628 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Cost range: 10.01-20.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
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Loud and crowded and why not? Tourists who squeeze in among the locals get a true taste of Greek in anything grilled in lemon and oregano along the Sponge Docks. Andy Salivaras has been in Tarpon a long time, having opened Mykonos in 1991. It’s been one of the anchor restaurants on the main drag since, with a prime location and a just-fancy-enough interior to appeal to date-nighters and families alike.
All the greatest hits are in evidence (tender lamb shank, flaming saganaki, sauteed octopus), but head for one of the lesser-known Greek dishes like youvetsi, a homey individual casserole of lamb baked with pasta. Meals often end with complimentary apples with honey and cinnamon.