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Yuli's Taverna- Glendale

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Yuli's Taverna- Glendale

AndrewS | Jul 20, 2005 01:56 AM

My fiance and I hit Yuli's in Glendale at 208 N. Brand, last Sunday and were pleasantly surprised. I've been looking for good Greek food in town and hadn't come across a decent place yet (not a Papa Cristo's fan). My standards for Greek food are fairly high after a couple of weeks in Greece, and a couple of years living with a lady with a Greek mother who was an excellent cook.

Some quick comments (with apologies for spelling errors)-

Tzaziki- very good, nice garlicy, creamy- not watery and bland as this dish often is

Apps- spanokopita- excellent light phyllo with nice light feta/ spinach filling. This is how it's supposed to be done.

Pork sausage- tasty light cased sausage

Pork sausage- uncased- undercooked, had to send it back to the kitchen. Waiter very gracious about it. Decent, but not exceptional. Small patties of seasoned pork.

Eggplant dip- excellent, loads of garlic with a nice eggplant taste

Dinner salad- good quality feta and olives- the details matter here.

Avenglemono soup (lemon chicken, thickened with egg)- not as lemony as I like. Pretty basic, not a standout.

Lamb Shanks- two sizable lamb shanks slow roasted with some herbs. Aggressively lamby, rich meat. Done well. They do a grilled lamb special on Fridays and Saturdays which the waiter assured me was excellent. Seasoned stewed vegetables on the side- nicely done with pops of garlic and oregano in a tomato tinged sauce.

Stifado- veal stew in a rich spiced red sauce- Excellent!!! I was deeply jealous of my fiance for getting this.

Cost with 3 drinks each, + tip- about $90 if memory serves.

The service was excellent, and they tend to keep the kitchen open until 10 or 11, not yet having been perverted by this American habit of early dinners. I was talking with our waiter (who I suspect was the owner)- it seems its a family operation run by folks from Thessaloniki.

Overall- total winner, I'll be back soon.

Yulie's Taverna
208 N. Brand
Glendale
818-240-4570

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