Forget about the setting. When we arrived at this this casual storefront restaurant, located next to railroad tracks, there was nothing to attract us except a recommendation from a friend. However, this BYO Greek restaurant turned out to be a hidden gem that would have made Zorba the Greek proud. The food makes it worth a visit.
When seated pita bread with a red-pepper hummus was placed on the table. Apps were impressive. Artichoke hearts were grilled and presented with a lemon sauce; tender grilled octopus topped with swirls of balsamic dressing was one of the best renditions of this dish we have had in a long time; and crisp Greek sausage with red peppers and onions burst with juices in our mouths. Our entrees came with a choice of salad or lemon chicken soup, and we ordered one of each. Go with the refreshing salad of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and onions sprinkled with feta cheese. Entrees were a special and generous portion of moist, grilled red snapper and sides of vegetables (spinach, red and yellow peppers, eggplant and zucchini). Eggplant with a fresh tomato and garlic sauce was better than we have had at many Italian restaurants. Grilled baby lamb chops with lemon potatoes and spinach were tender and perfectly cooked.
Our waitress was really surprised that we wanted dessert because we ate so much. The baklava was a favorite. Rice pudding was too sweet for us and the walnut cake dry. Custard pie was creamy.
Angelo’s offers large portions, gentle prices, knowledgeable and friendly staff and delicious food. Be forewarned that specials were recited without the prices and silverware was not replaced. Would we return? Absolutely. Open daily from 11 AM.
Angelo’s Greek Taverna
245 Maywood Ave
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