For years, Tampa had one choice for good Greek food. No longer the case; today our choices range from a growing list of Greek restaurants in Tampa, each one of them distinctive for their menu and atmosphere while consistent in the quality and taste of their food. Known for diversity, Tampa foodies embraced Mediterranean cuisine giving us these five fabulous places to eat like a Greek in Tampa Bay:
Paninoteca – A downtown Tampa lunch-crowd favorite located at the corner of Franklin and Twiggs Street (519 N. Franklin) Paninoteca is a great place to meet friends or entertain clients. Offering good Greek food in a clean, comfortable environment. they are open from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Their menu includes daily specials with regular menu favorites like Kalamata Tapenade and Herbed Goat Cheese or Spanakopita with a side Greek salad. Sundays are special when Paninoteca offers 2 for 1 Sangria and $15 pitchers. Primarily soups, salads and sandwiches Paninoteca is both tasty and affordable.
GoGos Greek Grill – Found between Renellie and Trask St.east of Westshore Boulevard (4616 W Kennedy Blvd.) Gogos is truly a find! Fast food Greek with an emphasis on fresh salads, wraps, pitas and more. Their portions are large and their prices are great. Unique, Gogos allows you to build your Mediterranean meal with your favorites, be sure to try their spicy tzatziki for something different. They boast farm fresh food with no additives, preservatives or hormones making Gogos a good choices! Oh and, if you are planning a party give them a call, they cater!
Louis Pappas Market Café – An offshoot of the famous Louis Pappas restaurant in Tarpon Springs the Café offers traditional Greek food in a casual atmosphere. Quick and affordable you can pop in for counter service or order To-Go for curbside service. Favorites like the Chopped Greek Salad, authentic Greek Dolmades and Herb Rubbed Chicken round out a menu full of signature sandwiches, soups and desserts. With several locations in Tampa Bay, there is no excuse to miss the “Greek Treats from the Gods” at Louis Pappas Market Cafe.
Woody’s - An institution in South Tampa, Woody’s Famous Salads sold over a million Famous Greek Salads since opening in 1972. In their original location (1722 South Dale Mabry Ave.) they also provide gourmet sandwiches and homemade soups ranging from the unusual African Chicken and Peanuts to traditional Country Greek with Tomato and Feta. Open Monday through Friday from 10:00 to 6:00 they close at 4:00 on Saturdays. There is a reason they’ve lasted so long, check it out, you will be glad you did!
Acropolis Greek Taverna - Where you can Wine Down Wednesday or kick your week off with Martini Monday in a traditional sit-down restaurant enjoying great food and fun. Whether you prefer octopus, calamari, shrimp or Mahi Mahi the Acropolis’ full menu is available lunch and dinner. You can try a traditional Greek specialty like Patitsio or if you are watching your waistline, try the Grilled Red Whole Red Snapper Marinated in Rosemary, Garlic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Fresh Lemons. Check out one of four locations found in Ybor City, New Tampa, Riverview and Central Avenue in St. Pete to feel transported while enjoying traditional Greek dances, napkin throwing, breaking plates, belly dancing and live entertainment. Acropolis has two happy hours including a late night happy hour beginning at 9 p.m. Champagne Brunch is available weekends in St. Pete. From 11-3:00 p.m. for $25. The Acropolis is an experience in dining and fun!