While I’m not Greek, I’m a lucky gal married to a Greek, and love all things Greek, especially Greek food. It’s an annual tradition for us to celebrate my birthday with a classic Greek meal of grilled lamb chops with baklava for dessert. Ah, the sweet taste of satisfaction when I bite into a juicy, medium-rare lamb chop spritzed with lemon – simply delicious.
For special occasions, my favorite Greek Restaurant in Silicon Valley is Evvia Estiatorio in Palo Alto, followed by my second choice, Dio Deka in Los Gatos. During the year, we most often eat at Opa! in Los Altos and Santa Clara where dogs are welcome on the patio. For quick, casual lunches, the Greek Spot in Sunnyvale, and Mikonos Grill in Milpitas are our go-to places.
Below are a few photos of my scrumptious birthday dinners last year and the year before. Yum. I’m getting hungry looking at them.
Arnisia Paidakia – A half order of rib-cut, mesquite-grilled lamb chops with olive oil lemon roasted potatoes.
Baklava – Traditional baklava drizzled with honey syrup served with vanilla ice cream.
Opa! Authentic Greek Cuisine
Paidakia/Lamb Chops – Premium, freshly cut Thomas Farms Australian lamb chops smothered in fresh herbs & drenched in a lemon juice vinaigrette with a side of grilled mizithra corn.
Baklava – Layers of phyllo dough, walnuts, cinnamon, sugar, & Greek honey.
Links to our favorite Greek Food eateries in Silicon Valley:
Fine Dining: Evvia Estiatorio in Palo Alto, Dio Deka in Los Gatos & Nemea Greek Taverna in downtown San Jose
Casual: Opa! multiple locations, Greek Spot in Sunnyvale, Agape Grill in Sunnyvale, & Mikonos Grill in Milpitas
13 thoughts on “The Sweet Taste of Satisfaction”
I’ll have the lamb, please! I used to make baklava, but it’s way too sweet for me now…”
I couldn’t agree more!
Oh, it all looks delicious. I grew up living next to my Syrian grandmother and surrounded by her children. The best food ever.
There’s nothing better than a grandmother’s traditional foods. Have you eaten at Golden Irene’s Greek Restaurant in East Windsor? Years ago, when the older generation ran the restaurant, the Pork Souvlaki was phenomenal. I haven’t been there in a long time, so can’t speak for how good it is these days.
We have never been there. We keep thinking about it.
Yum! Need to find a good Greek restaurant in Raleigh!
I’m sure you’ll find a good one!
My only exposure to Greek food is Bavlava. Love it!
Baklava’s so delicious! I like mine with a little vanilla ice cream. 🙂