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Greek Food in Tampa??

steakman55 Nov 16, 2006 12:40 AM

Any great Greek food in Tampa...apart from driving to Tarpon Springs?? Thanks

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    rshally Nov 16, 2006 03:20 AM

    Acropolis in Ybor City - awesome and lively!

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      jclarkperry Jul 27, 2009 05:46 PM

      I second the rec for Acropolis in Ybor City. It is incredible. I love Greek food and spent a summer there 2 years ago. This is the best Greek food I have had since. They make a traditional greek salad (no lettuce) called "horatika" or something like that and its just as good as in Greece. Their whipped feta spread for bread is to die for. I am only in town to take the Florida bar and am lucky enough to have a hotel walking distance from this place. I am definitely stopping by here next time I come back.

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        TampaAurora Jul 27, 2009 07:19 PM

        Acropolis has a branch in New Tampa on Bruce B Downs, in the same shopping center as Louis Pappas Market and Cafe which I enjoyed more since they don't have the hipster vibe or the crowds that Acropolis has (it also doesn't have the belly dancing.)

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          Lpflaum Sep 9, 2009 10:49 PM

          I third this. Flaming cheese is great as is the greek meatball (which is not actually a meatball at all) and the Pastisio (sp?). Its also very reasonably priced

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          Miss E Jul 27, 2009 08:36 PM

          We liked Acropolis a lot, too, I definitely recommend it. I have heard good things about a take-out joint on Kennedy near Westshore called GoGo's (a fast food mini-chain, perhaps?), but haven't been myself.

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            andy huse Jul 27, 2009 08:53 PM

            the drive to Tarpon Springs is worth it in my eyes, but the Acropolis in Tampa was surprisingly good. a really good value, too.

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              Manderley Nov 13, 2009 09:23 PM

              i was going to say the same thing about Tarpon. :)

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                andy huse Oct 1, 2010 01:58 PM

                i must amend this after a recent lunch at Acropolis. Chicken shwarma wrap was on soft, spongy pita that had more akin to wonder bread than pita, and was so overloaded with bland yogurt sauce i just ate the filling and left the pita. For $6 with no sides, itr was thin on filling with more tomato by volume than chicken. Entrees are over $10, a steep hike form a couple years ago. I suspect the New Tampa location, where i dined this time, is marked up extra for the desperate suburbanites. The prices, which don't appear to change between meals, would be more fair for dinner, but it isn't worth it for lunch. Besides, the shawarma at Byblos is far superior.

                I'm not syaing that all of the food at Acropolis is bad, but the pita is a joke, as is the lemon-chicken soup, which is more like an overly thick doctored cream of chicken with lemon added.

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                TampaNativeThatLovesNYC Jul 28, 2009 05:18 AM

                Acropolis has a cool atmosphere, their flaming cheese is really good. I've been eating at Gogo's for lunch lately, not bad at all, definatly not traditional Greek food but worth a try for lunch! Their potato salad is good.

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                  harryo Sep 4, 2009 08:18 AM

                  Gogos Greek Grill is Greek food simplified. Think of Chipotles but for Greek food. I've eaten there and it tastes great, especially their gyros and greek salads. Definitely Greek but they take some interesting chances too. Generous portions too.

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                    tampa eater Sep 10, 2009 06:37 AM

                    I agree with the generous portion sizes for Gogos, but i would not say they are a great greek food place. Definitely Chipolte for Greek, but with that comes only being decent not great food sometimes even being bland. Chipotle compared to true mexican does not compare.

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                      askdrtodd Nov 13, 2009 10:59 AM

                      I was deeply disappointed in GoGo's I'd eat at Pappas in a heartbeat before I'd eat there again.

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                        harryo Mar 4, 2013 03:49 AM

                        Try their spicier sauces like spicy tzatziki or honey jalapeño! Again, not traditional but they're not trying to be "Mom's Greek Cooking". As for the whole potato salad thing? That's "traditional" in Tampa people!!! Not in Greece:)

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                    jmj1803 Nov 13, 2009 09:52 AM

                    I have to say Acropolis, as well. My fiance and I live close to the Ybor location so it's one of our standard eats. We went to Tarpon Springs a few weeks ago and ate at Mykonos . At the end of the day, I can't say that the food was worth the drive. The moussaka and pastitsio fell a bit short of those at Acropolis, but we did have a very simple baked lamb and orzo dish that was quite satisfying.

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                    Mykonos
                    628 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

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                      rhnault Nov 13, 2009 11:14 AM

                      If you go to Mykonos again try their tiramisu/baklava. It comes in a parfait cup and is tiramisu filling layered between baklava and white chocolate.

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                      Mykonos Restaurant
                      1201 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145

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                        Manderley Nov 13, 2009 09:25 PM

                        i've always heard people rave about mykonos, it's supposedly the place where the locals go; the tourists go to hellas. but honestly, i tried mykonos and i was not impressed. i've never had anything i haven't loved at hellas. so it makes me no better than a "tourist", eh, i've been called worse!

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                          rhnault Nov 14, 2009 05:54 AM

                          I usually go to Costa's and have the octopus and the whole snapper. Mykonos for dessert. I think Hellas is good as well. It is so pretty too. I think most of the places are pretty close as far as food quality.

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                          Hellas Restaurant
                          785 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

                          Mykonos Restaurant
                          1201 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145

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                        andy huse Nov 13, 2009 11:53 AM

                        if you can bear Lebanese instead of Greek, most of the dishes are the same or similar. Sahara/Sami's bakery is not fancy, but it sure is good.

                        1. sunshine842 Oct 2, 2010 12:36 AM

                          The Tampa Greek Festival (www.tampagreekfestival.com) is November 12-14 if you're lucky enough to be in town that weekend -- lots of Greek grandmas and aunties teaming up to provide the food for a fundraiser for St. John's Orthodox Church and their school. Yum, and not to be missed.

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                            flamale863 Mar 4, 2013 03:19 AM

                            I went to Tarpon Springs and ate at Hellas and it was just OK but the greek salad was very disappointing...The old pappas greek salad in Tarpon springs was a real event...I think that salad was the thing everybody talked about when they went to tarpon springs to eat...Although Pappas in Tarpon Springs in not what it used to be,the Louis pappas marketside cafe franchise restaurants(Tampa and Lakeland) DO have what I think is now the best greek Salad around..Its got all of the classic greek items(great potato salad underneath) and it comes two ways,regular salad cut or fine chopped...If you are taking out,Id get the regular chop because it holds up longer...The fine chop is my favorite but I only eat it there because it gets kinda soggy as a carry out...Try it...You will see what a greek salad is supposed to be..

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                              lowtone9 Mar 31, 2013 09:11 PM

                              There was a place in Tarpon springs, years ago, right on the river next to some of the drydocks, a little joint. They served a Greek Burger that was beef and lamb, covered with potato salad and a thick slice of salty feta.
                              I always wonderd what you would get if you asked for a Greek Burger in Athens.

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