What You'll Get
Even with their sights set on eternal glory, the well-grieved 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'll get $30 worth of authentic Greek fare at Mykonos Taverna in Gahanna. Mykonos's seasoned chefs combine olive oil, fresh vegetables, herbs, wine, fish, thunderbolts from Olympus, and yogurt to make classic Greek cookery that will leave you longing for the islands of the Aegean. This Groupon is good after 4 p.m. for dinner dining, dining-in only.
Mykonos's menu is "one of the more varied Mediterranean ones around," according to the Columbus Dispatch. Choose from traditional Greek dishes such as a hot dolmades appetizer ($5.95), a traditional gyro plate ($11.50), moussaka ($10.50 for a half portion), and chicken souvlaki ($14.95)—or try vegetarian spanakopita ($10.95) Mykonos-style. Perfectly seasoned Greek lamb is Mykonos's specialty. The Lamb Youvetsi ($19.95) is "a lust fest of unctuous, juicy meat - about three meals' worth," according to Columbus Live, and the lentil soup ($3.95 for a cup) is "top-notch, tomato-based, comforting, hearty, and chunky." Mykonos also serves eight types of pita sandwiches and more than 10 desserts, including baklava cheesecake ($5.95) and galactoboureko ($3.95).
Stop by Mykonos Taverna on the last Saturday of every month for Greek Night; you might see a belly-dancing show that's much more enjoyable than watching those self-declared belly dancers at the bus depot. Mykonos's simply arranged interior mixes Mediterranean colors with Greek motifs in a warmly lit, unpretentious setting—making it an ideal place to meet with your muse and sing to her of the man Odysseus, never at a loss. As Homer put it most succinctly in Book 19 of the Iliad:
οὐ γὰρ ἀνὴρ πρόπαν ἦμαρ ἐς ἠέλιον καταδύντα
ἄκμηνος σίτοιο δυνήσεται ἄντα μάχεσθαι.
- Mykonos is one of the few Greek restaurants to offer an appetizer of octopus strips, lightly grilled and seasoned with olive oil and lemon juice. The flavor is well-developed, and the texture is chewy, not rubbery. – Jon Christensen, Columbus Dispatch
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 12, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. May buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per table, 2 for tables of 5 or more. Not valid with other offers. Valid for dine-in after 4 p.m. only. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Mykonos Taverna
Painted with numbers and flanked by windows with blue shutters, the doors that line the interior of Mykonos Taverna resemble a charming view that one might stumble upon while visiting the restaurant’s eponymous Greek island. Owner and chef Christos Poulias wanted to give his guests an authentic experience, so he designed the interior of his restaurant to resemble an actual street in Mykonos. The effort to re-create the atmosphere of the island was so earnest that most of the decorations were packed up and, with Poseidon’s consent, shipped over from Mykonos itself.
The decor is not the only thing imported from Greece; a trunk of ancient family recipes made its way into Mykonos Taverna’s kitchen, and the chefs promptly revamped each dish to suit the restaurant’s modern, upscale feel. Among these are chicken souvlaki, gyros, spanakopita, and a recipe for lamb shanks directly from Athens. On Friday and Saturday nights, professional belly dancers complete the experience as they swivel their torsos, pop their hips left and right, and flash their legs through skirts made of warm pita.