So this is my first food blog/ restaurant review! We have some pretty great restaurants here in St.Louis, but I'm going to talk about my FAVORITE one, and our recent experience.
I'm a foodie and traveler, so I love all different cultures and their unique foods. My favorite though, hands down is Greek/Mediterranean. I'm so obsessed with all of the flavors and textures that it has to offer! Seriously perfection 😍
So we went to a place of my choice, for my husbands birthday. That's the way marriage works right? Kidding, the obsession is real for both of us, so he was just fine with my decision.
Momos Greek Tavern
630 North and South Rd, St. Louis, MO 63130
On weekends, this hot spot has belly dancers that put on a little show for the guest while they are enjoying their yummy Mediterranean cuisine. It really gets you into the Greek style. I'm not going to lie, being a female, anytime I make eye contact with one of them while I'm eating I become very uncomfortable. I'm just awkward at times so it's nothing against them, the guest really enjoy this.
The atmosphere is laid back, with very dim lighting, with hidden tables throughout the restaurants, if your looking for a more intimate visit. If your just going with friends and family, you sit in the comfy booths, and chairs provided with cushions! Very stylish, although I'm not very stylish myself, so you can form your own opinion on this one.
We started with some tapas. I'm going to copy and paste the definition of a "tapas" from urban dictionary: Tapas; an unfulfilling, miniscule, bite of a food that is as overpriced as it is unfulfilling. Involves foodstuffs that are halved and then halved and then halved about 10 more times, so that it can be 'shared'. Wrongly promoted as 'dinner' food, it should only ever be considered to be a overpriced 'snack' food. Only ever acceptable and done properly in Spain.
I am literally dying of laughter at this, the "tapas" selection at momos is delicious and very far fetched from this description. But thank you urban dictionary, now they get the big or "little" picture.
Tapas #1: Baked Goat Cheese
Holy wow, these flavors are AMAZING. We get this every time we go. The mixture of the tomatoes, marinara, spices, and goat cheese, blend perfectly together to create the perfect spread for some toasted bread. Tip: always order EXTRA bread with this because it's ginormous! Perfect for sharing, to get the party started. Sorry urban dictionary but this is anything but little.
Tapas #2: Saganaki
This flaming block of cheese, is seriously heavenly. They use kefalotiri cheese, after being fried, bring it to the table and catch it on fire 🔥 AKA (flambéed), and the flames are extinguished with a squeeze of fresh lemon 🍋 while yelling "OPA!" OPA is just a term of excitement, to get everyone in the restaurant to focus their eyes on you very awkwardly… well
For me at least 🤷🏻♀️. Another way to get the party started.
My meal: Grilled Beef Tenderloin
Served with garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed garlic spinach, topped with a red wine reduction and Feta. This is perfectly seared, and cooked per my preference of medium and topped with the sweet wine reduction which makes you keep coming back for more. The mixture of all these ingredients together are out of this world, and genius. As shown it also comes with a mini "salad", as I call it. It's made of spinach, tomatoes, olives, cucumber, and feta to "cleanse your palate". That's what I like to say at least… my husband thinks I'm crazy, but isn't that the point of a salad? I'm not going to get all technical, so whatever.
His meal: The traditional lamb Gyro
The Traditional lamb gyro. (It can't get more boring than this guys, haha just kidding!) This gyro is served open-faced on pita, with with iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, Kalamata olives, cucumbers and pepperoncini, topped with Feta. He orders this EVERY time we come here, because it doesn't get much better than this when you think of traditional Greek. So many flavors, textures, and deliciousness coming at you in every bite. Can't wrong when ordering this.
Last but not least, our awesome waitress Stephanie hooked us up with a delicious birthday dessert. Baklava, which is a rich, sweet dessert pastry made of layers of Phyllo dough filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey, also some caramel on top! This was so sweet and tasted awesome with the cut up fruit to compliment all of the flavors. Happy birthday to you!
If you live in St.Louis, Momos frequently does a groupon deal, $15.00 for $30.00. It's totally worth it, and you need to try this place if you haven't! Address listed at the top, and you will thank me later for the party in your mouth that this place will give you 🎉.
Next place on my bucket list: Greece 🇬🇷