BERKELEY – It’s Greek to me and that’s OK. The restaurant at 39th and Tennyson has changed operators and is now serving Greek cuisine with juicy gyros, hearty lentil soup, and all of the zesty, full flavors one thinks about when craving the Greek fare.
The bright Mediterranean blue awning stands out against the snow-covered branches. Rich dark brown woods, ceramic tiles, and pendant lighting create an old world ambiance. Large windows on one side make for a bright sunny seating option, while the full bar and back wall has a darkened cozy feel.
My sister, daughter and I came for lunch on our first visit. After having just opened up my 529 statements showing me that an entire year of college tuition savings had just evaporated, I was pleased to see the range of prices at Axios. Soups are $3 for a cup and $6 for a bowl. Salads are $4 for a small and $8 for a large. Then there are Greek sandwiches for $7.50 to $12. Entrées range in price from $13 to $24.
I love a gyros sandwich so I give Axios’ version a try. The gyros meat is cut in long rectangular strips, thick and juicy. The pita bread is soft and the yogurt sauce makes for a very delicious meal. This sandwich is accompanied by hand cut roasted potatoes. My sister opted for the Perivoli Hummus Pita, $10. This vegetarian sandwich came with zesty hummus, grilled zucchini, feta, cucumbers, tomatoes, and field greens. My sister enjoyed the taste and quantity of the meal. My daughter selected the Chicken Marvrodaphne, $15. This pan seared chicken breast comes sautéed in a red wine sauce with mushrooms, onions, spinach and roasted potatoes. The dish was colorful and bright with its tangy flavors and juicy, perfectly done chicken breast.
For some reason it took a very long time for our meal to come out. The server was very apologetic and brought us an order of Spanokopita, $8 and a Greek Flatbread, $8 while they worked out whatever kink was happening in the kitchen. Both of these appetizers were fantastic. The spanokopita had a thick layer of spinach and feta within a flaky crispy phyllo crust. The Greek Flatbread looked very much like a small pizza with Greek toppings – olives, feta, tomatoes, and onions finished with a drizzle of olive oil. We loved both of these appetizers.
Over the course of two lunch meeting visits, I sampled the soups and the salads. Axios is gifted in the soup department. Their house lentil soup is hearty, rich and spicy. I love it. They also have soups of the day. I tried their creamy butternut squash soup and this rich orange autumn soup was extremely satisfying in its squash flavors along with the creamy texture. I also tried the salads – my favorite being the Roasted Beet and Spinach Salad. The greens were bright in both color and flavor. A cheerful burst of lemony herbs and olive oil blended for a delightful culinary experience.
During one of my lunch meetings, my skinny girlfriend ordered a salad and the Gyros sliders, $6. These little 3” mini gyros satisfied her. Maintaining my voluptuous figure, I opted for the Chicken Kabob Pita, $9. This Greek sandwich comes with chunks of really juicy chicken that has a nicely seared crust. The ztatziki yogurt sauce adds to the moistness of the sandwich as does the lettuce and tomato. Again, I really loved this meal. This sandwich comes with a large serving of orzo pasta.
One night we came out as a family. We arrived around 7:30 and the place was pretty full. Apparently everyone came in at about the same time, so while the service was really attentive – all of our drinks were refilled numerous times – the wait for our food was quite long. The wait was worth it. One kid ordered the Greek Makaronia me Keftedes, $15. These very large meatballs were dense and flavorful without being too spicy. The flat noodles and red sauce had a good flavor. The entrée was much too large for this teenager to eat in one sitting. My husband selected the ribs, $13 from the appetizer menu. These ribs had a rich flavor of balsamic vinegar and other Greek spices that, when eaten with the greens upon which they were served made for a delicious meal.
I am thrilled to have Axios join the North Denver dining scene. The owners bring several generations of restaurant knowledge to this location. In addition to authentic Greek flavors, on the third Thursday of each month, Axios will be featuring live Greek music. On November 19, Axios will also start opening for brunch on the weekends.
Price: from $3 – $24
Uniqueness: Bright flavors, perfectly seared and juicy meats, fabulous soups.
Urge to return: High*
3901 Tennyson St.
Denver, CO 80212 – 720.328.2225
*Scale: Never, Low, Medium, High
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