Spending the weekend afternoon at the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, FL absolutely means lunch at a Greek restaurant. It’s hard to narrow the choice even here with so many in one area, but we decided on Hellas Greek Restaurant.
The decor is total Greek with everything colored blue and white. Of all the restaurants on “sponge dock strip,” Hella’s was the busiest, which could only mean it was good.
TIP: Parking is tight in this tourist city you can save the $3-$5 dollars by parking in Hella’s rear parking lot. They waive the parking fee by eating there. That means you can splurge on another appetizer.
Service was friendly and our server treated us like one of the family. Our Saganaki appetizer ($8.95) was well worth the price. The ‘flaming cheese’ usually comes with a loud “Opaaa!”as it lights up and our server didn’t disappoint. Actually, we noticed all of the servers giving 100% with each order, which was cool (or rather it was flaming HOT).
While we couldn’t find the calamari on the appetizer menu, we zeroed in on the pita sandwiches. Jeff almost ordered a Greek Salad, but luckily I talked him into the Gyro ($7.95). Fries are $2 extra, but this portion is so big you really don’t need them. The gyro meat was piled high and spiced just right.
I chose the Pork Souvlaki ($7.95), which is marinated chunks of pork, char-grilled on a pita with yogurt sauce with onion and tomato. While the portion was slightly smaller as far as the meat, but the tender pork was really packed with flavor and we liked it was char grilled.
Hellas Greek Restaurant was a great choice and we plan to stop in again when in the area. The calamari dish one octopus is on our list for next time. Also next time we’ll save room for dessert at their bakery next door.
Hellas Greek Restaurant is located at 785 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689