There's something to be said about rating a place 2's and 1's yet returning. I'm glutton for punishment and Aphrodite's is more than happy to deliver.
It is true, Aphrodite's service is so bad to the point where you will ask "did that just happen?" or "did I really order an iced tea 30minutes ago?" But to their credit or maybe just through chance I was there relatively recently (2 months ago) and it seemed that they have completely overhauled their staff. I am still leery so I gave service 1-star due to my lasting impression of the place.
I've only been here for lunch and brunch and even while taking into consideration the increased prices for organic food their menus is overpriced. I can't recall the exact price but a breakfast along the lines of 2 eggs, toast, hash browns was noticeably more pricey than say Tomato Cafe close by.
Unfortunately for the price increase I would say the food is not exceptional. Their food is "fine" and they have burned things on occasion.
So why do I come here? First, their chocolate raspberry pie. I honestly love that pie. Granted there have been occasions that I endure it all just to have the pie only to find out that it's sold out, but I still go waiting for the moment I'll get to savour that first bite.
So why not take out? This leads to the 2nd reason why this place is popular. The location draws you in. It's quaint. The inside space has a simple neighbourhood like feel. And the outside seating faces a street that has enough traffic and action to keep you occupied but doesn't usually get congested or overwhelming. It's the perfect restaurant for the location and complements the stores around it. I've sat outside on a sunny day and just enjoyed the breeze and the relaxing feel of the area.
This restaurant really could be so much more; better food to match the prices, better service, consistent availability of menu items but truth of the matter is that people keep coming back regardless of its deficiencies.