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Jul 29, 2008 06:20 AM

taverna cretekou in old town alexandria?

do they have a buffet lunch? it is not on their website, and my recent email inquiry was bounced back because their message limit was exceeded.

how is it as a greek restaurant?

we went to athena pallas, and thought it was pretty good. how does this place compare? the little patio looks inviting -- esp. when the weather gets cooler.

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  1. Last time we went (about 2 months ago) they definitely had a buffet.

    Patio is wonderful. Food is pretty good -- nothing too fancy, but definitely tasty, rarely crowded. We *love* the olive oil infused with...something (garlic and cilantro maybe?) that is served with the bread. We could live on that alone!

    1. not sure about buffet but the food is really and and the patio is quite nice.

      1. Oh my, what a blast from the past! I left NoVA 30 years ago, but prior to that had many enjoyable meals at this place. Don't know what it's like now, but back then it was the best Greek restaurant I'd ever eaten at in the States.

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        1. re: pikawicca

          It's still very family owned and operated. Like others have said, the patio in back is just gorgeous. I'm not a Greek food expert, but I think the food is quite good, if simple.
          In fact, I'll probably go as soon as we get a cool evening!

        2. I slightly prefer Vaso's Kitchen, but Taverna has some tasty Greek standards. You can't go wrong with any lamb dish. Simple, unpretentious, good.

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          1. re: monkeyrotica

            I can tell you...30 years it go, it was probably the best greek place in town. However, the cooking has been a disappointment for a while now. It's fun on a Thursday night when they have their live music but that's about all. If you are looking for good Greek, try Cava in Gaithersburg, MD, Greek Taverna in Mclean and, most recently, Taverna Kefi in Wheaton, MD - all excellent in my book. Haven't tried Vaso's yet but have heard good things.

          2. They have a buffet lunch on Sunday. Perhaps even Saturday too. I would call and ask to confirm.

            I haven't been in a few years. The buffet is OK. I think of it as Mediterranean comfort food. Among the items are chicken on skewers, lemon rice soup, beef carving station, and other assorted things I can't quite name right now.