My parents and I both love Greek food. Though they live in Charleston, West Virginia, they had never been to Adelphia Sports Bar and Grill on Capitol Street. I thought it would be the perfect place to take them for lunch. We even lucked out with a primo parking spot at a meter out front.
Adelphia Sports Bar is a typical sports bar in every way other than it has a higher quality of food to choose from. Comprised mostly of Greek dishes, there are also other choices. Adelphia also has a killer happy hour and showcases many TV’s around the restaurant showing a variety of sporting events. It is “the” place in downtown Charleston to watch popular sporting events, especially local ones, as everyone in the restaurant bonds through the excitement.
For lunch, we began our meal with the Saganaki (flaming cheese). The main courses we selected were the Souvlaki over Rice (one chicken, one pork) and a Greek Gyro, with a side of Hummus and Pita Bread. My mom also had a side Greek salad, one of her favorite dishes, but it was just average in taste.
The flaming cheese at Adelphia Sports Bar was a big disappointment. I have had this dish in Greece as well as many other US cities and it is typically quite the production. In this case, a kitchen worker brought a round DIRTY tray to our table with a lemon wedge, plastic soufflé cup of the flammable liquid (brandy), and a small platter with the deep-fried feta cheese.
He poured the brandy over the hunk of cheese and lit it, gave a light-hearted “Opa!” cheer that only we could hear, and left the dirty tray and all at our table. Flaming cheese is usually served with cut vegetables or at the very least, fresh pita bread. I had to ask my server for something to eat with the cheese which costs $1.50 extra for 6 tiny triangles of cold pita bread. What a disappointment! Why even bother having it on the menu?
This Greek restaurant definitely knows what they are doing with the main courses. My gyro was spot on. The meat was cooked to perfection, wrapped in fresh billowy pita, seasoned perfectly, with crisp lettuce, diced tomato, flavorful tzatziki (cucumber sauce), and red onion. There was a $2.50 up charge to sub hummus and pita bread rather than a typical side item.
What Needs Improvement: Service, bathroom cleanliness, dirty tables need cleaned timely, and charging extra for simple things that belong with the menu item.
My Rating Scale 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest)= 7
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