Odyssea Restaurant: 71-02 Kissena Blvd.,
Hours: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Credit Cards: All major
When Odysseus made his long and arduous journey home from the Trojan War, rest stops
were few and far between. If only the mysterious waters of the Mediterranean had led him
to Flushing, his lunch would have become more meal than myth. Unfortunately, the Odyssea
Restaurant only opened in July of this year.
Located on a busy stretch of Kissena Boulevard, Odyssea caters to a bustling breakfast
and lunch crowd, as well as a more subdued and leisurely dinner crowd.
For breakfast, the chef recommends the Griddle Cakes Deluxe ($5.95), served with an
egg, and ham, bacon, or sausage. Odyssea also offers delicious Belgian waffles, French
toast, and an extensive selection of omelets. Also try the Jumbo Bagel Special ($7.50),
served with lox, cream cheese, lettuce, onions and olives.
While Greek cuisine has changed quite a bit since Odysseus day, and most likely
he never had the opportunity to try a Gyro or Souvlaki, consider yourself fortunate. At
Odyssea, these Greek specialties and others are wonderfully executed. The chef recommends
the Chicken Gyro ($4.45), which is wrapped in pita bread, with lettuce, tomato, onions,
and a delicious sauce.
The menu also makes a its own odyssey to the other side of the Mediterranean for a
selection of excellent Italian dishes. Make sure you try the veal parmigiana.
When it comes to salads, Odyssea offers some terrific options. Not to be missed is the
Greek salad ($5.50), served with feta cheese, anchovies, scallions, lettuce, tomato,
cucumber, relish, and onions. One of the most popular dishes at Odyssea is the Caesar
salad "All the Way," which comes with thinly sliced chicken breast, a hard
boiled egg, crisp romaine lettuce, and is topped with delicious croutons.
If it is standard diner fare you are after, you will not be disappointed. Odyssea
serves up burgers, fries, sandwiches, and milkshakes, all at extremely reasonable prices.
Try their Reuben sandwich ($6.50), which is grilled corned beef and sauerkraut on rye
bread, topped with melted Swiss cheese and served with potato salad.
If you are just stopping by for a late night snack, dont miss the chicken fingers
deluxe ($7.25), which comes with fried chicken strips, barbecue sauce, French fries,
lettuce and tomato.
Odyssea also offers nearly two dozen homemade desserts, and for the smaller
protagonists in your family, a wonderful childrens menu. So whether you are on a
desperate quest, or just after a quick bite, avoid the wrath of the gods and stop by