GREEK FEST: Corner of Calhoun & Sumter

Posted by The LunchMen Thursday, September 16, 2010

If you are new to Columbia, or if you reside under a rock, then you may not know that this is one of the best weeks of the year to live in the Midlands.  Right now, the 24th Annual Greek Festival is underway, featuring live music, art, shops, and delicious Greek food.  Today, Spoony and two of her friends met us for lunch at the festival.  Dr. Phil, the Queen of Frozen Cuisine's better half, drove in and joined us as well. It can be hard to keep a big group together in the throng of GreekFest; we lost Dr. Phil and the Queen for a while, as they decided to sit next to the jammin' Greek band.  Good call, because they also had a big fan cooling them off as they enjoyed their tasty, although hurriedly made, gyros.  They are not the best gyros in town (Hunter Gatherer and Greek Boys' gyros are preferred by the Queen), but they certainly are festive.

I could tell you what to eat at GreekFest, because I go several times every year, but seriously, you should try to eat as much of it as you can.  Today, I had pastichio for lunch, a meat pasta covered with a bake layer of fluffy bechamel.  The plates, which you get in the building rather than outside at the tents, come with Greek salad, spanikopita (spinach and feta cheese in phyllo), and a roll. When I go back tomorrow for lunch, I'll get something different - maybe Greek chicken; when I go Saturday before the game, I'll get something else, etc.  Its all good at GreekFest.

Spoony and The Publican shared a plate of pastichia, and they also had a plate of keftedes.  Keftedes are delicious Greek meatballs.  They are served with a bright, lemon sauce over a bed of noodles.  Now that I've had a chance to think about it, I'll probably tackle a plate of these tomorrow.  

The player's play, however, it is quickly follow these dishes up with some Loukoumades (Greek donuts fried right in front of you) or some delicious Greek pastry before your stomach realizes that you are full.  Don't pass up on enjoying the baking skills of these fine ladies, you'll regret it if you don't take some home to enjoy later.  Support the local festivities, my friends, and embrace GreekFest this week!

- Tank 


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Rabbit, Tank, and The Publican are three dudes just trying to get through the work week here in Columbia. Rabbit is a Columbia native, Tank is from Charleston, and The Publican hails from Greenville. Rabbit's favorite lunch spot is the No Name Deli on Elmwood, where you may find him putting down a grilled chicken salad and a side of vinegar pasta. The Publican usually wants to find food to cure his all-too-common hangovers. Tank claims no favorite lunch spot - he lives for the thrill of the hunt.