Of the many joys of summer, we find that there is one in particular that reigns supreme. Is it hot dogs and baseball games you might ask? Not quite, although those two things together are beyond great. Outdoor and rooftop dining? Mmm, while we do love eating and drinking alfresco, that’s not exactly what we mean either. So, it must have something to do with farmer’s markets and the abundance of fresh produce, right? (Right?) Well, we might as well just come clean with it: although food is usually first in our heart and mind, as far as we’re concerned, the frivolous summer movie is one of unparalleled thrills of the season. That off our chest, it’s time for confession #2, which is that we saw Mamma Mia! last night and loved it. The music! The dancing! The breathtaking shots of the glittering Aegean sea! It was enough to make us want to burst into song as we left the theater.
Everything always ends up circling back to food for us though, and this morning, we found ourselves pondering that sparkling sea, and not just because of its beauty. No. We started pondering the wealth of seafood right below the surface, and how much we could go for Greek seafood tonight. Fortunately, there is no dearth of terrific Greek restaurants here in Philly, and our craving can be satisfied pretty easily.
• New BYOB Kanella has been getting raves right and left, and with good reason. The restaurant serves truly authentic Cypriot fare, and the owner is fastidious about quality and freshness. The fish changes daily, so it’s hard to point to a specific dish, but if the dorado is the fish of the day, it shouldn’t be missed. We haven’t had the chance to try it yet, but by all accounts, it’s grilled to perfection.
• Effie’s is a tried and true option for excellent Greek food in the city. If we were going tonight, we would ask to be seated in the patio garden, and order the armonia (sauteed shrimp, mussels, calamari in a spicy tomato sauce over pasta). The lack of a sea breeze, and definitely not the food, is what keeps us from feeling transported to the Greek Isles, instead of a garden in Philly.
• Lastly, we feel that no round-up of superlative Greek seafood joints would be complete without mention of the Dmitri’s on S 3rd. We tend to get evangelical about this place, both around people who have been (it’s a chorus of ringing endorsements), and those who haven’t (we fear we might get overly pushy). The fare is the picture of simplicity: grilled fish, octopus, shrimp, and so on, with very little by way of embellishments other than olive oil and lemon juice, but with food this good, there is no need for more.