What if (without a passport and some vacation time) you could experience a little piece of Greece right in the heart of Gahanna Ohio?
That’s what I discovered when I visited Mykonos Taverna with two friends last week. Tucked into a storefront at 1307 Stoneridge Drive (at the southwest corner of Hamilton and Morse Roads), Mykonos delivers all the flavors of its namesake island, a 33 square mile slice of paradise which is part of the Greek Cyclades. Nicknamed The Island of the Winds, Mykonos the island draws many tourists and is known for its club scene—and the food.
Mykonos Taverna Gahanna offers a delicious array of culinary inspiration straight from the homeland. We started with an appetizer of “Beets & Skordalia,” a garlic, mashed potato dip concoction made with olive oil and more garlic. It is served with warm pita bread. Oh. My. Heaven. (Truthfully, it was tempting to scarf down the entire plate.)
I ordered the Greek Salad with grilled chicken, served with homemade dressing (thinking I’d save room for some luscious dessert from the on-site bakery). Delicious. One of my friends ordered the Lamb Kebob Pita—marinated lamb strips grilled with banana peppers, onions and red + green pepper mix, then topped with the house dressing. My other friend selected a pizza, topped with Greek Olives and other amazing flavors. Our waiter (one of the owners?) entertained us with his humor and fun cultural facts (“Did you know the Greeks invented pizza?!”) which left me flashing back to scenes from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.”
The décor is both charming and a tad kitschy, but oh-so-fun. All that was missing was a (real) view of the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
The dinner menu is even more expansive than the lunch menu and (as if the amazing food and fun setting weren’t enough), Mykonos Taverna features live Greek music and a belly dancing show every Friday and Saturday. (Yes. You read that correctly.)
There was just one thing that I’m still trying to reconcile about my visit to Mykonos: the Chocolate Raspberry Baklava. Those three little words have haunted me over the past week because, for some reason that seems completely and totally irrational now, I passed on that luscious dessert at the end of my visit. (What was I THINKING??!!!) Needless to say, I’ll be going back soon.
Next time you’re longing for something different, make your way to Gahanna’s Mykonos Taverna for a culinary adventure that will leave your taste buds singing and your belly dancing. (Seriously.)
Mykonos Taverna. 614-472-0211. 1307 Stoneridge Drive Gahanna, OH 43230.
Mon-Thurs: 11 am – 9 pm/ Fri-Sat: 11 am – 10 pm/ Closed Sundays
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~Post by Mary Szymkowiak, Communications Manager, Gahanna Convention and Visitors Bureau. To learn more about Gahanna’s many great restaurants, pubs, shopping and attractions, check out VisitGahanna.com