For our second spot, we decided to go to Elía Authentic Greek Taverna. This was really exciting for me because I have been waiting with much anticipation for this restaurant to open. The owners, or the three amigos (treis filoi in Greek) as I like to call them, were once my comrades and therefore I am so proud of them for giving their blood, sweat, and tears to open a restaurant they can call their own.
I’ll start off by saying the food was amazing! There were no heavy sauces to cover up their food. Olive oil, lemon, and salt were on most everything, leaving the true ingredients of the dish to represent itself.
Some of my favorites included:
Calamari – So tender, lightly coated with batter and perfectly seasoned that it’s served with only a lemon wedge. You wouldn’t want to cover up the flavors of this dish with a sauce.
Pantzaria – Red and golden beets served ontop of dandilion and topped with their homemade scordalia dip(potato puree, garlic, olive oil and salt). A combination of earthy and sweet and the fresh garlic blend beautifully together. I’m drooling thinking about it!
Garidomakaronada (I can’t pronounce this)- Jumbo shrimp served over spaghetti noodles in a light tomato sauce, sautéed onions and sprinkled with feta cheese. As simple as it sounds, it’s bursting with flavor.
Roasted feta – Unique to Elía, a tasty warm dish to share with friends as you begin your dinner. A spicy oven baked block of feta cheese is served over two slices of tomato and jalepenos and is presented on a hot skillet.
I couldn’t stop thinking about the food so a few days after filming, I came back for dinner. Mostly because I was craving the food, but as well because I needed to share this experience with my family. It was everything you’d expect from a Greek restaurant. Everyone was laughing, chatting, having a good time, so even though there are only about 10 tables in the restaurant, It didn’t feel stiff or awkward.
Elía is a great addition to our local restaurant scene bringing back comfortable and down-to-earth restaurants. A place where you can enjoy a high quality meal, with middle of the road prices, and with out feeling like you have to wear fancy clothes to get a good meal.
For more info, visit their website at https://www.elialv.com/
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