Gardens of Salonica
New Greek Cafe and Deli
Tues - Thu : 11am - 9am
Fri - Sat : 11am - 10pm
Sun - Mon : closed
The Gardens closes for all major holidays
19 Fifth St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
tel (612) 378 - 0611
What tastes a cross between al dente asparagus and a brined green olives? Could be Fiddleheads, the tightly rolled expression of a baby Ostrich fern out of riverbank loam. When lightly blanched in salt water and sauteed with garlic, ramps and seasonings, topped with salty kefalograviera cheese, they create a rumpus on the palate. Chimeral and ephemeral, these fronds have about a three week engagement and then they're gone.
Yes, Spring is in the air....at least in Mexico...
Celebrate with us! Tonight, March 25 from 6 until 9 or so until the 'Kefi" runs its course! The Greek Dancers of Minnesota will join us again to regal us with four suites of dances in authentic and antique costumes from the regions which inspired them. Your dining experience will be enhanced by the foods of those same regions: The Aegean Islands, Thessaly/Epiros, Thraki/Macedonia, Crete. The wine will flow! Limited seating 50. $30/pp. up to 18 walk-ins allowed. Want to learn to dance? We will show you and you'll be all set for your next Big Fat Greek Wedding!
In the Spring the spirit waxes and POETRY blossoms! Poetry is our theme for the seventh Symposia. A Series and our guest presenter will be Mary Jo Thompson, a career public grade school teacher who, for over two decades has allowed her other passion to blossom. Her poems have been published, or will be, in multiple journals such as: the Beloit Poetry, Journal, Indiana Review, Carolina Quarterly, Great River Review, Minnesota Poetry Calendar, Poetry Motel, North Coast Review, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review and Minnesota Monthly.
A wonderful, full event. The Gardens of Salonica would like to thank the Greek Dancers of Minnesota, Niki Stavrou, Singer, of Victor's 1959 Cafe, and iDream TV for their generous contributions that made this an exceptionally wonderful event.
Do wop was playing and we all wore name tags and we had to write what decade in which we became friends! One guest was from the 40's. Imagine! And forty four friends of Kathleen gathered for a leisurely Sunday get-to-gether with apps starting at 4 and dinner buffet served at 6. Lots of good conversation among all the "ages" of friends and then Connie, who has been cutting Kathleen's hair for just over half of Kathleen's life, brought out the "Birthday Surprise." Na ta ekatostiseis, Ekaterina! (May you live to be a 100!)
When Larry and Karen decided to celebrate his 50th Birthday at the Gardens--the "neighborhood go-to" when they were newly weds, we didn't know what we were in for! In any case over a dozen musicians showed up with a LOT of gear and the place jammed and Larry, more than any one else. While guests were treated to huge trays of Boughatsas, Gyros meat and saganaki, Larry and his band played all-out for their enjoyment.
In over twenty years of business we have never had to consider removing Mousakas and it popular, over-achiever off-shoot, Veggie Mousakas, from the menu. After last months killer freeze in Mexico, however, the landscape was forever changed. Eggplant cannot be found for even less than double the standard price and if so, not in good condition. So when we found the four remaining cases at the Co-op Partners Warehouse we were in a quandary: should we prepare the two most popular dishes, Melitzana and Mousakas, until the eggplant ran out or should we eliminate one in preference for the other?
Baby Laz surveys his Kingdom from his rocky perch...what a winsome boy, that one.
First batch of the season! May we suggest seasoned artichoke leaves to dip into your combo plates? Known since antiquity to be an aphrodisiac, artichokes make everything taste better. Use the leaves like a scoop to enjoy with your dips and sauces. Scrape the tender meat off the end of the leaf with your teeth to add even more flavor! When artichokes aren't available we are happy to provide whole romaine lettuce leaves--these can be sliced broadly and used like wraps, or use the rigid ribs to scoop and add texture to your palate!