2013-10-02 / Restaurant of the Week

Village Grill

When we first visited the Village Grill in Forest Hills, Dina, the bustling owner, was just getting started with her petite restaurant featuring all homemade appetizers, entrees and desserts. Now, nearly two years later, the 10 tidy tables are all full of happy diners who come for the Village Grill’s special Greek, American and Italian dishes all made on the premises, including Dina’s homemade bread. There are new menu items and breakfast is now being served as well so it’s a great time to visit. Starting with breakfast, a full array of eggs, omelets, muffins and bagels are on hand to start your day, whether you choose to eat in or take it on your way to work. Linger on a Saturday or Sunday morning over breakfast with steaming hot coffee and a good breakfast.

At lunchtime, choose among soups, salads or pita sandwiches filled with juicy beef or pork gyro, their famous chicken souvlaki or loukaniko sausage and crunchy lettuce, tomatoes, red onion and tzatziki sauce. Wraps are another popular lunch item and cost under $8. Try the chicken wrap filled with grilled chicken, roasted peppers, fresh mozzarella and balsamic glaze. The Mediterranean wrap features beef gyro, lettuce, tomatoes, green pepper, feta cheese, olive oil and vinegar dressing. Stick to veggies only with grilled mushrooms, zucchini, and roasted red peppers or the Santorini fish wrap with codfish, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and Village Grill sauce. Wrap your hands around a juicy burger made with a half pound of beef or turkey and topped with your favorite cheese and condiments. The prices are lower than fast food chains too.

We came for dinner and started with a nice Greek salad topped with slabs of creamy feta cheese along with flaky, light spinach pie and cheese pie. Homemade lemon chicken soup or lentil soup is a good way to start too. We saw a family with kids enjoying the mozzarella sticks and wing dings and I can attest that the fried meatballs are addictive and great for sharing with six to an order ($5.50). Next we tried the special of the evening; Dina’s special recipe meat sauce over angel hair pasta. This rich, meaty sauce was nicely seasoned with herbs and was really satisfying, sopped up with her own homemade bread. Fried chicken has been added to the menu and is popular for its crunchy coating and juiciness. The sandwiches I mentioned previously can be ordered as a full dinner entrĂ©e on a platter. Village Grill’s chicken souvlaki is one of the most popular dishes, made with marinated chicken breast laced on skewers and served with a small Greek salad, pita and tzatziki sauce. A side dish of rice, potatoes, or freshly grilled vegetables comes with it too, making this a great deal at just $11. This time we tried the combination platter with both beef cubes and slices of gyro with all the trimmings. Keep it simple with a half grilled chicken, barbecued chicken or a boneless rib-eye steak. Ask about daily specials from the steam table which might include traditional Greek pastitsio, moussaka, horta dandelion greens or stew.

Village Grill pastries are made with love by Dina so try her‘ekmek’ made with a light, creamy custard, scented with cinnamon on a crust of shredded phyllo dough. The baklava is delicious, oozing with honey and walnuts. Galaktobourek is another Greek pastry and you can see all of them in the sparkling case, along with New York style cheesecake. The coffee is delicious too and you can always stop in just for coffee and dessert and have a relaxing break.

The Village Grill is located on the corner of Yellowstone Boulevard. and Ingram Street in a quiet stretch of Forest Hills with easy street parking. Stop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack, seven days a week, from 8am to 10pm. Catering is available for your next office lunch or private party. Thank you Village Grill!

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