Good food seems ancient to its contemporaries, and modern to their descendants. With today’s Groupon, feast on classic fare from the birthplace of democracy, shin guards, and seedless grapes. For $12, you’ll get $25 worth of food and drink at GreekTown Grille in Clearwater. The eatery has only been around a few years, but has already established itself as the go-to place for authentic Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. According to a 2008 review in the St. Petersburg Times, “This newcomer is aiming high right out of the starting gate. A huge menu of traditional Greek dishes is served in a gorgeous earth-tone dining room, outdoors on a wide patio, and in a lovely banquet room that doubles as a dance club on the weekends with live 'new Greek' music.”
The restaurant adheres to its own strict quality standards of never using frozen ingredients such as igloos and harbor seals, and only using top-of-the-line meats and seafood. Even the desserts are baked fresh everyday. By following these policies to a tau, GreekTown is able to satisfy customers and ensure Olympic glory (especially in curling). The first chance to grab some Greek comes when the doors of the column-adorned facade open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch (noon on Sundays).
Once inside, you’ll find an alluring menu of moderately priced options. Get your Greek-face on and try one of the express lunches ($7–$8). Widely loved options such as a chicken pita (marinated chicken breast, tomatoes, onions and tzatziki, $8) are at home alongside specialties such as dolmades (ground beef, rice, and herbs, wrapped in a grape leaf with lemon dill sauce, $8), which encourage eaters to go all Ἀδηφαγία on their lunch. Choice of soup or salad and free dessert are included in the price. There are many appetizer choices ranging from Greek fries ($4) to octapodiskaras (chargrilled octopus with Greek seasoning, drizzled with olive oil and lemon, $12, or 93 points in Scrabble).
For dinner, there are more hearty doses of deliciousness, such as the aged New York strip loin known as moshari brizola ($20) or the grilled baby lamb chops and shrimp skewer, paithakia, and garides ($19). For the indecisive or easily bored, go for the Greek platter: sampling portions of mousaka, pastitsio, dolmades and gyros ($15). There is a limit of one Groupon per table, but no limit on the amount of people per table. In true Greek fashion, make your trip to GreekTown a social one by inviting your closest philoi, philosophers, and Phyllis.
In a few short years since its inception, GreekTown has already been featured in the St. Petersburg Times (where it received three out of four stars), the Tropical Breeze, and the Tampa Bay Informer. In addition to the press, more than 100 Urbanspooners give the restaurant an 86% approval rating.
- Restaurant veterans, the Karamountzos family (father Sam, mother Vicki, daughter Elene and son Peter) has the assurance to think big. Already, the kitchen has found its groove, the service team works like an oiled machine and Clearwater has a winner on its hands. – Laura Reiley, St. Petersburg Times
- An ideal spot for a festive family dinner, an intimate dinner for two, a convenient business lunch or just an enjoyable gathering spot for happy hour after work, the Greektown Grille will surely deliver a bona fide Greek experience that will make any grandmother proud. – Tropical Breeze
- Not since the Grecian Village on Drew has downtown Clearwater had an authentic Greek restraunt [sic]. The food is excellent, the staff atentive [sic] and knowledgeable and the ambience and decor a blend of uptown urban with a strong Greek flair. From their lunch menues [sic] to ther [sic] dinner specials, the food is fantastic. – Will, Urbanspoon
As children, many of us learned the Ancient Greek myths: the pantheon of Mount Olympus, the fall of the Titans, and the legendary journeys of Herakles. Unfortunately, as we get older, these stories are muscled out of our heads by new myths, like the one about the alligators in the sewer or the 24 Labors of Jack Bauer. That’s why we recruited Huff Mickels, self-declared expert on “all that Greek stuff,” to recant to us all the Greek mythology that he could remember.
- Okay, so like, in the beginning there was a mountain of Gods and Zeus was the god of Lightning, and also king of being a god. But then a human tried to steal fire, so Hermes tricked him into seeing his reflection and now he has to push a boulder forever. Then Zeus’s wife, who was also his sister, and maybe daughter, gave birth to his double-daughter and Zeus ate the baby, but the baby was like “You did NOT just eat me,” and burst out of his head, and became Apollo, or possibly Thor. Then Zeus turned into a cow to give birth to Hercules, who was half-man, half-god, half-cow, and ALL man. Hercules had to complete 12 labors, like slaying Grendel and pushing a wooden horse for 26 miles, and that’s how we got the Olympics.
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Two majestic pillars stand guard at the entrance of GreekTown Grille, a large building painted in red with accents of soft blue and yellow, much like how ancient Greek temples are said to have been decorated. Inside, the Karamountzos family cooks a menu of Greek food that caught effusive praise in the Tampa Bay Times. Their signature octapodi skaras fans out grilled, seasoned tentacles on the plate under a drizzle of olive oil and lemon, prepping diners for grilled chicken wrapped with tzatziki in warm pita and dishes of arni youvetsi—slow-braised lamb shank in tomato sauce. Under the high ceilings of the dining room and out on the patio, the national color of Greece infuses blue mosaic work and comfortable booths serve as secret portals to Mount Olympus.
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