Why I Love Astoria, entry #2,873: El Athens Grill

Athens GrillI’m sure it’s just for legal reasons, but it warms my heart that this Mexican joint on 30th Avenue still has the word ‘Athens’ in its name. It’s been a Mexican place for a couple of years, but it came out of the closet this spring with signs in the window advertising tortas, tacos and more, and switching the open window-service zone to a display of salsas and tasty-looking spiced meats.

Inside, there’s still the bad mirror-mural of the Greek countryside, and even a poster on fluorescent paper saying, “Bienvenidos a Athens Grill!”

The torta rocks, and they have Mexican Coca-Cola. Welcome to the neighborhood, mis amigos.

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