Fed beef served open & covered with Feta. Best ordered Medium. I keep going back. No need for mustard or ketchup.They serve it with a small salad with a vinagar dressing that is out of this world tangy & delicious.

December 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLesilie

My husband, daughter and I visited the restaurant a couple of weeks ago and we were all very pleased. The decor was unique and the atmosphere was buzzing yet comfortable. They bring you a fresh basket of bread served with a feta spread that is delicious. We ordered the hummus as an appetizer and we ate every little bit. I like the fact that you finish mixing the hummus at your table. You can make it to your desired consistency. Our entrees were of the seafood variety and they were all tasty. For dessert we had their version of creme brulee. It was also very good. Connie Kanakis, one of the owners, came to our table two different times to check on us, which was a nice touch. All and all we were impressed with the experience. This will be added to our list of regulars.

January 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Y.

Had an amazing lunch at Do-Do-Yos. My lasagna (pastitsio) and my companion's spaghetti ala grecco were both amazing. Huge portions, just bursting with flavor. Throw in great service, reasonable prices, and that amazing olive spread that is served with each meal, DDYs has a new faithful customer.

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterT.S. Smith

Worst food in Bham, Stitt, Hastings, DuPont and a couple other accomplished hotel chefs make Sarris's attempt at fine dining look like more show for investors than actual "go" for the customer. (Edited by admin)

November 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDank

"Dank," I don't really think it's fair to compare Do Di Yo's with a place like Highlands or Cafe DuPont. Do Di Yo's is a lower-priced, more casual restaurant than these, and offers some regional Mediterranean flavors that are a nice addition to the local dining scene. Where else in town are you going to get lamb meatballs with harissa sauce?

November 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge

I recently had the first substandard meal here. I have enjoyed probably 20 meals at Dodiyo's, all of which have been very good. This time felt a little different, as the portions were a little smaller (my lamb dish had very little lamb) and for the first time the restaurant was not crowded, even at 6:30 PM on a Saturday night. I hope this proves to be a fluke that is not indicative of a significant change. I was also informed that two of the "common faces" (Dean and Heath) had been let go. That's sad, as they were really nice people that added to the warmth of the restaurant. All the above being said, I will definitely return soon as I have had too many good meals here to be easily dissuaded. My bet is that the single poor experience will become just an isolated event with future dining be great as previously. As long as Connie is there overseeing things the odds are great for continued delicious cuisine.

November 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

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