From the outside you will certainly get the wrong impression of this place. It's in a very small strip mall (3 stores I think) with a gas station on the corner of it. The signage for the BBQ place next door dominates the place, so the Mediterranean Bistro kind of gets lost in it all - until you walk inside. This is a customer centric family business that is run with great care. The décor is simple but welcoming, the place is well kept and clean, the family is warm and friendly, and the food... the food is authentic and exceptional. My confidence was inspired!
When we walked in we were greeted by a young woman who showed us to a table and took our drink order. From the very outset you get the feeling this experience is all about you. My wife and I are big fans of Greek food, and we seek out the local Greek gem no matter what city we're in. Of course, some gems shine brighter than others. I noticed that the menu didn't include those Greek string beans that are stewed in a tomato sauce and melt in your mouth. I asked our waitress if they served them here. She said that they stopped serving them, because few customers ordered them and for those meals that came with them, they were often left uneaten. When I told her they were one of my favorite Greek foods, she said that perhaps if I called in advance, they would have them for me. You have to love a place that is so accommodating.
We both ordered the Avgolemono Soup and a small Greek Salad. The soup was rich, thick and hearty - delicious. The salad was very typical and also very good. It is my preference to have what most Greek restaurants call the Village Salad which is made without lettuce, but with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, peppers, olives and Feta cheese. Unfortunately, it was not on the menu. This is a relatively new business, and I suspect that as they mature, the menu will get broader.
My wife ordered the Pastitsio - her favorite. Pasitsio is akin to Italian lasagna in that it is a pasta and meat dish that is layered, and like lasagna, this can be a very heavy meal - but that's where the similarity stops. When she began eating and her eyes rolled, I knew it was excellent. When I asked her to describe it to me, she said that where many restaurants are heavy handed with the herbs and spices (mint, cinnamon and nutmeg), this was more delicate in it's preparation. Also, it somehow seemed lighter than what she's used to - a definite plus. Because Pastitsio is generally served in large portions, it is my wife's practice to cut it in half, eat half in the restaurant, and take half home for lunch. When her dish arrived, she did cut it in half, but she ate the whole thing in the restaurant... very unusual for her.
I ordered the Souvlaki Pita. The portion size was epic - it was bursting at the seams, and It was served to me piping hot. It was wrapped in a delicious pita that had been slathered with olive oil (I suspect) and toasted on the grill. The marinated pork simply melted in my mouth, the tomatoes onions and peppers were absolutely delicious, and it was anointed with the most delicious and unctuous tzaziki. As delicious as it was I could not finish it. My wife asked me to compare it to the best Souvlaki I've ever had. I couldn't do it, because that was the best I'd ever had.
We are on an extended vacation here in Myrtle Beach and we will be back to check out the other items on the menu. I just wish I could pack this place up and take it home with me. I'm going to miss it.
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