I am a relative newcomer to this board, and, since I agree with lots of the recommends that I've read, decided to take one, for Father's Day, that I hadn't ever tried!
Welllll, we arrived a bit late, since we had a bit of difficulty finding the place, because Coral Way changes its numerical street number a few times. Anyway, we were famished, and the menu looked great! We ordered a bottle of the house wine, which was very well priced & very dry & refreshing... and Cheese Flambe (what I had known as saganaki, from other dining experiences).... and Spanokopita. The cheese was delicious, the flambe was the only cooking that was done to it, and it was done right at the table! The spinach pie was a bit overbaked & the filling was rather unimaginatively underseasoned.
I was salivating for a real lemony/oregano seasoned chicken, and they had two chix on the menu.... the waiter recommended that I get the grilled chicken, since THAT one was marinated in lemons..... my hubby ordered the Shrimp Saganaki (which was the specialty of the house and a bit overpriced, judging by the rest of the menu). With that they brought some nice warm pita, and a bowl of tzaziki (sp?) which we hadn't ordered!.
The chicken arrived, a whole half of a chicken, cut into 4 pieces, with a bed of rice & some peas & carrots. It was certainly done properly, but it was flat & tasteless, didn't taste, even vaguely of lemon or oregano &, to be perfectly honest, I make a much better chicken at home! The Shrimp dish was very nice, chopped tomatoes & feta cheese, melted to make a very nice sauce for the 5 or 6 butterflied shrimp (they were VERY large), but certainly didn't warrant the price of $16.95, when ALL the other prices were in the $8/9/10 range).
We finsihed with a piece of baklava, whcih was good, but not exceptional!
I must tell you, we were disappointed. The local place that we formerly (and still do) used as a barometer is Taverna Opa on A1A in Hollywood. The reason we didn't dine there, was that the noise level is just so high, that we've been tempted, in times past, to bring ear plugs with us! LOL But the food there is exceptional, compared to the food we had at Mykonos. Their spinach pie is about the same price... and twice as large & cut from a big pie.... with the filling succulently punctuated with feta & dill & garlic, YUM! And their chicken is delectably lemony & juicy..... Ohhhhh.. I can taste it now.
From what I gather, they have opened a new place in Fort Lauderdale, near Shooters, and another on South Beach, near Penrods. I cannot vouch for either of these. I am always cirumspect about trying "branches"
of restaurants & service & quality do not always meet expectation!!! However, if you want EXCELLENT Greek food, with nice ambience (albeit NOISY).... do try Taverna Opa in Hollywood, (maybe during the week, it would be less noisy with the music & patrons & waitpeople dancing on the tables!).... Opt for a table overlooking the intracoastal....and enjoy!!! OPA!!!
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