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Friday, October 21, 2011

Get it to the Greek

I never liked Greek food. I had tried it a few times, at a few different restaurants, and then never went back. The food was bland, I didn’t love the spices and I never really saw what all the hype was about. Of course I never liked Greek food until I actually went to Greece, where for the first time I had the authentic awesomeness, I loved it then. LOVED IT!

When I got home I started looking for good Greek restaurants. We tried one and I was disappointed yet again. I theorized that maybe I just didn’t like Americanized Greek food. It was disappointing but I did not give up. Last night Mr. Rogue and I decided to try another Greek restaurant that a friend of mine recommended. Petros is located in Manhattan beach, in a trendy little center near the famous pier.

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PETROS IN MANHATTAN BEACH

We ended up choosing to sit on the patio, the lighting was fantastic, the mood was nice and even though the night was a little chilly the blazing heaters and the cozy curtains were drawn closed which kept us toasty warm and had the added benefit of giving it a really intimate mood. Let me start by saying I am not a big fan of different, or new when it comes to my food. Yes I travel often, yes I eat the food in those countries but mostly because I don’t have a choice. If given my way I would rather eat something tried and true, something I know I will like, rather than chance my night, my meal on a this sounds like it COULD be good. Could be good and food should never be in the same sentence.

We took our time with the menu, we were not in a rush and after selecting yummy pre-dinner drinks, Mr. Rogue a margarita and me a peach martini, Mr. Rogue picked the appetizer. He ended up picking a sampler of dipping sauces served with warm Greek Flatbread. It came, we sampled and I fell in love... THIS, exactly this taste is what I was looking for, dipping taste extraordinaire fit for Greek Gods!

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FETA CHEESE & HABANERO PEPPER, AUTHENTIC TAZTZIKI, ROASTED RED PEPPER & OLIVE, EGGPLANT & WALNUT, 4 GREEK CHEESE & HERB BLEND

After our appetizer we ordered our wines and then turned our eye to selecting the main course. My taste buds were singing with joy I was excited to try something outrageous. In the end we both decided to pick the house speciality. Feta Crusted Colorado Rack of Lamb with tomato olive jus is their signature dish and OH BOY it was the best lamb I have ever had. It was mouth wateringly good and I will stop at nothing in order to perfect making this meal at home, it is SO going into my cookbook I am writing!

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FETA CRUSTED COLORADO RACK OF LAMB WITH TOMATO OLIVE JUS

After dinner we lazed around, selected another glass of wine and chatted while trying to figure out what desert to split. We narrowed it down to two baklava (always a classic) or mini handmade donuts with honey and ice cream. In the end we couldn’t decide... we ordered both.

The best meal I have had in a long time. Hands down.

P.S. now that we have found an amazing Greek restaurant Mr. Rogue is hopeful he can get me to try Indian – slow down, baby steps honey!

3 comments:

Jess said...

Now that's a good review :) I think Stewart and I should have skipped Chili!

paul peggy zeus said...

The rack of Lamb looks delicious, and no one knows how to cook it better than a Greek. I was able to try Lamb cooked by a Greek woman and it was to die for!! Go Greece Lightening!

lilmansworld said...

Oh my goodness that sounds amazing!!!!!Kevin and I need a stellar night like that! Can you fly in and Babysit? lol

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