I really like Tarpon Springs. Yes, it is kitschy, most of the restaurants look like they need updating, and the shopping is geared to tourists. BUT, the Greek food available in many of the restaurants is just outstanding, and Costa's is one example. We split a large lamb shank that was fall off the bone tender in a delightful and light tomato sauce redolent of cinnamon, served with a mountain of yellow rice. As good was the pork souvlaki plate, which included a thick and garlicky yoghourt spread, ripe tomatoes, and plenty of marinated grilled pork. Also available was that addictive bread that is thicker and softer than pita, and closer to what I think of as Armenian bread than pita. Both meals came with a small Greek salad, with lots of feta, oregano and olive oil. A soft, Italian style bread was served with the salad. Many Tarpon Springs restaurants include a scoop of potato salad with their Greek salads, a local thing, but Costa's did not. Helpful and pleasant service, clean restaurant, and comfortable decor. Too full for baklava, but picked some up to take home from Hellas. A most satisfying outing. $23 plus tip for lunch, but note we ordered from the dinner menu, and less expensive lunch specials were available.
521 Athens St.
Tarpon Springs, FL