Vios

Written by on August 22, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(vioscafe.com) – Ravenna
How I heard of this place: It used to be the Honey Bear Bakery, a coffee shop at the far end of Third Place Books, which offered bar seating against the windows overlooking NE 65th Street, cafe fare and friendly staff. Vios came in about two years ago and after hearing many good reviews, it was high time I sampled the menu. My friend Chris S. was in the mood for kebabs, “something Mediterranean” after our six (his eight) mile run around Green Lake. Ashley and I chose the spot as we waited for Chris to complete his last lap.
Type of cuisine: Simple Greek cuisine.
Ambiance: Casual setting with tall booths for seating. The space hosts a children’s play area between the bookstore and restaurant. Simple and sparse space with a lot of openness.
What I ordered: I ordered the Meze plate with one grilled chicken skewer ($11), a traditional Greek salad made with tomato, cucumber, green bell pepper, red onion, feta cheese and olives, and tzatziki (Greek yogurt with cucumber, garlic and fresh herbs). One of my dining companions also ordered a chicken skewer meze plate with hommus (chickpea puree with garlic, lemon and tahini) and braised greens (kale with extra-virgin olive oil, garlic and lemon juice). Our third dining companion ordered the lamb meze plate with a side of hommus and kopanisti (feta cheese, roasted red pepper, and hot pepper). We accidentally got three pieces of falafel due to server error, but no one was complaining.
What I loved: I loved the kopanisti the most. The spicy flavor and the creamy texture were both pleasant to palate and tasty!
Why I loved it: The service was quick and the food satisfying. The portions are manageable and the food good.
Cost: Average to high ($10-$12 for a small meze plate, which includes two sides)

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