The Random Restaurant Tour (XI)

In Columbus, at least, Greek restauranteurs must be an emotional bunch who wear the core elements of their personalities on their shirt sleeves. In the footprint of our fair city, we’ve got dining establishments identified with a Mad Greek, a Crazy Greek, a Simple Greek, and even a Yappy Greek.

Yesterday, though, we were in a good mood at lunchtime, so we ventured to The Happy Greek. It’s a Short North staple that’s been there for decades — which makes it all the more bizarre that I’ve never been inside its doors. But there’s a first time for everything.

The Happy Greek has all the trappings that you’ve come to expect in a Greek restaurant, including wall paintings of happy dancing Greeks and a bar fashioned to look like the Acropolis. (Surprisingly, the proprietor wasn’t outfitted like Socrates.) And, of course, a menu that features lots of salads and other traditional Greek fare.

My theory on a new restaurant is that you first try one of the basics from their menu, and if that is good you then branch out to other options on subsequent visits. Since I don’t eat salad, Greek or otherwise, I went for the lamb pita sandwich with onions, tzatziki sauce, and fries. The sandwich was big, with lots of succulent lamb and fresh pita bread, enjoyably messy to eat with your hands, and very tasty. The fries were a little on the salty side for my taste, but the seasoning did go well when I started to use the fries to mop up stray pools of the tzatziki sauce, which was so good I could have imbibed it by the tumbler. I’ll definitely come back.

And I should add that the people inside were very friendly, too. With a name like The Happy Greek, they’re pretty much required to be, I guess.

In Like A Lion



They say March comes in like a lamb or a lion.  In Columbus today, where more snow is falling, we’ve drawn the fierce and roaring lion.  The snowfall is making the riotous jumble of lawn furniture in our back yard look like a bad effort at modern art sculpture.

They say that March goes out the opposite way it came in.  If so, that would be fine with us.  It seems like this winter has lasted forever, and as far as we are concerned the lamb-like weather can’t get here soon enough.

Lamb, Or Lion?

It’s March — the most unpredictable weather month of the year.

IMG_3200We’re all familiar with the old saying about March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb, or vice versa.  But, which is it?  Sometimes the answer is not so clear.

Last night we had a discussion about whether, in central Ohio, March was coming in like a lion or a lamb.  The temperature was at freezing levels, with snowflakes blowing down.  I took the position that March had come in like a lion.  The alternative view was that 32 degrees and a little snow wasn’t that bad, and that you could only invoke the lion if the weather was abysmal — temperatures in the teens, raging blizzards, and so forth.  That seems like an awfully high leonine standard to me.  It’s just a lion, after all, not Godzilla or Darth Vader.

So, I’m going with the lion.  If March had come in like a lamb, it seems to me, there’d be kids on the seats of the teeter-totter at the neighborhood playground, not swirling snowflakes.