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Posts Tagged ‘Greek / Mediterranean’


Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

4029 North Miami Avenue
(786) 431-1022

Brought up in the family restaurant business, with establishments in Coral Gables and Mykonos, co-owners, Costa Grillas and Niko Theodorou, have created a white hued urban environment in which to showcase their rustic Greek cuisine.  The essence of which is simply prepared and perfectly fresh ingredients.  Always on the menu, the grilled fish of the day incorporates nothing more than a drizzle of olive oil, lemon and oregano.  The marinated, grilled octopus, served on a bed of tomatoes, and a half chicken, roasted with lemon and herbs are signature dishes.  Classic dishes that delight, include Spanakopita, homemade spinach pie, and Papoutsaki, baked eggplant, and ground beef topped with a creamy béchamel and sweet tomato sauce.

Mezze, or small plates provide a quick luncheon bite or a sampling to be shared with friends before the main course.  We bestow our stamp of approval on the pikilia, a plate of tzatziki, hummus, and taramosalata, a Greek-style caviar spread made from delicate codfish roe.

An array of sweets to round out the meal should include creamy Greek yogurt with honey, or the crowd pleasing, puffed pastry drizzled with honey and sprinkled with walnuts and cinnamon.

Monday – Thursday: 11:30 am–3:30 pm, 5:00 – 11:00 pm
Friday: 11:30am–3:30pm, 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Saturday: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am; Sunday: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm


Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

4312 2nd Avenue

An authentic Aegean bistro, this family owned neighborhood restaurant is a great casual find.  Decompress in the garden in the back under a sprawling tree where mezes, either the Turkish or Greek sampler are a great way to begin.  Enjoy generous sized portions of lemony fava bean puree, smoked eggplant, tzatziki, hummus with the sesame-flecked Turkish flatbread served hot from the oven.  The staff is friendly, the prices are reasonable and the classic dishes couldn’t be better. There’s Turkish chorizo, grilled octopus, fried calamari and a great zucchini fritter.  Fresh whole fish simply grilled is offered daily.  Try some of the traditional dishes such as  tasty spanokopita (spinach and feta pie) and kefte (beef and lamb meatballs.)  The seafood, tiny mussels in a classic white wine and garlic sauce deserve a repeat visit.

Just beyond the garden, a new indoor dining room has been added to accommodate the overflow Mandolin’s great popularity creates.

This charming 1940’s blue and white house reminded me of a seaside tavern on the Aegean Coast.   The lantern- laden back garden makes you forget the undistinguished neighborhood.   The friendly service brings you back.

Monday – Saturday: 12 pm – 11 pm