We were driving through Deland in search of a gas station around dinner time. Santorini Greek Cuisine caught my attention near the old Opera House building hoping it was as wonderful as my trip to the caldera of the Greek Isles. We got a table right away in this storefront consisting of about a dozen tables, and were pleased at the speedy attention our waitress gave us. She read each special to us and gave the price. (Nice, that's the way it is supposed to be. Tell me how much the specials are. Already I knew this was going to be a good place) The menu was very hard for me to decide because everything sounded so authentic. I was eye-grazing my neighbor's meal only to see a very large portion of a lamb shank smothered with an herbal red sauce which certainly whet my appetite. On the opposite side of our table I could see a pastichio piled high and covered with bechamel sauce. I wanted everything, so I thought I would try a sampler of dolmades, spanakopita and a gyro of lamb and beef combo ($12) which came with soup/salad. My husband loves baby lamb chops and these were charbroiled ($4 ea. w/ a minimum of 3). The mousaka (dinner $11) also sounded good with layers of eggplant, potato, and meat sauce also baked in a bechamel sauce. There is even a vegetarian mousaka. Hummm, should I get the basa fish or the redfish? Not this time, because it is so authentic here, they serve it with the head and tail. All of the dinner entrees come with 2 slices of pita and a choice of rice, lemon roasted potato (my favorite) or a vegetable du jour. While we were still deciding, we felt something very hot and sizzling. It was the Saganaki, a flaming Greek cheese served with 4 slices of pita bread being served at the next table. Wow, what an entrance! I still wanted everything on this menu. We both decided on the gyro's and we were both very happy with them ($5.50). We really didn't need the extra tzatziki sauce for a dollar, but it was deliciously fresh. People, save room for dessert. We shared an order of baklava and we have to say it was THE BEST we have ever had. We ordered it with a cappucino. What a delightful experience. We will definitely be back here. The food was so fresh. We got great quality, and everything tasted delicious. No wonder why Yanni calls one of his best songs, "Santorini". It's wonderful music, and so is this restaurant.
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