Have you ever eaten a meal that brought tears to your eyes?
This food was cooked with love, like a mother cooking for her family.
My meal was prepared with passion.
Zorba’s owner Nicholas Chionakis said food is all about love, both eating, and preparing.
I don’t often say, “This is the best meal I’ve ever had,” unless I’m mentioning my mom’s baked beans, but, with all apologies to my mom, this was the best meal I’ve ever had.
“What are you fixing?” I asked upon arriving.
“Everything!” Nick replied with open arms as if I had just been adopted into his. “Sit! You eat!”
So, I sat.
If you want to reprise the best meal I’ve ever had and make it your own best meal you’ve ever head, order a little bit of everything the next time you eat there.
Zorba’s is a pleasant surprise, a gem hidden among the many fine local eateries in Aiken. You can find Zorba’s at 510 Silver Bluff Road in Aiken.
Not far from anyone.
Any time you don’t feel like cooking, hand over the spatula to Nick, Georgia and the staff at Zorba’s. They will feed you right.
If you’ve never tried Greek cuisine, you have to try their classic gyro first. The gyro came as a pleasant surprise as I’d completely forgot the gyro was a Greek dish.
Their gyro is a sandwich that sneaks up on you. It’s a unique and new taste not easily found in the South. The seasoned beef and lamb, the lettuce, tomatoes, onion and tzatziki sauce folded into a lightly steamed pita flatbread, and served with their special hand cut French fries.
Their Greek platter provides a sampling of all things Greek when it comes to food. That’s next.
Their House Special pizza – if it’s you eating tonight, or the whole gang, go with the personal size, or get the large. When you order a large pizza from Zorba’s it’s a real, live large pizza.
Zorba’s can also throw together a little Italian style cooking, such as their lasagna. Italy is located right across the pond, and their lasagna goes down easy. For a Greek spin on chicken and rice, their Mykonos style chicken will taste like you’ve never eaten grilled chicken and rice before. Not like this.
Grilled chicken, bell peppers, laid over a bed of rice, topped with three kinds of cheese.
Cheese is like bacon, you can’t go wrong with cheese.
For dessert, be sure to save room for the bakalava. It satisfies the sweet tooth.
Bakalava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey.
Zorba’s customers are loyal. They come back when they want a good meal.
And I’m a Zorba’s customer.
Zorba’s is open Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Nick is offering a little something extra for his customers, as if Zorba’s best meal in the world isn’t enough. Purchase any large pizza and get 50 percent off any appetizer.