After seeing several bloggers and foodie websites tout Helen’s Greek Food and Wine as one of Houston’s best new restaurants I knew that it needed to be added to the top of my “must try” list. I ventured over with my lunch buddy/co-worker on a beautiful Friday afternoon. Side note, I know it’s January but can every day be 70 degrees already?? My spirit is ready for maxi dress and patio season!
Location/Setup: Helen’s is right on the main drag of Rice Village, Rice Boulevard. On a beautiful unseasonably warm day, parking is hard to come by. Once again we found the first available spot and walked a few blocks over to Helen’s. As we approached, we immediately exclaimed “Oh this place is cute!” There are a few tables outside for patio seating. We ventured inside for our table. The restaurant is very narrow but super high ceilings. Then there is exposed brick which makes you feel as though you are stepping back into yesteryear. I love that look in restaurants! We sat at a two top along the wall and enjoyed the natural light that poured in from the front windows. It was such a beautiful day!
Food: I hate that I had to skip over the wine menu, but alas I was still on the clock! For the food, our waiter told us everything is made to order and brought out immediately. Apparently, they do not even have heat lamp, so your food really does not sit around back there for long. I ordered an appetizer because I could not resist green-n-cheese pie, i.e. spanakoptia. It is stuffed with fresh spinach THE best feta cheese ever. The chef toasted it to perfection. It was SO good. Hands down the best spanakoptia I have ever had.
For the entree, my co-worker and I both ordered the grilled feta-brined chicken with crispy lemon confit potatoes. Our most common complaint during these lunch adventures is the portion size! Here again, we were given a rather small portion that left us desiring a little bit more. I think we have been spoiled by the “everything is bigger in Texas” notion. Portion size aside, the chicken was pretty good. Juicy and easy to cut with just a fork and/or butter knife. There was a thin later of potatoes fried like a potato chip adding a bit of crispiness which I enjoyed! My only complaint in regards to taste was that the lemon flavoring could be over whelming at times, but otherwise a really good dish!
Overall: Helen’s Greek Food and Wine is a beautiful restaurant with a lot of character! Add to that great food and a pleasant staff. My next visit will likely be for dinner so I can explore their wine menu.