Before they could invent democracy, wrestle naked, and teach uptight Brits how to live life to the fullest, ancient Greeks first had to clear the countryside of roving herds of giant olives—and thus Greek cooking was born. Treat yourself to some traditional taverna tastes with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of Hellenic cuisine and drinks at Kokoras Greek Grill in West Seattle.
Kokoras’s menu lets you kick off your tongue’s tour of the Greek islands in five-alarm style with an “Opa!”-inducing plate of saganaki (flaming Greek cheese with pita, $9.50). Non-pyromaniac diners will prefer the youvarlakia (poached pork meatballs, $4.50) and traditional dolmadakia (a pair of stuffed grape leaves, $3) instead. As part of its 12 Labors, help your Herculean stomach slay the hunger hydra with a traditional gyro ($8) or a hefty souvlaki dinner platter (lamb, beef tenders, chicken breast, or pork marinated and grilled, with salad, pita, and Greek fries or rice pilaf; $18.50). Vegetarians can likewise fill up for a night of circle dancing and plate smashing with a falafel dinner platter ($15) and a vegetarian sandwich (grilled eggplant, red peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms, with olive tapenade and optional feta cheese; $10). Bookend your Olympian repast with pita bread ($2) slathered in tzatziki or taramasalata ($1 each) and finish up with a cup of Greek coffee ($3) and the dessert of the day ($3.50–$5.50).
Kokoras (meaning “rooster,” hence the roosters adorning every wall and shelf) is open for dinner daily. With less than 10 tables in the restaurant, diners are graced with the intimate setting of a cozy Greek taverna without all the rowdy centaur customers. One Groupon can be used per table, so treat what few Argonauts survived your last odyssey to a night of Aegean aedibles at Kokoras Grill.
Kokoras Greek Grill was nominated for Best Mediterranean by CityVoters in 2009. More than 300 Urbanspooners give the restaurant an impressive 95% approval rating, nine Citysearchers award it five perfect stars, and Yelpers give it four stars:
- This is an amazing restaurant. The best gyros ever. Huge portions…Last time we went, my boyfriend had the calamari appetizer; says it was the best he's had in a long time. – Rachel, Urbanspoon
- Seriously the best, freshest Greek food I've ever had. My friend used to cook me authentic Greek food and I thought I would never get that anywhere else. But this place matched it. It was delicious and the service was excellent and so friendly. – Kimi11, Citysearch
- Their food is so authentic and consistantly [sic] great. Great family atmosphere. You're always made to feel welcome there. – Sonny W., CityVoter
6400 1/2 California Ave SW
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