Dining out with friends can foster healthy relationships that might otherwise be limited to impersonal group texts or overly personal bath-time visits. Get a bite in person with a person with today's Groupon to Eleni's Philoxenia. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Greek cuisine.
- For $12, you get $25 worth of Greek cuisine.
A native of the Greek island of Crete, Eleni Touhouliotis employs her family’s recipes to transform organic ingredients and hormone-free meats into the decadent house-made meals populating her restaurant’s extensive menu. Guests can toast marshmallows in the towering flames rising from a sizzling portion of saganaki, lightly breaded cheese fried in olive oil and ignited with cognac and a spritz of fresh lemon juice ($10).
Main courses form a parade of traditional meat dishes, including the Greek take on meatballs, bieftekia, spiked with a mélange of herbs, garlic, and onions and doused in Greek-style marinara sauce ($10). A succulent New Zealand leg of lamb rests with a purée of roasted tomatoes and red peppers inside a crispy filo crust ($19), and a perfectly flame-smooched chicken breast sits atop a mound of fresh vegetables and orzo shaped like Zeus's face etched into Mount Olympus ($16). For dessert, spoons can nosedive into creamy greek yogurt drizzled with golden plumes of honey and candied fruit ($8) or break into the flaky, nutty layers of baklava ($8).
Eleni's Philoxenia & Eleni's Estiatorio
Eleni Touhouliotis came to America from the island of Crete and brought with her a Greek cookbook written by her cousin. She arrived in 1974 and started working in cafes, putting aside the money she earned in hopes of someday starting her own restaurant. She finally succeeded in 2006, when she opened the doors to Eleni's Estiatoro and introduced the world to her family recipes. Eleni received an enthusiastic response and opened a second location—Eleni's Philoxenia—a mere 18 months later.
Both of Eleni's eateries feature virtually the same menu, which combines fresh vegetables, first-press olive oil from Crete, and naturally raised, hormone-free meats into classic Greek dishes.
This restaurant has a very extensive menu and excellent food! The venue is intimate; good for a date or an evening out with good friends.Amanda E., Yelp, 10/16/2011
Tips from Groupon Customers
“I thought the service was great, food was fantastic and I can't wait to return with friends next time!”
“Above all, even with the manager off in Greece, the staff of wonderfully helpful and attentive, friendly and kind.”
“excellent service and great food”
112 NW 9th Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97209