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 $12, you get $25 worth of Greek cuisine and drinks at Eleni's Estiatorio. Today's deal is only valid for Eleni's location in Sellwood.
Finding a feast-worthy foundation in recipes culled from a beloved family cookbook, Eleni's Estiatorio pays homage to the culinary traditions of Crete, where a plenitude of olive-oil anointed appetizers and healthy entrees liven each table-topping repast. Luxuriate in a selection of traditional starters such as the saganaki––melty morsels of kefalograviera cheese that are pan-fried in olive oil, served in flaming cognac, and extinguished table-side by a lemon-juice-equipped fire marshal ($9).
Next, dive mouth-first into a selection of main dishes, many of which feature organic produce and humanely raised proteins, including the makaronia me soutzoukakia, featuring herb-and-garlic-kissed meatballs––from Oregon-based Cascade Natural Beef––dressed in roasted tomato and pepper puree, served with spaghetti and feta cheese ($15). Veggievores can find solace in colorful platings of kolokithokeftedes––zucchini cakes decorated with fresh herbs, lime, and avocado sauce ($8)––and kind-hearted carnivores can delve delicately into the tender limbs of arni me filo––a braised, filo-dough encrusted leg of lamb basking in a puree of roasted tomato, red pepper, and greek cheeses, served with seasonal vegetables ($18).
Eleni's rich, color-splashed dining room makes it an ideal place to share a meal with the family or celebrate special occasions such as the signing of a marriage contract or romantic business merger. Warm up with a drink at the bar or accompany your dinner with one of a litany of libations imported, in a stunning twist of character, from Greece.
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.
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