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My sister and I meet up every year in Orlando in July to exchange birthday gifts since our birthdays are only a few days apart (8 years & a few days) and we usually try to find a play or something to do.  This year, she chose “The Little Red Riding Hood Show” at the Shakespeare theater.  Yeah, it was a kid’s show and we were probably the only ones there without kids, but it was still pretty funny.  The kids in the audience were hilarious.

Before the show, we ate lunch at the Greek Corner on Orange Ave.  It was a quaint little restaurant that had a nice patio as well as seating inside.  It was too hot to be outside today, so we chose the dining room. 

My sister asked if they had sweet tea and our waiter said they didn’t, but he could make her some.  I don’t find it often that a waiter will go through the trouble of making something special, but he did and she said the tea was good.

We started off with the spinach artichoke dip.

This was a very unique take on this dish.  Any place else I’ve had it, it’s usually chunky, but this was completely smooth as if it had been through the blender.  It had a lemon-garlic taste to it more than spinach artichoke.  It was tasty and the pita bread that came with it was fresh and yummy.

We both ordered gyros, mine with rice and hers with a Greek salad.

The rice was bland, but the gyro was very flavorful.  The tzatziki sauce was creamy and garlicy, but not overwhelming.  There was a lot of meat on the pita, so much so, that I was only able to eat half of it.  My sister ended up taking the salad home since it was just too much food.   Total bill was about $30.  Based on all the other plates I saw served, I don’t think anyone leaves here hungry.

Greek Corner
1600 N Orange Ave
Orlando, FL
(407) 228-0303

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  • Filed under: Greek, Orlando
  • Went to the movies this morning and saw “Knight and Day”.  It was entertaining, better than “Killers”.  We were out of there around noon and headed up Hillsborough to find some lunch.  We ended up at the Garden Grille Cafe.

    We’d eaten here once before but neither of us could remember much about it.   Loren got the grilled chicken and Greek salad.

    He liked it.  The chicken was tender, the Greek dressing was tasty, and the pitas were fresh.  What else could you ask for?

    I ordered a gyro with a side of potato salad.

    This was also very good.  The tzatziki sauce was pretty mild, but I like it when it’s not overwhelmingly garlicy.  The potato salad had a nice flavor to it too.   I didn’t think of this as a Greek restaurant, but both of our Greek dishes were pretty good.  Another $20 lunch and we both left with happy tasty buds and full stomachs.

    Garden Grille Cafe
    8425 Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL

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  • Filed under: American, Greek
  • We went to see the movie “Killers” this morning (not great), and decided to just drive up US 19 until we found a restaurant for lunch.  We didn’t have to drive far before we saw a sign for the Marathon Grille in Palm Harbor.

    The restaurant is at the end of a shopping plaza in the back away from the highway.  We never knew it was there and just drove around the parking lot until we found it. 

    Loren ordered the Panini Italiano with fries.

    He said it was like an Italian Cuban sandwich.  Good flavorful meats on a lightly pressed roll. 

    I ordered a gyro with potato salad.

    This was a really good gyro.  Very fresh and the tzatziki sauce was flavorful without being overwhelming.  Too many have so much garlic that it’s all you taste.  This sauce complemented the meat and didn’t steal the show.

    As for dessert, how could I pass up a chocolate mousse cake?

    This was yummy.  It was covered with a chocolate shell and inside were moist layers of cake and chocolate mousse.  Total lunch was $20 and it was way better than the movie.

    Marathon Grille
    33675 US Highway 19N
    Palm Harbor, FL

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  • Filed under: Greek, Palm Harbor
  • What used to be the Happy Greek in Palm Harbor is now Little Greek.  We asked the guy at the counter why they weren’t happy anymore and he said well, the economy’s rough right now.  He then went on to explain that they didn’t own the Happy Greek name and they’re part of the Little Greek franchise.

    Today was a gyro day for both of us, one chicken and one with gyro meat.

    I also got a side of potato salad.  It was typical gyro fare.  Nothing out of the ordinary.  The tzatziki sauce had me tasting garlic the whole rest of the day though. 

    I saw this is the dessert case and had to have one.

    It was chocolate sponge cake with layers of chocolate mouse and some chocolate sprinkles.  It was pretty good.  Not a deep down rich chocolate, but rather a lighter, fluffier chocolate dessert.   Total lunch was $20.

    Little Greek
    320 East Lake Road
    Palm Harbor, FL

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  • Filed under: Greek, Palm Harbor
  • I’ve been wanting Greek food for a while now and we finally decided to try the Acropol Inn Restaurant over on Sunset Point Rd in Clearwater.  There were a bunch of cars in the parking lot, so that’s usually a good sign.

    We started off with some Greek salads.

    They were a rather simple Greek salad, just some lettuce, tomato, onions, Feta and a dollop of potato salad on the bottom.  The homemade dressing was pretty good though.  They bring the bottle of dressing to the table so you can have as much or as little as you want. 

    They also bring you a large basket of bread.

    It was very fresh and soft, but would have been better if it had been warm.  We decided to try their gyro appetizer.

    There was a lot of gyro meat on the plate along with some garlicy tzatziki sauce.  It was really tasty gyro meat.  We ended up bringing half of it home.

    Loren got the souvlaki platter with veggies and rice.

    He said the pork was tasty, but not tender.  It definitely hadn’t been marinated for very long.  The red sauce on the rice tasted like tomato soup and the veggies were water logged. 

    I saw pastitio on the menu and had to have it.

    It was a huge portion, half of it came home with me too.  It was good, but it had the same red sauce as Loren’s rice and tasted like tomato soup.  You could definitely taste the nutmeg in the meat.   Not the best I’ve ever had, but it satisfied my craving.  It also came with the same water logged veggies.

    This wouldn’t be my first choice for Greek food, but for $26 we definitely got a lot of food.

    Acropol Inn Restaurant
    2552 Sunset Point Rd
    Clearwater, FL
    (727) 796-2879

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  • Filed under: Clearwater, Greek