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Taverna Cretekou

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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In greece, it is customary to go to a mezedopolion & drink ouzo or wine & select a number of favorite small dishes. Ouzeri mezedes originated in antiquity & reveal the very social nature of modern greeks.
We at taverna cretekou encourage you to enjoy the greek lifestyle.
Taramosalata Traditional
A taverna cretekou specialty. Imported red caviar, olive oil & lemon whipped to a light mousse.
Melitzanosalata Smirni
A soft mousse of eggplant, fresh garlic, olive oil, lemon juice & herbs.
Tzatziki Crete
A‎ refreshing blend of homemade yogurt, cucumber & garlic.
Fava in Season
Fava beans mixed w/ olive oil & lemon. Served w/ onions.
Dolmadakia Smirni
Grape leaves filled w/ rice, scallions & dill. Marinated in olive oil
Imam Baildi Smirni
Baby eggplant stuffed w/ tomatoes & onions, pine nuts & raisins.
Kastoria Agria Manitaria
Wild mushrooms sautéed in garlic & parsley.
Manitaria Psyloriti Crete
A taverna cretekou specialty. Broiled mushroom stuffed w/ feta, spinach & herbs.
Traditional greek chicken soup w/ frothy egg & lemon.
Anamikti Salata
Mixed salad w/ country greens w/ feta & house dressing.
Elliniki Salata
Mixed‎ baby greens w/ greek olives, feta, tomatoes, cucumbers & anchovies. Dressed w/ olive oil, vinegar & herbs.
Patzari Salata
Beets, mixed greens, ftea, & walnuts in a balsanic vinarette dressing.
Kotopoulo Salata
Grilled chicken on a bed of organic country baby greens w/ beets.
Traditional greek country salad of tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, green peppers, capers, black olives & feta. Seasoned w/ olive oil & herbs.
Kalamari Salata
Squid served on mixed baby greens.
Grilled shrimp w/ mixed baby greens in a light lemon dressing.
Taverna Cretekou Special
A combination of traditional greek dishes including moussaka, pastitsio, dolmades, soudsoukakia & spanakopita
Smirni Soudsoukakia
Grounded‎ beef morsels in a Mediterranean sauce w/ cumin.
Pastitsio Traditional
Baked ground sirloin & ziti pasta. Topped w/ parmesan cheese & bechamel sauce.
Traditional Spanakotiropites
Filo filled w/ spinach & feta cheese & baked to a golden crust.
Tiropita Andros
Our chef's special recipe. Manouri, feta & kefalograviera cheese wrapped in puff pastry & filo.
Moussaka Crete
Layers‎ of ground sirloin, eggplant & zucchini. Topped w/ bechamel sauce.
Dolmades Avgolemono Traditional
Rolled grape leaves filled w/ ground sirloin, rice & mint. Finished in avgolemono sauce.
Souvlaki Kotopoulo
Pita stuffed w/ chunks of broiled chicken breast, tomatoes, onions, greens, tzatziki & herbs.
Kotopoulo Sandwich
Boiled chicken breast on pita. Served w/ salad.
Souvlaki Arni
Pita stuffed w/ chunks of lamb, tomatoes, onions, greens, tzatziki & herbs.
Arni Psito Sandwich
Roast leg of lamb thinly sliced over pita. Topped w/ lamb sauce. Served open face w/ white bean salad.
Pita w/ ground roasted lamb, beef, tomatoes, onions, greens, tzatziki & herbs.
Pita Pitsa
Baked pita topped w/ fresh tomato, feta, black olives & oregano.
Pita Me Lahanika
Grilled seasonal vegetables & feta cheese & black olive over pita.
Omeleta Tis Imeras
Chef's select omelette of the day.
Vegetables Tis Imeras
Ask you waiter for today’s selection.
Kotopoulo Me Damaskina Andros
Our chef's very special recipe. Chicken breast marinated in dry sherry, lemon juice & fresh spices. Layered w/ stuffing of finely chopped prunes, mango, papaya, thyme, nutmeg & peppercorns.
Kotopoulo Kebab Traditional
Breast‎ of chicken marinated & broiled on a skewer w/ vegetables.
Kotopoulo Lemonato Kos
Chicken slowly baked. Basted w/ olive oil, lemon juice & fine herbs.
Crete Exohikon
Specialty of taverna. Small morsels of lamb baked w/ three cheeses, artichoke, peas, carrots, onions & pine nuts. Wrapped in filo.
Arni Psito Traditional
Roasted leg of lamb seasoned w/ oregano & garlic.
Arni Shishkebab Traditional
Lamb marinated w/ lemon, olive oil, garlic & oregano. Broiled on a skewer w/ tomatoes, onions & peppers.
Arnaki Kikladitiko Cyclades
Specialty‎ of taverna. Braised lamb w/ black olives, red wine, fresh & sun-dried tomatoes.
Arni Youvetsi Traditional
Braised shank of lamb served greek style w/ orzo.
Arni Kapama Traditional
Braised shank of lamb w/ fresh string beans in a light tomatoes sauce.
Kalamarakia Tiganita Traditional
Tender squid gently fried. Served w/ wedge of lemon.
Glossa Aegeou Aegean
Flounder stuffed w/ spinach, feta & pine nuts. Served in light wine & lemon sauce.
Psari Skaras
Fresh fish of the day. Broiled & seasoned w/ olive oil, lemon & oregano.
Greek "apple fritters," filo pastry stuffed w/ apple slices. Served hot.
Freshly ground walnuts flavored w/ lemon essence & honey. Layered in filo pastry.
Crème Caramel
Homemade light custard.
A‎ light semolina custard pastry topped w/ filo
Our‎ special recipe of rice pudding.
Homemade Yogurt
Topped w/ honey & walnuts.
Verikoka Aphrodite
Aphrodite's apricots poached in a white wine & orange zest sauce w/ honey, walnuts, & yogurt.
Crema Lemoniou Me Stafili Glyko
Lemon cream flan topped w/ grape preserves
$8 - $35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Mediterranean, Greek
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a wonderful time there, the staff is really good and the food is even better. Each dish had excellent flavors, we will go back soon!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank N4509UValexandreb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our table of four had quite a time deciding what to order, so we all tried different items, from the calamari to beet salad to spanakopita to lemon-sauced lamb shanks and veggies. All were outstanding! The servers are very knowledgeable on all facets of the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Sarasota_Gal
Reviewed December 2, 2018 via mobile

