Rodos European Grill in Clintonville offers mighty-good Mediterranean fare

G.A. Benton A growing number of eateries are serving Mediterranean-leaning fare in the stretch of land loosely bordered by Hudson Street and Henderson Road. This makes me think that the area might merit a nickname. So, how do you feel about the Clintonville Kebab Corridor? Or does Tzatziki Town sound better? […]

G.A. Benton

A growing number of eateries are serving Mediterranean-leaning fare in the stretch of land loosely bordered by Hudson Street and Henderson Road. This makes me think that the area might merit a nickname.

So, how do you feel about the Clintonville Kebab Corridor? Or does Tzatziki Town sound better? Hummus-burgh anyone? 

These admittedly silly thoughts rattled around my skull as I explored Rodos European Grill, a new member of that aforementioned roster that includes (take a deep breath) Aladdin’s Eatery, Lavash Cafe, Olive & Thyme Cafe plus the Kabob Time, Koshary King and Taste of Greece and Moroccan food trucks. 

Rodos is a small, spotless and friendly establishment with new-looking wood offset by dramatic, poster-sized photographs of theatrically lit European cities on its walls. Two of the cities depicted — Tirana, Albania, and Athens, Greece — offer a peek into the restaurant’s cuisine as Rodos’ owners have Albanian roots, and much of the food that Rodos serves will be familiar to patrons of local Greek eateries.  

The Albanian wings are noteworthy.

The cold platter ($13) turned out to be illustrative of the fare, too. That’s because this dip sampler, served with crudite and pita, was a mixed bag of something not-bad (earthy, slightly coarse hummus with cumin and lemon but not much tahini), something pretty good (rich, tangy, dill-speckled tzatziki) and something really good (delightfully sharp, spicy and pungent feta dip). 

Rodos’ meat entrees followed a somewhat similar trajectory. Still, though, the solid gyro-style sandwiches ($8) and slightly more interesting panini-style assemblies ($8) didn’t prepare me for how terrific the stars of the menu would be: the kebab dinners.

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