Cheap Eats 2008: Athens Grill

They don’t call it the Big Fat Gyro for nothing: Athens Grill pumps up its signature sandwich with a heap of fries. Photograph by Stacy Zarin-Goldberg.

Why go: For hefty portions of home-style Greek cooking and hardwood-charcoal grilling delivered with the warmth and good cheer of a family-run restaurant.

What to get: The irresistible Big Fat Gyro, stuffed with French fries as well as the usual lamb, onion, and tzatziki; grilled pork and lamb kebabs and spicy Greek-style hamburger; kota plaki, tender chicken braised with onions and tomatoes over pilaf; a homespun stew of orzo with lamb; vegetable dishes such as tender eggplant and potatoes with olive oil and garlic; ultralight baklava.

Best for: A casual lunch or dinner with kids when you want to feed many for little and for weeknight dinner takeout.

Insider tip: The tangy Angeli Gourmet Greek Dressing used as a marinade, dip, and condiment is for sale by the bottle.

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Ann Limpert
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Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.