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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Upmarket restaurant

Mon–Thu 11:00am–10:00pm
Fri 11:00am–11:00pm
Sat noon–11:00pm
Sun noon–9:00pm

Features Kid-friendly, live music, outdoor dining
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Accepted


3055 Sage Rd.
Houston, TX
(713) 622-2778
Alexander the Great
Authentic Greek cuisine whose cost is most palatable on fun weekend nights

Alexander the Great is just about the only real upmarket Greek restaurant left in Houston, even if the restaurant’s sign looks as downmarket as they come, with that comic-Greek Disneyesque font. The strip mall doesn’t help appearances either, nor does the enormously tacky Greek statue that visually assaults you the moment you step into the restaurant.

In this case, upmarket Greek translates to pricey fishes and meats, prepared on big platters, and served in a festive weekend atmosphere, with live music and belly dancers. (Weekends are just about the only time people come here—come on a weekday and be prepared for a lonely room.) The food will be much more convincing during those times as well; saganaki cheese is flambéed to ideal squeaky resilience at the table; moussaka is silky, with an addictive balance of flavors from potatoes, eggplant, and beef. Grape leaves and kofta are correctly seasoned and moist; lemony oven-roasted potatoes glisten with olive oil and are unusually good. Don’t miss juicy grilled shrimp and quail, nor tender rack of lamb. We love seeing whole fish like charcoal-broiled snapper on the menu, but we’d be even happier if they cooked it a touch less.

The prices are a bit unjustifiable, unless you figure in entertainment, and the rarity of authentic Greek menus in town.

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