Greek food, like many other cultural cuisines, is rooted in tradition with unique methods of cooking and serving and allows those who eat it a bit of a glimpse into a culture that may be unknown to them.
Even at OPA! of Greece in Aurora, which is considered more of a “fast food” establishment, much preparation goes into ensuring that the dishes are prepared as traditionally as possible so that whether you’re a first timer or are Greek yourself, you get the true Greek experience.
If you are new to Greek, then perhaps the names alone have you confused. There are of course pretty straightforward menu options like Greek and Caesar salads, but if you’re looking for something more exotic and traditional, you might consider souvlaki, spanakopita or baklava.
Souvlaki is a popular street food in Greece that’s often served on skewers that can easily be eaten while walking. This common dish consists of small pieces of grilled meat seasoned in traditional Greek spices. At OPA! of Greece, the meat is taken off the skewer for the souvlaki pita, then topped with veggies and cheese. Or you can eat if right off of the skewer, minus the pita, with a side salad.
Spinach and feta cheese stuffed phyllo is what makes up the savoury Greek dish, spanakopita. These triangular “pies” are fried until golden brown and are usually served as an appetizer. At OPA! of Greece you can enjoy spanakopita as your meal and complement it with a side of Greek or Caesar salad or rice pilaf and Greek potatoes.
For dessert, a popular Greek delicacy is baklava, which is a rich, sweet pastry made with phyllo. The flaky pastry is then filled with chopped nuts, usually walnuts and drizzled with syrup or honey – making it sticky and delicious.
Visit OPA! of Greece to enjoy many other traditional Greek dishes, closer to home in Aurora. Eat Fresh, Eat Greek, Eat OPA! of Greece.