The Greek Joint
This a post that is over-due, about a month over-due. During Memorial Day weekend I wanted to go to the Hollywood Boardwalk after seeing post on Facebook of my friends having fun at the boardwalk. My family and I are not really the beach type(sand and sun) kind of people; however, we do like to find new places to dine and to walk around so we headed over to Hollywood, Florida.
Hollywood, Florida is about an hour drive from my home in Miami and we wanted to get to the boardwalk in the morning but when you are parents to teenage boys, it seems like they never want to get up early, which didn’t happen on this Monday morning. We finally left Miami around 10:00 a.m. but when we arrived to the Hollywood Beach area parking was a nightmare. We circled the area several times looking for public parking which was none, the only parking available that we found was at a cash price of $35.00 for the day. Hey, we only wanted to be there a couple of hours at the most, as long as it would take us to have a yummy lunch. Well, that never happened. We decided to leave the beach and come back another day, maybe it was crowded because it was a holiday and everyone hits the beach.
We headed back to downtown Hollywood which we had passed on our way to the beach, it looked like a nice strip of restaurants almost like a downscale of Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, no comparison here.
A restaurant with a bright blue canopy called my attention and it so happened to be a Greek restaurant by the name of The Greek Joint so Greek food it was. Being that it was a very nice day out we chose to sit in the patio which happens to be in front of the restaurant with a covered canopy with a view of the traffic. It was nice don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed it.
The very attentive waitress came over and gave us the menu and took our drink order. Everything on the menu sounded delicious and one item that called my attention was on the side order menu, Lemon potatoes, I am a lemon lover, I will eat anything that has lemon or lime in it, on it, you get my point.
We started our lunch with the Dip Platter which brings a combination of Humus, Tirokafteri and Tzatziki served with pita, very good. I recommend ordering a couple of these, as the portions are small either that or my family are big eaters.
My son chose The Greek Joint’s gyro pita with thin seasoned fries and a Greek salad. The portion was big.
Both my husband and I wanted something healthy and chose the Blackened fish sandwich which was delicious but my favorite was my side order of LEMON POTATOES, OMG! I dislike using this exclamation but trust me, these potatoes were amazing. In fact, they were so good that last week, I decided to try to make them at home, please don’t ask how they came out.
We could not leave a Greek restaurant without have the traditional Greek dessert and that is the Baklava. Their Baklava was delicious, the whipped cream tasted home-made, the portion was big, as a matter of fact big enough for my son, husband and me. I could do with a little less pecans but overall I would definitely order it again.
As I was writing this post and searching for words to write, I had an idea and that was to invite my friend Abby who lives in the Hollywood area for lunch or dinner at The Greek Joint.
I definitely recommend this restaurant if you are in the mood for Greek food. I like the casual atmosphere and the delicious food. Price was a little on the high but well worth it.