All prices mentioned are based on the accuracy of my memory at the time...which may fluctuate depending on amount and type of beverage consumed.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Dimitri's Greek Restaurant

On my second repeat visit to Dimitri's for a crave-inducing gyro in 2 weeks (I tried to make three visits, but a picky coworker overruled me). I decided to go with a traditional lamb instead of the chicken which I still much enjoyed a week prior but stirred jealousy of my lamb-eating friends raving about theirs at the time. The restaurant decor is true to producing Greek ambiance with the grapes hanging from the rafters and Greek music constantly streaming. The menu is filled with authentic Greek specialties at a reasonable price, but I have not been daring enough to try much besides the gyros and the Mediterranean Sampler which comes with calamari, doulmaldes (grape leaves stuffed with seasoned lamb and rice), hummus with pita chips, feta cheese, and kalamata olives. My favorite of the plate being the doulmaldes and who can resist big hunks of cheese!!

One item that I went from despicably hating to craving daily is the Lemon and Egg Soup. It has an extreme lemon taste, so it is not for the sensitive tastebuds. I talked my coworker into ordering it with his gyro and he succeeded in swallowing no more than a spoonful before shoving it out of reach and giving me The Death Glare. One coworker only orders the Hades gyro but was initially disappointed in its lack of promised heat (hot and spicy feta spread with gyro meat, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pepperoncini). If you go during lunch hours you will find the prices to be about 5 bucks cheaper than the dinner menu but on the lunch menu you get soup, salad, OR fries as a side...on the dinner menu you get soup or salad, and rice, garlic mashed, or Greek potatoes plus Greek green beans.

A few suggestions for the owners, if there is only going to be one waitress at lunch time handling 6 tables and doing the cooking from what it seemed.... can we have our soup and salad first? that way we aren't faced with sculpting mountains with the Sweet & Low to pass time, starving for 40 minutes before it is all brought to us, and having a 10 minute span to shove it in our mouths and get our bill paid before attempting to make it back to work in time? That would make me much more apt to return more often for lunch and recommend it to fellow coworkers looking for some decent sit down food to fit into our lunch hour.

I would love to try the octopus next time they have it or witness the bellydancers that perform on occasion. All in all this restaurant is extremely beneficial to the diversity of culture specific restaurants in this town. I applaud the owners for introducing this type of food into our palates!

WARNING: I have not once left there without immediately drinking huge glasses of water the rest of the day. This is not a place for you if you are on a low-sodium diet.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Bert and Ernie's Music, Food, and Brew Pub

Whew, that's a long name for a restaurant! Amazingly enough that's one of the very few things I have to complain about after having one of my most customer friendly and delicious dining experiences in a great while! A few mere seconds upon walking through the door we were greeted by a cheery hostess who sat us in a window seat with a nice view of a downtown Great Falls parking lot (better than nothing). Upon asking what we would like to drink I pondered for half a moment and before I knew it the beer and wine menu was placed on our table. I must say they have a better than average beer selection although worse than average prices. I do appreciate that they post their beers and prices online which you can view here: I can continue to bore you with an entire story start to finish but instead I'll just name some...

  • friendliest and speediest wait staff of all restaurants I have encountered in recent memory (when's the last time you heard someone say thank you to YOU as they took your dirty dishes?)
  • ice water with lemon was immediately brought to our table upon arrival without asking
  • stuffed pepper soup (rice, ground beef, yellow and red peppers, tomatoes) came so piping hot I had to let it cool for a few minutes but it was WELL worth the wait, and the homemade fresh whole wheat roll was a nice addition although it did cost an extra $1
  • the Stella Artois I ordered came in a branded, chalice-pint glass (yes I'm amused by the smallest things but they add up!)
  • full rack of baby back pork ribs was served with plenty of napkins and towelettes and comes with just enough food to feed two people...soup or salad, mixed veggies, and baked potato (My dinner companion recommends getting it loaded with bacon, sour cream, and chives for $1 more, I myself took a pass on it altogether but it sure looked tasty)
  • within 5 seconds of the sun starting to peek out from behind the clouds and cast some streaming light into our faces the hostess was at our table asking if we wanted the shades lowered
  • clean and contemporary bathrooms with copper fixtures, enclosed toilets, and floor to ceiling marbled tiles are some of the nicest I've seen in a restaurant or bar in GF let alone downtown (people that know more about construction materials forgive me if I got any of the descriptions wrong)

  • a lonely ant crawling along the windowsill tried to join us for dinner, we didn't let him sit at our table, but did amuse ourselves trying to figure out whether he was a vegetarian or carnivore (still undecided, he was gone by the time I remembered our impromptu experiment was ongoing)
  • beer prices spendier than usual ($4.50 for a draught pint compared to $3 on average)
  • garden salad with lettuce, 2 cucumbers, and a tomato left a little more to be desired but at least it was fresh
  • limp, lukewarm mixed veggies with dinner left a LOT more to be desired
  • ribs tasted less fresh than when I ate them a few months back
Ultimately, after dinner and drinks for two, a $35 bill, and a half rack of ribs in a doggy box I was so pleasantly satisfied that I felt the need for this post after SUCH a long drought. Thanks Bert and Ernie's for reviving me!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

For Sale:

One (1) credit for a pepperoni, pineapple, green pepper, black olive, and canadian bacon pizza pocket.

Seller does not assume any responsibility for food contamination incurred (aka 3 long black hairs embedded deep within the crust)

Dear Patient Readers,

Biting into my steaming hot Stageline pizza pocket nary an hour ago made me realize how much I have missed you.