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Great Takeout: Athens Grill
Comments () | Published December 10, 2008
Athens Grill
Address: 9124 Rothbury Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20886
Phone: 301-975-0757
Neighborhood: Gaithersburg
Cuisines: Greek/Mediterranean
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Saturday from 11 AM to 9 PM. Closed Sundays.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Tzatziki; taramasalata; Big Fat Gyro; chicken, pork, and lamb kebabs; Greek-style hamburger; kota plaki, a braised chicken with onions and tomatoes over pilaf; rotisserie chicken; moussaka; orzo with lamb stew; vegetable meatballs; eggplant and potatoes w
Price Details: Entrees, $6.49 to $17.49.

The Big Fat Gyro ($8.25) at the Athens Grill (9124 Rothbury Dr., Gaithersburg; 301-975-0757) is worth trying for the name alone. But this pileup of lamb, tzatziki, and French fries makes for good eating, too. Homey chicken stews over orzo or pilaf taste as if a Greek grandma made them. Vegetables—think eggplant and potatoes with garlic—are treated with respect and a healthy dose of olive oil. A hardwood/charcoal grill turns out Greek-style hamburger ($9.25) and pork kebabs ($13.50 for a platter). Portions are ultragenerous, so two can often share a single dish. Ditto for the baklava ($3.99), though it’s so light that you could probably eat the whole thing without batting an eye.

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