Tired of the same old burgers and fries, grilled cheese sandwiches and tuna melts? Pelagos Cafe can take care of the lunchtime doldrums.
Dawdle if you like — excellent Aris beer is available as well as several Greek wines such as light, fruity Mirassou chardonnay — or hurry up and order. The setting is pleasant, with cloud blue walls, graceful arches and colorful artwork. Tables are dressed with crisp white and marine blue linens.
While the list of lunch options isn't enormous, there is good variety, mostly along Mediterranean lines.
Go for the meze or the hors d'oeuvre platter. At Pelagos, diners get to feast on an interesting medley of dolmades, tangy feta cheese, a zesty olive salad, boiled eggs and roasted peppers. It's a fun dish to share.
The restaurant also offers a wide array of sides, in either small or large portions. The hummus is excellent. Save room for dessert as the chef does a stunning job with the decadent block of baklava ($4).
The many layers of phyllo pastry are drenched in butter, the amount of spaces and nuts is perfect and the whole thing is saturated with honey. Oh, it's achingly sweet – and worth every calorie.
Not too hungry, stop by for baklava and a cup of gourmet coffee. Selections range from Greek and Turkish blends to Irish cream and white chocolate.
Note: Nightly dinner specials are a good way to test the waters in the p.m. Prices range from $14 for roast pork (Thursdays) to $18 for Friday evening's paella, a seafood medley featuring shrimp, mussels, scallops and chicken in a saffron stock with tomatoes, rice and peas.