I look forward to an annual girlfriend’s trip to the Napa Premium Outlets every year for the memorial day weekend sales. I did a big closet cleanout a few weekends before and I was ready to refresh my summer wardrobe. There were only two of us this year because our third girlfriend was busy living her best life vacationing in Greece. After seeing our social feeds packed with her amazing trip photos and all the mouthwatering food she was enjoying, we decided having Greek food for lunch would be a great choice since we missed her being with us.
A quick map/google search turned up the Athenian Grill, located at 750 Kellogg Street in Suisun City, CA near the old town waterfront. Known for their delicious gyros, souvlaki, homemade tzatziki sauce, and other Mediterranean dishes – it sounded like we found a great spot. Yelp reviews were all favorable and we discovered why – literally some of the best Greek food we’ve both ever had and before you jump all over that statement – no, we’ve never been to Greece and understand from those that have that there is NO comparison to the local food. Totally get it and next time we will try more than just appetizers.
After a bit more research, we learned that the restaurant had been damaged by a fire back in 2019 and luckily they came back after some renovations and seem stronger than ever. I’m sure the community was happy that they returned after that and the pandemic.
The atmosphere had a welcoming vibe – the enclosed patio with glass roll up doors was so nice with the waterfront view. It gave my friend something to look at as I annoyed her by taking photos of our food before letting her dive in – which honestly is typical, she’s used to it and yes, I’m THAT girl.
We ordered the Mezethakia (vegetarian style) – A combination appetizer plate featuring spanakopita, tyropita, keftethes, dolmades, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, pita bread and tzatziki sauce. The vegetarian option subbed out the keftethes meatballs with falafel and I’m not mad about it – dang, were those amazing.
We also ordered the onion rings because we saw our server delivering them to another table and those dunked in the tzatziki were amazing and a treat for both of us. I can’t remember the last time I ordered onion rings at a restaurant. I’ve definitely been missing out. Mental note: I need more onion rings in my life. I tried some cauliflower frozen onion rings a few years back and nope, not the same. A decent substitute, but NOT the real deal.
Overall, the Athenian Grill was a great find and a perfect stop for a bite to eat on our way back to Sacramento. We got our Greek food – appetizers with a side of pita bread and onion rings and we avoided trying to find a place to eat and park in Napa due to it being BottleRock weekend.
Already looking forward to the next adventure.