Opa! Greek Cuisine & Fun! A Reviewby Jim Gressinger on Apr. 10, 2013, under Restaurant Reviews
I was reminded of that proverb recently. I had just been seated by the hostess at Opa! Greek Cuisine & Fun on N. Campbell when the “gift” was place on my table. It consisted of a rather large plate of sliced pita bread and two dips, one hummus and the other cucumber. Generally I don’t much care for hummus and I had all the cucumbers I’ll ever want when we were in Egypt.
I inquired of the hostess as to why I was being served this “appetizer” since I had not ordered it. “Oh,” said she, “it’s complimentary. Try it. You’ll like it.”
What was I to do? Since I was dining at Opa! to write a dining review, I felt obligated to at least try a tiny bit of both dips. First, I tried the hummus dip. To my surprise and delight it was very tasty. I also noted that the pita bread was fresh. So I then tried the cucumber dip. It tasted quite different than the hummus, but it too was much to my liking. “Well,” I thought, “this could get interesting.”
Turns out that the hostess, Lydia, is also an owner along with her son-in-law, chef Andreas Andoniadis. Since their menu is quite extensive, I asked Lydia for her recommendations. She described several of their most popular dishes and I settled on the Athina Chicken: grilled chicken stuffed with spinach, roasted peppers, and fresh feta cheese ($9). It came with a Greek salad: romaine lettuce, fresh feta cheese, Greek olives, tomatoes, red onions, green peppers and slices of cucumber.
The salad was very fresh and the chicken was as delicious as any I have ever enjoyed.
Another feature I appreciated about Opa! was the interior design. For example, a large mural on the wall opposite my table was a painting of Santorini that made me forget that I was dining in just another Tucson strip mall.
As I was finishing my Athina Chicken, Lydia asked if I would like dessert. I explained that my lunch was both delicious and filling and that I was watching my …
I had not quite finished my sentence when Lydia told me that one of their most popular desserts is baklava. “Try it,” she said, “you’ll like it.”
I love baklava, but have not had any in years. I recalled when we lived in Maryland, one of our neighbor families was Egyptian. The mother would occasionally bring us homemade baklava. So good! I had to sacrifice my diet one more time and at least try Opa!’s.
Lydia was right, as usual. I REALLY like Opa!’s baklava.
As I was signing the credit card ticket, one of the waiters placed a large “to-go” cup of iced tea with a wedge of lemon on my table, the same as I had been drinking with my meal. I looked at him quizzically. He apparently anticipated my question, because he said, “Complimentary, of course.”
Can I wholeheartedly recommend this Greek restaurant? Absolutely! Friendly staff, delicious food, good service, and a pleasant ambiance. Just the kind of establishment we include in our List of the Best Southern Arizona Restaurants. And that’s were I will put this review. Dine at Opa! You’ll like it.
Opa! means “celebrate” in Greek. Their extensive menu includes “low carb” and “gluten-free” options.
Location: 2990 N. Campbell; Tucson. Blacklidge & Campbell.
Sunday – Thursday 10:30 am to 9:00 pm.
Friday & Saturday 10:30 am to 10:00 pm.