CLOSED: Myra's Dionysus

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    ( 3 reviews )



121 Calhoun St, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 45219

Serves meat, vegan options available. Greek food with also influences from different regions of the world. Cheese is in some dishes, so vegans to inquire. No longer serve faux bacon sandwiches as it was overly processed. Reported closed to HappyCow, Oct 2014.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Mediterranean, Catering, Greek, Non-veg

3 Reviews

First Review by VeggieOption

A Delightful Local Place! - Edit

Recommended to us by a neighborhood used bookstore (another great place!), we were so pleased with all the options for vegan dining. We enjoyed our lunch on their back patio. There were so many delicious choices to make from 12 vegan soups and so much more. I finally chose a sampler plate so that I could try three of their vegan entrees. Based on our family's meal that day, we'll definitely be back. Often! There are a lot of the big-chain places nearby as it's so close to the university. I wouldn't even consider those after eating at Myra's Dionysus. It's awesome.

Pros: Many Vegan Items, Local Ambiance and Off-Street Parking, Knowledgeable and Friendly Servers

Cons: Well, they serve animals, too., Other than that, there are no cons.

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Good ethnic variety - Edit

Lots of soups

Cons: limited seating

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Vegetarians Cannot Go Wrong Here! - Edit

Vegetarians cannot go wrong at Myra's Dionysus. This restaurant has been serving up great veggie fare for years and there is a reason for their staying power when so many other places go bust: great food at great prices served in an friendly, unpretentious atmosphere.

The restaurant's prime location in the heart of the University of Cincinnati no doubt helps the bottom line, but it's the jawdropping amount of vegetarian fare that keeps me returning year after year. From the astonishing number of wholesome, veggie/vegan soups to the remarkable list of Mediterranean-inspired sandwiches and rice dishes, it is obvious that the folks at Myra's are old hands at vegetarian/vegan fare. I do not know how long the restaurant has been in business, but judging from the dark wood paneling, hand-painted signs and other hippie touches, I'm guessing they opened in the mid-70's.

Not every item on their vast menu is available everyday because food is prepared in small batches of daily specials and can sell out. Their menu lists approximately 30 soups, for instance, but not every one of them will be on offer. It's best to call ahead to find out what's cooking if there's a certain something that's got your jones. For those not adverse to mock meats, they offer a FBLT (faux bacon/lettuce/tomato) sandwich and a green salsa burrito filled with soyrizo.

Even though the Turkish Imam Bialdi dish of eggplant and tomato sounded divine, and past experience of their baked tofu had me waffling about what to order, in the end I had to feed my craving and go with the falafel pita sandwich.

It's a simple sandwich comprised of fried chickpea patties garnished with tomato, romaine lettuce, and pickle that is really packed with flavor thanks to the interplay of the spiced patties and the bright tahini lemon sauce. Delicious.

Be sure to leave room for dessert when visiting Myra's. You'll see the chilled deli case of home made vegan desserts as soon as you walk through the door - stop and have a look. Chances are that something in there will strike your fancy.

The student-friendly prices and hours (open til 10 p.m. Sunday and weekdays, and 11 p.m. on weekends) make Myra's a popular haunt, although parking along Calhoun can be hit or miss. Save your meter money and park in the free lot at the corner of Calhoun and Scioto. In a city famous for chili and goetta, Myra's Dionysus is a real gem for the non-meat eater.

Pros: healthy, good value, excellent food

Cons: small dining room

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