Summer Souvlas at Drury Beer Garden

Drury_beer_garden_Logo Celebrate the first official day of summer with a Summer Souvla at Drury Beer Garden. On Saturday, June 21st and July 5th, Drury Beer Garden, behind Opa, will be celebrating grilled meat. Roasted goat will be served up on the 21st and roasted pig on the 5th. Drink specials, which will be announced the day of the roasts, will also be available too.

Drury Beer Garden [Foobooz]

Opa Celebrates Greek Independence Day


Opa is celebrating Greek Independence Day (we linked out to Encyclopedia Britannica because it was nice to see them at the top of our search results) today.

During Opa’s happy hour (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) there will be free bites at the bar. The Bekris cocktail, Metaxa (a brandy based liqueur is regarded as the spirit for the holiday in Greece), gin and bitters is available all day for $5.

A special four-course prixe fixe menu is available all day for $25. An optional $25 wine or spirits pairing is also being offered.

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Celebrate Opa’s Third Anniversary with $3 Food and Drink

Today is Opa’s third anniversary and the Greek restaurant is celebrating with a menu of $3 drinks and food. The menu is offered all day and night, at the bar and also at the tables.

Skewers, croquettes, Greekified fries and baklava make up some of the food options while all drafts, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale and a vodka cocktail are all available for just $3.

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Estia Greek Taverna Opening in Marlton


Estia Greek Taverna – Dining Room

The Pashalis family that owns Estia in Philadelphia is in expansion mode. Brothers Pete and Nick along with Pete’s brother-in-law, John Lois are bringing their take on Greek and Mediterranean cuisine to Marlton in early 2014. Estia Greek Taverna will replace the former Pietro’s (which they also own) at 140 W Route 70.

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Opa Hosts Greek Wine Dinner

Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 23rd Opa is hosting a wine dinner featuring Greek wines. The $45 per person dinner includes four courses, all accompanied by different wines. As you dine you’ll learn about the wines and varietals, some of which date back to Aristotle’s time.

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Where We’re Eating: Kanella, Still Compelling

34_Kanella_Emily Frances Olson

Kanella, the endearingly small, five-year-old Cyprian BYO sits at the corner of 10th and Spruce, containing wicker chairs, wooden tables, and exposed brick walls graced with copper cookware. Anything more would be a disservice to the chef. Food is the focus here, and there’s a certain nece­ssitarianism to Konstantinos Pitsillides’s coo­king—an effortless persuasion that this sort of cuisine should only be prepared by him, that there is exactly one way to compose each dish, and that Pitsillides is the only chef in the world doing it correctly. Soak your bread in the brightly spiced yogurt sauce that accompanies the lamb dumplings, and let his famed “katsiki” stew’s layers of flavor unwind for a lifetime. His food is convincing, his talent is compelling, and his restaurant is still worth a visit. Or a hundred.

1001 Spruce Street

Photo by Frances Olson

First appeared in the May, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

Bryn Mawr Lands Area’s First Pinkberry


The Philadelphia area’s first Pinkberry is slated to open this April in the Bryn Mawr Square Shopping Center. Pinkberry was a pioneer in the frozen yogurt craze and has 225 locations worldwide. The Main Line location will also be among the first in the nation to roll out Pinkberry’s new menu which includes Pinkberrygreek the chain’s non-frozen Greek yogurt.

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Opa Offering a Holiday Lunch Special


Besides being a day that brings out the worst in America, Black Friday is also a symbol for the kickoff of the holiday season. And, as always, with Black Friday, comes savings, bargains, and deals—and Sansom Street’s Opa is joining in.

Starting this Friday, Opa will be offering their Holiday Lunch Special: the Opa Signature Burger with house-cut oregano fries and a soft drink for only $5.95 (sales/gratuity not included). The special runs until January 1st, 2013 and it’s only available during lunch hours, Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Opa Restaurant [Official Site]

Bring in Fall with Opa, Mediterranean Style

Greek hotspot Opa is bringing in the fall with delicious new selections inspired by the recent trip to Greece by owner George Tsioursis. New menu items include Greek Flatbread topped with sausage, tahini and manouri crumble, and Lamb Stew with parsnips, eggplant, and oregano gnocchi. Newly promoted chef James Wells is leading the kitchen, so stop by and see what he’s cooking up.
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