Maybe you all know about this place but since I didn't see anything on the board about it I thought I'd post:
Last night a friend took me to Effies, a Greek place at 11th and Pine, on the recommendation of the classicist grad students at penn, who said it was the best Greek food they'd had outside of Greece. Well, my Greek food experience is very limited but it was certainly the best I'd ever had.
I had really wonderful Moussaka, which was layered like lasagna, with sliced potatoes, grilled eggplant, ground lamb, whipped potatoes, a bechamel sauce and a tomato sauce on top. It comes out of the kitchen in a gorgeous, perfectly formed cube.
My girlfriend had the pastitzio (sp?), which everyone explains as the greek lasagna. I had been looking forward to trying it ever since a Greek guy I met raved about having it every time he went home to his mother back in Greece. The presentation was similar to the moussaka but was made up mostly of ground lamb and rigatoni-like noodles. I liked her dish even more than mine.
Our friend had the mezze platter (appetizer platter) for dinner, which included roasted red pepper, hummus, chicked kabobs, whipped potatoes (which may have included greek caviar, as that was an appetizeer listed on the menu), spanikopita, and maybe a thing or two else.
the pita at this place is amazingly soft and delicious as well. A warm basketful comes out of the kitchen before the meals. The restaurant seems pretty large, with three different dining rooms, each with pretty different character. Prices range from around 9-15 dollars for entrees.
Effies is BYO so we asked the server where we could get some beer. She directed us to a convenience store at 10th and Pine which is an even more exciting find for me than the restaurant. The store has the best selection of beer at a convenience store I've ever seen in PA. Tons of belgians and american microbrews, from Hair of the dog to Unibroue. Best of all you can mix and match six packs. $8.75 for the 75 CL bottle of Chimay I got seemed fair for PA...what a great store!
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