2006-05-03 / Restaurant of the Week

Mythos Offers Fine, Fresh Greek Cuisine

196-29 Northern Boulevard flushing + 718.357.6596

At Mythos, the dining experience begins as you walk in the front door. Before you are escorted to your table by one of the courteous wait staff, take a moment to view the refrigerated case displaying the freshest catches of the day, prime steaks, thick cut pork chops, enormous shish-kebabs and delicate racks of baby lamb. The open kitchen reveals chefs working on the traditional Hellenic delicacies offered each day. Owner Paul Theodoropolous greets all his guests and creates a friendly atmosphere that enhances intimate dinners or large family meals.

Order a carafe of house wine, whose light and fruity bouquet complements the food, or choose among domestic and imported beer, such as ice-cold Mythos beer from Greece. My favorite Greek cuisine is the wide array of hot and cold appetizers (meze) and salads. The eggplant in Mythos' eggplant salad (melitzanosalata) is hand chopped and mixed with fresh tomato and herbs and tastes like it came straight off the vine ($6). We spread this wonderful salad on warm bread while the waiter served us charcoal grilled octopus drizzled with olive oil that was so tender it cut with a fork. Gigantes are huge, buttery lima beans cooked with delicate herbs, tomato, carrots and celery for a healthy appetizer or side dish ($7). Mythos' stuffed grape leaves (dolmades), served warm with wedges of fresh lemon, are some of the finest around ($7). If you can't decide, a combination appetizer platter of salads is available, as well as a platter of hot starters. The generous hot appetizer platter includes grilled Greek sausage and cubed, marinated pork with kasseri cheese and peppers and will feed two to three people as a first course ($11.50). Tiny fish called smelts are pan fried until crisp and served with lemon wedges for a traditional Greek appetizer. Next time I'll try plump shrimp sauted in fresh tomato, wine, butter and feta cheese. Large bowls of fresh salads can also be shared, such as the horiatiki salad, with red, ripe tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and creamy feta cheese. Another salad of radicchio, endive and arugula topped with shaved parmigiano cheese speaks of summer days ahead.

Mythos is an ideal choice if you crave fresh fish and seafood. Whole fresh fish such as red snapper and porgy are grilled with herbs, a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of olive oil for a light and healthy meal. Tender calamari is sauted with a touch of fresh lemon, while flaky cod fish fillet is dipped in batter, fried golden and served with a dab of creamy garlic dip ($14.50).

Prime meats and chops cooked to order are also excellent choices. Baby lamb chops are seasoned with mild herbs and cooked to perfection. Lean veal chops and pork chops served with savory lemon potatoes or rice are juicy and tender. A most impressive dish is the mammoth shish kebab, made with either chicken or tender pork loin chunks, skewered with fresh vegetables and served over seasoned rice. This generous dish provided lunch the next day as well and cost just $15.

In addition to all the great menu choices, a list of daily specials will tempt you as well. Hearty lamb stew was so tender the meat just fell off the shank. Yiouvarlakia, meatballs stuffed with rice) and papoutsakia, a half eggplant filled with rice and topped with a creamy bchamel sauce.

Finish off your meal with a cup of rich coffee and a Greek pastry dripping with sweet honey. Galaktoborekia, a light pastry filled with walnuts and honey, resembles a mini haystack. Baklava is perhaps most familiar to diners and Mythos does a fine job of it.

All this wonderful, fresh food is enjoyed in a light and airy dining room with fresh flowers on each table. A private party room is available that can accommodate up to 130 people for a shower, engagement party or business function. Smaller family gatherings of six or more are

Call now to reserve your space to dine on fresh Greek cuisine in a lovely, casual setting. Lunch is served Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with prices from $4.95 to $12.50. Dinner is served until 11 p.m. on weekdays. On Saturdays and Sundays, dinner is served all day, making Mythos a great place to visit with family. Orders are also available for take-out.

Mythos is conveniently located just across the street from St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church on Northern Boulevard in Flushing. For a pleasant dining experience, visit Mythos soon and don't forget to make your Mother's Day reservations now.

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