Eating Out

Mykonos Taverna

2901 Clairmont Rd., Atlanta
404-638-6770; mykonostavernaatlanta.com
Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

 

Your family may never get the chance to visit Greece, but they can get a little taste of Greek food and culture at Mykonos Taverna in Atlanta.

The restaurant is becoming one of my family’s favorites. We first visited right after it opened in April 2009, and we keep going back for great-tasting food and a super-friendly family atmosphere.
What’s on the Menu: The restaurant’s list of Greek dishes is extensive, from appetizers such as Spanakopita (spinach pie with scallions, feta cheese and dill baked in phyllo dough) to entrees such as Moussaka (layers of eggplant, potatoes and ground beef topped with Bechamel cream). The gyros are authentic and excellent. The seafood entrees are tempting –
one is aptly named seafood ambrosia, a dish with shrimp, half lobster tail, scallops, mussels and Greek sausage tossed in spinach and plum tomatoes. Pace yourself, because the portions are huge. We’ve never left the restaurant without a take-home box with leftovers for the next day. When my extended family was in town recently, we ordered a Zorba Platter appetizer and had enough calamari, fried eggplant, fried zucchini, dolmades and spanakopita for six adults and four kids to sample. My favorite salad is Elliniki, a generous Greek salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, onions, green peppers, kalamata olives and feta cheese served and potatoes with Greek dressing. I always add gyro meat. After your entrée, put all calorie-counting thoughts aside, and indulge in dessert. All the home-made desserts are in a mouth-watering display case. My favorite Greek dessert is Baklava, but the restaurant also offers a large assortment of mile-high layer cakes. Plan to split a dessert, or be prepared to fill another take-home box.
Why Parents Will Like It: It feels like you’re all guests of an extended Greek family –
the staff is that warm and welcoming. The food is tasty and prices are moderate, with a reasonably priced wine list and full bar, and Greek coffee. You’ll find the usual for family-friendly places: high chairs, booster seats and crayons. Sign up for email offers, and you’ll be offered free appetizers from time to time and other discounts.
Why Kids Will Like It: They’ll have interesting new tastes to explore. Our young diners love the gyros, kabobs, chicken Florentine and just about everything else they’ve tried. If the kids want to stick to tried-and-true, the children’s menu offers grilled cheese, chicken tenders, pizza, spaghetti and burgers, accompanied by french fries and sodas or milk.

– Liz White