Venus de Milo
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
I don’t really know much about Greek food and until just recently I really didn’t care for it but something clicked and I’ve really grown to enjoy it and not just hummus and Greek salads.
Amanda and I were looking for a place to eat one night after work and being tired of the same old same old we decided to grab some Greek food at Venus d Milo right off of the Boulevard in Colonial Heights. We walked and we literally were the only people in the place. Our waitress quickly greeted us and took our drink orders. Amanda loves Melitzanosalata, a hummus like dip made with eggplant, so we started out with an order of that. It was very good with a much smoother and creamier consistency than hummus. As we munched on the dip and pita bread and browsed over the menus we realized that our waitress, while nice, did not know very much about Greek food and had to ask the chef for answers to the few questions we had.
I decided on the Mixed Greek Plate which came with Mousaka, Pastichio, Dolmades, Spanikopita and a Greek salad for $12.95. Mousaka is a dish of layered ground beef, fried eggplant and potatoes topped with a creamy béchamel sauce. Pastichio is layered ground beef and greek noodles topped with a creamy béchamel sauce. Dolmades are grape leaves stuffed with rice and herbs. Spanikopita is a spinach pie with a flakey crust. I know that these things are sound weird but they were actually all extremely delicious and a whole lot for under $13. The Mousaka and Pastichio were pretty similar and reminded me a lot of lasagna. The Spanikopita was really out of this world with creamy spinach and cheese covered in a light and flakey crust it was probably my favorite thing on the plate. The Dolmades were good but they’re not my favorite because they have a weird minty flavor that to me seems a little odd. But over all this plate was freakin’ awesome, a lot of different flavors and textures that really gave a full experience of Greek cuisine.
I thoroughly enjoyed my meal at Venus de Milo. I think that it is a great restaurant, extremely clean and inviting and it serves some darn good Greek food for a great price. I wish that more people would go there because every time I eat there it is completely empty. Please do yourself a favor, step out of your comfort zone, of burgers, pizza and fries and check out Venus de Milo; I guarantee that you will enjoy it.