The octopus was fantastic. Olive oil with bread was to died. Shrimp with the cheese was delicious. Will definitely come back. Decorations was very pretty

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Pepe A
Reviewed October 31, 2018 via mobile

While we were having breakfast in a restaurant we asked our waitress if she had any suggestions for a nice birthday dinner to celebrate our sons 22nd. We were in town from Mi. for the CUR REU Symposium where he was presenting his Chemistry Research....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank ksmith72
Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

This place appeared to be family owned and there was a strong desire to help and provide superb customer service. The server provided recommendations when asked and they were spot on! The food was very authentic and tasted like I was actually visiting Greece. If...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank terryc791
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

Everything is FalANTASTIC! The owners Chris & Denise are always there to welcome you. They treat every guest like family. My favorites are: Grilled Shrimp with Feta cheese, lamp chops, gyro, and especially their fresh every day Branzini. You will never be disappointed. They also...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank GrandTour809395
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Lovely atmosphere for seating both inside and out. The service was excellent and the wine and food recommendations by the waiter were appreciated.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank northstar36
Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

Each time we dine at Taverna Cretekou, whether inside or on the patio, the aromas, the light music and the happy waitstaff make it fun! Niko recommends with honesty and my grilled lamb chops were superb! Appetizers abound and we have never had room for...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank osmanj1482
Reviewed September 24, 2018

Came here once years ago. Not a fan now. The eggplant appetizer was a large version of a caponata and it was delicious. My spanakopita was greasy but good. I just couldn't get over the mushy vegetables (BLEH!). Husbands lamb chunk "gyro" (it has another...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank gabrielsmom
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

The ambiance in the restaurant was. Ice and service was attentive. Our group had the prawns, lamb kabob, chicken and spanakopita. The portions for the lamb and prawns were average and the sides were 2 pieces of broccoli, and 3 carrots with a small portion...More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Response from JBClark | Reviewed this property |
They do, but it is a Greek place so lamb is the word. There are plenty of good steak places, this isn't one of them.
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Response from virginiarn2017 | Reviewed this property |
Metered street parking with a 2-hour limit may be found, but we prefer to use the parking garage 3/4 block north on Alfred St. between King and Cameron. Less than a 2-minute walk from the restaurant. Enjoy! It's a... More
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