Even with their sights set on eternal glory, the well-greaved Achaeans besieging Troy had to break for dinner. Today's Groupon brings bounteous Hellenic fare across the wine-dark sea and straight into your mouth, the skilled breaker of horses. For $15, you get $30 worth of modern Greek dining at Bakkhus Taverna in Kemah's Lighthouse District.
The menu at Bakkhus is loaded with traditional Greek recipes with modern twists and shouts. Start off a meal with an appetizer such as fire feta dip, which adds Serrano peppers, olive oil, and spices to the Greek cheese for a spicy pita-chip-dipping delight ($7.95), or a hot plate of loukanika, the Greek sausage ($8.95). Evening diners sup on a traditional gyro platter ($13.95) or the snapper Santorini ($21.95). But Bakkhus's lunch specialties perform the Herculean feat of freeing Prometheus from plastic-baggie handcuffs. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week, come in for a Mykonos burger (half pound Angus patty marinated in red wine and topped with jalapeños and pineapple, $8.95), a plate of kefte pasta (angel hair with Greek meatballs and crumbled feta, $9.95), or an old-school gyro pita complete with tzatziki ($7.95) with a side of spanakopita ($4.75).
In Greek mythology, Bacchus was the god responsible for relieving the numbing effects of day-to-day life, usually by getting people drunk or making them go crazy. Bakkhus's family-cooked meals and cozy décor won't make you go crazy, but they might make you want to build an elongated coin machine to commemorate every memorable meal with a picture of a block of feta cheese. Reservations are recommended.
Urbanspooners give an 85% approval rating:
- By far, best Greek restaurant in town. The best part besides the entertainment( belly dancers and Greek band) is they have a wide variety of food. – Speero
- Very nice outdoor dining area, gyro plate is one of the best I've had. Tucked away in Kemah I wish I had discovered this place sooner. –ersiv
- Nestled in the heart of Kemah, Bakkhus is a must for Greek lovers! Love everything on the menu, but the fire roasted dip is a MUST… – Juliet W.