A Visit to Zorba’s Taverna

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Sophia Lieuw-Kie-Song is The Food Beat’s Kulinary Kidd. Sophia visits Delray Beach restaurants and shares their virtues through the eyes and tastes buds of a kid. A self proclaimed “foodie,” Sophia visits with the establishment’s owners, chefs, staff and customers to provide viewers with an insider’s look at local restaurants. In this installment, Sophia visits a new Greek restaurant in Delray Beach located at the corner of Linton Blvd. and Military Trail called “Zorba’s Taverna.” My mission as the Kulinary Kidd is to show that healthy and tasty choices for kids are available at Delray Beach restaurants and that eating out with our parents can be fun. Plus many times, our influence determines where our families go to eat. My most recent visit was to a newly opened Greek restaurant called “Zorba’s Taverna.” In my interview with owners Bill and Bobby, I came to find out the name of the restaurant comes from a famous movie called “Zorba the Greek” that starred Anthony Hopkins. Must be an old person thing because I have never heard of it before…but I’ll take their word for it. According to Bill, that movie put “Greek” on the map and the name let’s people know exactly what to expect from a dining perspective. For those of us under the age of 50, it simply means incredible Greek food! Bobby took me into Zorba’s kitchen where I got to carve strips of lamb and beef from the revolving spit, making what is known more commonly as Gyro. Before my visit, I was mispronouncing the name for this famous Greek food. I used to pronounce it “Ji-row.” Bobby made sure no Greek would ever laugh at me again by teaching me the correct pronunciation which is “ear-row.” This was a fun and tasty experience. My next cooking experience had me flipping the lamb chops that I would soon be eating. One of the things that makes Zorba’s so special is the lamb they purchase. Unlike many Greek establishments that use lamb from New Zealand, Zorba’s pays a little extra so they can serve their customers the very best domestic lamb raised in North Carolina. And I can tell you from my dining experience, it’s worth it! Zorba’s is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and serves wine and beer for old people 21 and over. They have a nice outdoor seating area and lots of room inside, and all the food is made fresh from long time Greek family recipes. The menu is loaded with Greek specialties and some items that you won’t find in many places. Of course, the famous “Saganaki” appetizer…a flaming cheese served with pita is amazing. The Gyro’s, Moussaka, Kebobs, and lamb are all sensational. And the homemade desserts are worth the trip. I sampled the Cheesecake Baklava, which is a house specialty that totally rocks. So why would kids want to eat here? Number one, it’s fun! Zorba’s is family owned and operated and they treat everyone like family. They have live music on the weekends, featuring a Bouzouki player. (That’s a special Greek guitar, not a weapon of mass destruction) Zorba’s has a menu just for kids, but the regular menu is loaded with things kids should try. And for those trying to eat healthier, Zorba’s offers up plenty of menu items to accommodate. For more about this great new restaurant, see the most recent episode of the Kulinary Kidd on TheFoodBeat.com. We eat, we dance the Sirtaki…we even break some plates and use the famous Greek saying “Opah!” with great frequency. Make sure you check out Zorba’s Taverna and tell Bill and Bobby the Kulinary Kidd sent you… You can see Sophia’s visit to Zorba’s Taverna and other episodes of the Kulinary Kidd at www.thefoodbeat.com.

Zorba’s Taverna 4801 Linton Blvd, Delray Beach www.eatzorbas.com 561.381.7411