DINING: Say (flaming) cheese

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
Dining - A&E

Yes, I know. The theme for this month is newer ethnic restaurants. But the fact that the venerable Fountain Square institution Santorini Greek Kitchen reopened just months after what could have been a throw-in-the-tzaziki-and-retire fire is, for me, a strong reason to stretch the definition of “newer.”

Besides, who among us could resist an excuse to once again dine at the city’s most venerated Greek restaurant?

Dining Latest flame: For attention-getting table service, you can’t beat Santorini’s signature Saganaki. (IBJ Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

We were in a grazing mood, so we started with the Combination of Three appetizer ($17), electing for Hummus, Feta Cheese and the signature flaming Saganaki. The traditional ground chickpea dip was served with wonderfully warm pita wedges, the feta accented with just enough olive oil and oregano, and the attention-getting Saganaki scooped up nicely once the flames were vanquished.

We also dug into the Chef’s Special Combination ($20), anchored with sizable portions of Moussaka and Pastitsio (the latter similar to the former, only without the eggplant). It also included Gyro meat—tasty, but better when served in a pita as an entrée ($13), Spanakopita and Tiropita (the first has spinach in addition to the cheese and phyllo dough), dolamades (delicious grape-leaf-wrapped ground beef and rice), and lightly crispy, flavor-packed tomato balls.

On the vegetarian front, there are plenty of flavor variations in the Athenian Salad ($8.75). And while it’s difficult to resist traditional Lentil or Avgolemeno (egg lemon soup), a dining companion was thrilled to have opted for the less-familiar, steamy and creamy Garlic Mushroom Soup ($4/$5).

There were some concerns in my party about the belly dancer roaming the room. Now, for some, such a dancer is a core part of the Greek dining experience. For others, it’s just awkward. I’m thankful to say that Santorini’s hip-shaker seemed to have a strong sense of which tables welcomed her and which were best to avoid.•


Third in our month-long series of reviews of newer ethnic eateries.


Post a comment to this story

We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
Subscribe to IBJ