For lunch on Thursday, Mike mentioned that we should go to a gyro restaurant near our work. As we pulled up, I told him that I would feel more comfortable looking up reviews of this place prior to entering. I wasn’t particularly craving Greek food and if I was going to eat it, I would rather go to a place that received positive reviews. After several searches from various websites on our phones, the general consensus of the reviews were that this place was just average and that another Greek restaurant called Opah Greek Grill was much better. I told Mike that I would feel more comfortable going to Opah Greek Grill and promised him I would be willing to try the original spot next week.
Greek food isn’t my favorite but truth be told, I haven’t had much experience with it. The only experiences I have had were with gyros filled with beef & lamb meat at various restaurants. I particularly like Greek beef and lamb and before we even stepped inside Opah Greek Grill, I already made my decision to get something with beef & lamb.
Opah Greek Grill is located in a small shopping strip adjacent to the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Murfreesboro. This restaurant suite is awkwardly simple with almost little to no thought to any type of decorative theme. On the walls are large menus and posters of Greek related items. The counter consists of a strange combination of American flag bows with a mixture of Christmas and Hawaiian garland. As tacky as the atmosphere seems to be, Opah Greek Grill definitely makes up for it with their food.
Opah Greek Grill offers various gyros with different fillings such as lamb & beef, souvlaki (meat grilled on a skewer), chicken, and falafel. If you are feeling particularly hungry, they also offer platters for about $2 more that feature an open-faced meal with rice, your choice of salad, and pita sliced up into four sections. Other items on the menu are small selections of salads, sides, and appetizers. Depending on the entree you choose, some might even be on special for that day. Toppings for your menu item are free.
I ordered a gyro platter ($6.59), which consisted of slices of actual charbroiled lamb and beef over a bed of rice with a salad consisting of a mix of Greek and tabbouleh salad.
Considering that my pita was cut up into quarters, I wasn’t quite sure how to eat my platter. Was I supposed to mix the salad with the meat and rice mixture? Unsure, I ended up eating each item separately.
The pita bread was soft with good flavor. While it did have griddle marks throughout the surface, it wasn’t warm to the touch. I’m not sure if pita bread is supposed to be heated but it wasn’t bad by any means.
The salad mix was a bed of plain “Greek” salad consisting of just lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers. On top of the “Greek salad” was a pile of tabbouleh salad. For those that never experienced tabbouleh salad, it is made of bulgur, finely chopped parsley and mint, tomato and spring onion, seasoned with lemon juice and olive oil. The result was a surprisingly refreshing salad with a slight sourness that had enough flavor that didn’t warrant any additional dressing.
On the other side of the plate was a bed of yellow colored rice with slices of lamb and beef, feta cheese, olives, and a cucumber dressing added at my request. The rice was very buttery and the slices of meat were very juicy and flavorful with infused spices common to gyro meats.
Some might consider gyro meat to be “greasy” but that is one of the characteristics of true gyros. The meat is placed on a vertical broiler in which the meat drippings from the top flow downward. When sliced, the shavings must come from the entire length of the roast to encompass the varying degrees of rich taste. Opah Greek Grill actually uses a vertical broiler for their roast, making the meat some of the most flavorful I’ve had. If that wasn’t enough, we were given a small slice of baklava (a flaky dessert with layers of chopped nuts and honey) for dessert at no charge.
Opah Greek Grill definitely surprised me with the quality of their food. The pricing is very reasonable and the food comes out in huge portions. Last but not least, the service is superb. The two employees were actually concerned on our opinion on the food and went out of their way to be hospitable. From handing us the menus when we first entered to delivering the food and cleaning up tables to following up on our meal and providing the baklava at no charge, Opah Greek Grill is definitely a great lunch spot to try.
|Opah Greek Grill
133 James Luscinski Dr #104
Murfreesboro, TN 37129-6932
Bill Total: $17.45 For Two (With Tax)