Farm Grill and Rotisserie
40 Needham Street, Newton, MA 02461
--- Winner, Best Greek Restaurant in Boston Area, 2008 (also 2007) ---
The ever-busy Needham Street in Newton seems like an odd place for a terrific Greek restaurant, as Newton's most commercial road is filled mostly with chain stores and auto shops. But there is indeed a Greek dining spot on this road that is good enough to justify a trip from other parts of Boston. And while the Farm Grill and Rotisserie might not be the best Greek restaurant in the Boston area (not with places like Ithaki around, though granted, Ithaki and others are more upscale), it is surely a restaurant that lovers of Greek foods need to seek out.
The Farm Grill and Rotisserie is attractive in a simple, understated way, with ceiling murals, Greek art scattered about, and a liberal use of blue and white paint to give the place an authentic Greek feel. The restaurant is a simple, casual, almost no-frills spot, however; patrons order at the counter, then grab a table and wait for the waitstaff to bring the food over (much like Demo's in nearby Waltham). The food itself is a bit more light, airy, and healthy than some other Greek restaurants in the Boston area, with fresh ingredients used. The lemon chicken soup is freshly made and delicious, while the Greek salad is decent (it is much better with chicken gyro meat included). The stuffed grape leaves are particularly good; they are served hot and placed over a bed of rice with a tasty lemon chicken sauce drizzled on top. Other dishes served at the Farm Grill and Rotisserie include a tasty pastitzio with ground beef; mousaka with bessemer cream; octopus salad; lamb chops; and spinach pie. The usual sides come with the meals, including roasted potatoes and rice pilaf. And, of course, there are those wonderful Greek desserts, including baklava, if you happen to have any room left (which might not be very likely!).
It is nice to see a casual Greek restaurant that is located so close to Route 128, since so many Greek restaurants in the Boston area are located in in or near Cambridge. For those who live in the suburbs west of Boston, the Farm Grill and Rotisserie is definitely one of the few choices for Greek cuisine, and a fine one at that.
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