Found! Greek in Morris County - moved from Mid-atlantic board
I've been complaining for years about the lack of a Greek restaurant in Morris County. Last week a co-worker gave me a review of the Plaka Taverna. I was in the area last night and gave it a try. Let's get the negatives out of the way first. It is in a very unattractive strip mall with quite a few closed stores. The place appears to be a converted diner. It has the requisite murals of Greece on the walls and it is lit by way too many fluorescent lights. That's the bad news. The menu is a bit more interesting than your average Greek place and the prices are reasonable. It's a BYO. I had the grilled octopus to start. Perfectly grilled. Crisp outside, soft and warm inside served with a simple olive oil, vinegar and parsley dressing. Followed by lamb and orzo described in the newspaper review. It was good, even if the lamb was a tad tough. The waitress told me she had the same dish with chicken and that it was very good. I should have heeded her advice. No room for dessert, but was offered a home-made cookie. Delicious. I'll be going back.
I've been back twice since my original post, and each time have not been disappointed. I went with friends on NYE. We got the cold appetizer sampler - taramosalata, melitzanosalata, hummus, and tzatziki. That would have been enough for the three of us. We also ordered fried calamari with the cinammon scented greek tomato sauce and the plaka chips - batter fried zucchini and eggplant chips - these were a little bland, I thought. Our entrees were lamb chops - 5 nicely grilled chops served with lemon potatoes - the chicken giouvetsi that I mentioned in the original post and spanakopita as a main course. Everything was quite good. Somehow we had room to eat a big piece of galaktaboureko that was delicious. On my third visit I tried the keftedakia - greek meatballs - they were a little over-cooked, but tasty and the moussaka, that was very nice. My dining companion chose the lavraki - Mediterranean Sea Bass, grilled and fileted, served with a little olive oil and lemon. That was truly the essence of Mediterranean cooking. No room for dessert this time.
10 dollars for a cheeseburger is 'reasonable?'
I can forgive a shoddy location and questionable decor, but I don't think I can see past charging $10 for a cheeseburger. Even if it's 3/4 lb. and piled high with feta, I'm still not seeing it. Not for Randolph. Not with the kind of food values they have at Cinnamon and Minado just down the street.
I am a tight fisted glutton, mind you, so take this with a grain of salt ;)