Taverna Greek Grill

This place isn't a Greek restaurant so much as Greek-ish. Nonetheless, the food is good, if not traditional. The falafel is one of my favorites: it's soft and moist and fried with a light touch, not hard as a rock like some places do it. [If you prefer traditional falafel, My Pita Wrap is the place to go.] The hummus is outstanding!! The gyro is good, and the tomato pesto pasta is good. The spanakopita is odd (shaped like a burrito) but tasty. The dolmas are stuffed with ground beef, which I consider blasphemy. The baklava has way too much cinnamon. They used to have a great braised lamb shank, and a great mediterranean pizza, and I was sorry to see them go.

Some items seem pretty pricey for what you get. The stuffed shells are an example. Yes, they were good, and the portion was just the right size, but still I thought they were too expensive. On the other hand, they now have inexpensive lunch specials, and the one I tried (grilled cheese sandwich with tomato bisque soup) was pretty good.

When I was in Detroit, I had two friends who were Greek-Americans, and they turned me on to some really good food, and steered me away from tourist joints (if they serve flaming cheese and go "Opa!" itís a safe bet that it's not the real McCoy). One friend was a fellow Biochemistry major [although to save my life I canít remember his name right now], and he claimed to be a cousin of Jeff Pinkus, who played bass for the Butthole Surfers, which is the best name ever devised for a rock band [best song: I Saw an X-Ray of a Girl Passing Gas]. My other friend, Tim Phillipos, was a total nerd and geek as I was (and still am). We would hang out late into the night discussing whatever it is that geeks as we do, from Jimi Hendrix to particle physics. I remember once, Tim and I went into the Traffic Jam, which that night featured a Moroccan lentil dish: he took one bite, and exclaimed "This is how my mother made it!"

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Business Category:Local establishment (1-2 locations)
Breakfast (1-10):
Lunch (1-10):8
Dinner (1-10):8
Cleanliness (1-10):8
Service (1-10):8
Noise (1-10):6
How often visited:Routinely
How likely to return:Definitely
Last known visit:2018-06-20
Last updated:2018-07-08

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