Sunday, October 31, 2010

George’s Greek Cafe (Long Beach - Belmont Shore)

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I've enjoyed  Lunch, Happy Hour and Dinner on more than a few occasions at George's. I've dined at this restaurant as well as the George's on Pine.  I have always found the food to be consistent at both locations and generally speaking, this review applies to both locations.      

Pros:  Happy Hour - You get more bang for your buck if you come
           during happy hour.  Prices are low as it is during normal
           business hours, but they get even better as prices dip even
           further during happy hour.  Take advantage of it and treat
           yourself to 1/2 off on all dips, 1/2 off on their amazing [4 piece]
           Lamb Chops & 1/2 off on 4 piece appetizers.

           Food - Their LAMB CHOPS are scrumptious.  Not gamey at all
           and full of flavor.  You definitely taste the oregano and lemon
           they are marinated in.  This dish is my favorite here.  I like all of
           their dips, but my favorites are the SCORDALIA &
           TARAMOSALATA with the latter of the two, being made with
           caviar.  Both of these dips are made with a base of mashed
           potatoes, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil.  Honorable
           mentions go to the Tzantziki, Melintzanosalata (eggplant dip)
           and the Spicy (Chipotle) Feta Dip.  The FALAFEL is great and
           this is coming to you from someone that is not a
           vegetarian/vegan.  The KEFTETHES are juicy and spiced
           well.  Simply put, it reminds me of good down home cooking  I
           can go on and on...but these are just a few of my  personal
           favorites.  Oh, almost forgot! SAGANAKI!  Get this!  Fried
           Greek Cheese, flambed with Brandy (OPA!!), mixed with
           Olives and a squirt of lemon and served with pita.  Awesome!

            Service  - Typically attentive and especially warm when
            George is around.  My wait time has never been longer than 30
            minutes and more times then not, I'm shown to my table
            immediately.

            Parking - Money for the meters in the lot behind the restaurant
            are required from 10-7pm.  A half dozen quarters are usually
            sufficient.  After 7pm, it's free.

Indifferences:

            Beer - Only bottled at this location and the selection is limited
            and on the light side.  The George's on Pine has a wider
            assortment of brews and a few on tap.

            Rice and Steamed veggies -  They're not bad, they just pale in
            comparison to the rest of the food they offer.  Sometimes,
            the veggies accompanying my food is overcooked but that just
            adds to the "hominess" of the meal.  Perhaps, Greeks prefer
            their veggies NOT to be cooked al dente.  I respect that.

I was a little bummed out when I was no longer able to save some coin by purchasing $25 gift certificates from restaurant.com for $2.  That aside, I still enjoy dining here.  I've been here a total of 6-7 times and I'll continue being a loyal customer. 



Greek Beer – Keo.



Combo Dip – Tzantziki (Greek Yogurt, Olive Oil, Fresh Garlic, Dried Mint, Cucumber), Scordalia (Mashed Potato, Fresh Garlic, Lemon Juice, Olive Oil), Taramosalata (Red Caviar, Olive Oil, Fresh Garlic, Onion, Mashed Potato), Humus (Garbanzo Beans, Fresh Garlic, Tahini Sesame Paste, Olive Oil and Lemon Juice) & Melintzanosalata (Baked Eggplant blended with Fresh Garlic, Lemon Juice).



Falafel – Deep Fried Mashed Garbanzo Beans & Spices. Served with Tzantziki Sauce, Rice, Steamed Veggies & Pita.


 
Keftethes – Traditional Deep Fried Greek Meatballs made from Ground Beef, Grated Potato, Minced Onion, Egg, Bread Crumbs & Spices. Served with Tzantziki Sauce, Rice, Steamed Veggies & Pita.
 
 

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