Spanakopita "Spinach Pie" at Mykonos Café in Charlottesville, VAIt’s curious that the only reason I knew Mykonos Cafe existed was from walking past it from time to time. Regardless of their advertising shortcomings, the Greek-born owners know how to make tasty Greek food. This is not a restaurant with any conspicuously trendy leanings towards organic or local food, and the chefs certainly have no formal training in texture, contrast, or artful arrangement. However, I’d like to imagine that if I had a Greek family, this is exactly the food they would make for me. Just don’t tell Michael Pollan.

The spanakopita “spinach pie” was crispy, flavorful, and huge, while my gyro – if you know the “right” way to pronounce this, round of drinks on me – was well seasoned and deeply satisfying. Not usually a fan, I quite enjoyed their feta-laden Greek salad, and I may have accidentally chewed on my own fingers after handling the fried zucchini. If dipped in Mykonos’ tzatziki sauce, the table or an iron bar would taste delicious. The falafel was enjoyable but not memorable, only moderate flavor. Personally the baklava here wasn’t my favorite. It was overly syrupy and not very nutty. (Baklava nuts are the best, think Slap-Chop guy, “you’ll love my nuts!”)

The atmosphere of Mykonos Cafe is decidedly old school diner. The cheap and homey furnishings, waitresses that call you ‘honey’ if they like you, and even the menu bloated with cheap American foods – hot dogs, corned beef and coleslaw? Stick with the Greek food, please – all feel cozy and honest despite being anti-chic.

Jed says: “I haven’t tried this yet but good reviews are coming in all over town. It’s also worth noting that these are the owners of the infamous White Spot on the Corner.”

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thumb_up 16 iconPros: Cheap and tasty Greek food with big servings, cozy atmosphere.

thumb_down 16 iconCons: Unrefined and poorly sourced.

money_dollar 16 iconPrice: $6 appetizer, $5 sandwich, $10 dinner platter

car famfam 16 iconParking: Tons in Seminole Square

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