The Old Athens Grill, one of my regular hangouts, is undergoing a name change. First-time guests might be confused. The outside sign clearly says “Old Athens Grill,” its original name. Inside, the menu and signs show the current name to be “Glory Bound Gyro Company.”
The restaurant is basically the same as it has been since it opened. It has the same ownership, employees, and basically the same menu (but with some changes).
I’m told that the name change is tied in with plans for franchising.
I visit Old Athens/Glory Bound about once a month. Its casual atmosphere suits my needs perfectly. I’m comfortable dining alone or with a companion. I look forward to visiting this niche restaurant, especially on a hot summer’s day, when a gyro, salad, and cold beer sounds like an ideal combination.
Management describes the restaurant as a “funky, fun place” run by two Southern boys who offer food they describe as “Southern twist on Greek standards.” It is not a genuine Greek restaurant per se.
The restaurant offers value for the money. Definitely a generous amount of food for the price. Authentic Greek or not, the food keeps bringing me back.
On my most recent visit I dined alone and at the bar. I tend to gravitate toward a limited number of menu items when I am in specialty restaurants like this one. I go for gyros, salads, and cold beer. I had the “traditional gyro” (beef and lamb with tzatziki ). I also had a very good Greek salad as a side order and my draft beer in a frosted mug.
Glory Bound offers about two dozen varieties of gyros. Obviously most are local creations. I’ve only had the “original” and have not tried the many variations.
On my most recent visit, I happened to arrive on a Tuesday night and was able to get the gyro for the special $5.00 price. The side salad was an additional $1.50. Total cost for my three items was less than $10.00, including tax. The side salad add-on is an incredible deal. The Greek side salad is much larger—and better—than most “large” salads at other restaurants. (The regular “entrée” salads—for those choosing an even larger salad as their meal—come in very large servings (bucket-sized) and usually require a “to go” box).
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