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A chafing dish full of grilled Greek specialties and a platter of Greek vegetables await diners at the Parthenon in Otterbach, Germany.
A chafing dish full of grilled Greek specialties and a platter of Greek vegetables await diners at the Parthenon in Otterbach, Germany. (Will Morris/Stars and Stripes)
A chafing dish full of grilled Greek specialties and a platter of Greek vegetables await diners at the Parthenon in Otterbach, Germany.
A chafing dish full of grilled Greek specialties and a platter of Greek vegetables await diners at the Parthenon in Otterbach, Germany. (Will Morris/Stars and Stripes)
A Greek salad as served at the Parthenon in Otterbach, Germany.
A Greek salad as served at the Parthenon in Otterbach, Germany. (Will Morris/Stars and Stripes)
A platter of Greek-style vegetables as served in the Parthenon in Otterbach, Germany.
A platter of Greek-style vegetables as served in the Parthenon in Otterbach, Germany. (Will Morris/Stars and Stripes)
The decor of the Parthenon can best be described as ancient Greek temple meets Versace.
The decor of the Parthenon can best be described as ancient Greek temple meets Versace. (Will Morris/Stars and Stripes)
The Parthenon, a Greek restaurant in Otterburg, Germany, offers great food, great ambiance and great service at a great price.
The Parthenon, a Greek restaurant in Otterburg, Germany, offers great food, great ambiance and great service at a great price. (Will Morris/Stars and Stripes)

When I went to the Parthenon, a Greek restaurant in Otterbach, I didn’t really know what to expect. I had been craving something vaguely Mediterranean for days and had high hopes for a great meal, but the Kaiserslautern area is littered with restaurants that look good on the outside, but on the inside they are nothing more than places where massive amounts of soulless food is sold at a price margin designed to make the owners rich.

The second I walked inside the Parthenon, I knew everything was going to be OK. The restaurant, decorated with re-creations of art from Greek temples, has an atmosphere that is at once relaxed but extremely elegant. There were two large families in the restaurant along with a couple on a date and an elderly gentleman sitting by himself. All were smiling. All were noshing away.

My wife and I took a table in the corner and started going through restaurant’s massive menu. We eventually decided on the “Parthenon Platter” because it offered samples of four dishes.

The platter did not disappoint. The waiter came out with a huge Greek salad of lettuce, arugula, onions, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers and pepperoncinis — all dressed with a mild vinaigrette and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

After we devoured the salad, a server followed with two dishes — one of tzatziki sauce and another of french fries. This was followed by a platter of assorted vegetables and a chafing dish full of kebabs, lamb chops and other grilled Greek specialties. Everything was laid out family style on our table, where we dished out what we wanted on our plates. Everything was amazing, and impossible to finish. It was possibly the best Greek food I have had.

The Parthenon hits it out of the park — great food, great service, great atmos-phere and reasonable prices. I recommend coming to Otterbach for a hike or bike ride on one of the many trails throughout the village, then making a stop at the Parthenon.

morris.william@stripes.com

Directions: Go to the A6/270 interchange and go north on 270. At the 270/L367 interchange and go right. Take another right on to L389 (Lauterstrasse) to Otterbach. Go straight through a round about and the restaurant should be on the left. The address is Lauterstrasse 22, 67731 Otterbach, Germany.Hours: Open daily for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and dinner 5-10:30 p.m. Closed Monday.Dress: CasualClientele: Local GermansFood: Greek and pizza, entrees average 15 euros.Menu: In German. Staff speaks very limited English.Information: Phone: (+49) (0) 6301 14 26; website: www.hotel-parthenon-kl.de

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