A Blast from the Past – Greektown, Detroit

IMG_2203There isn’t much left there as I remember it, however it still facilitated me getting a blast from the past in Greektown, Detroit. In my younger days, I can remember the after hours dining at our favorite stops in Greektown and was surprised to hear they are still open for customers until 3:00 AM on weekends! These days, 3:00 AM is closer to my waking hour, than when I go to sleep:)


They say there are only 3 officially Greek restaurants remaining in Detroit’s Greektown. We held a family gathering for lunch at Pegasus Taverna and it still had all of the charm and authenticity of a full-fledged Greek restaurant. It was lively and crowded, which was a delight to see. 



The item on top of my list to re-visit was the Saganaki; Flaming Greek Kasseri Cheese. It is set afire with brandy which helps give it a unique taste and toasts the outside to a wonderful sear. You can eat it alone or as I prefer it, pulled and picked up with some fresh made pita bread. So delicious!

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Next on my list was a Klassiki Salata-Classic Greek Salad.  Simple but clearly authentic served with a vinaigrette that is purely Greek. Garnished with the necessary accouterments of peperoncini, tomato, beets, olives, cucumbers, red onion and a nice chunk of Greek feta cheese.



It was difficult to decide on a main entree as there are many favorites that I would have liked to re-visit. However, I decided that lamb chops were probably my most cherished item on the menu so I ordered the Spesialite Pegasou (Pegasus special).  


IMG_2221Two lamb chops and three broiled shrimp served with spanakotiropeta, rice and vegetables. The Spanakotiropeta is their traditional spinach-feta pie made with fresh leaf spinach, imported Feta cheese and spices in thin, delicate layers of filo. The lamb chops were cooked to perfection, done exactly the way I like them. The spinach pie was delicate and delicious. The rice and vegetables, not so appealing visually and just average.

Here are some photos of other items our table ordered:



Gyros, Pastitsio and Chicken Lemonato. Everyone was pleased with their selection and the food was plentiful. Several of us were able to share meals as they were quite large. It was a true representation of days gone by and I enjoyed the whole experience. Pegasus Taverna was a good choice!




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