When Teiichi Sakurai suggested we meet at this new place in Addison Walk (SW corner of Beltline and the Tollway) I was intrigued, to say the least. "Teach" and I don't waste our dinners out.
Volos Taverna is the latest offering from Mary and Costa Arabatzis (Ziziki’s).
^Keftedes - country-style Greek meatballs served on a plum tomato sauce; ^Loli-Pop Lamb Chops. (These and other "Mezzes" – or small plates – are only $5 at Happy Hour. 4-6:30.)
The food, atmosphere, and general appeal of the place has already made it a favorite with the peeps here at the office. Much more to come on this welcome addition to Addison's casual comfort food caboodle. Stay Tuned!
… The rest of the story:
So, what are Teiichi and I doing at Volos in Addison?
^ Volos owner Costa Arabatzis and Teiichi Sakurai (Tei-An) go way back.
In fact Costa sold his M Street Bistro space at 2014 Greenville Ave. to "Teach" in 1995 – and Teppo was born. They've remained friends, sharing the trials and tribulations of running numerous restaurants in this crazy town over the years.
I had noticed the Volos sign go up on my way to Starbucks one day, but it didn't register as a restaurant from my passing glance (I'm trying to get Costa to add the word "Taverna" to the sign!). Then, last month Teach texted me – "Let's go check out my friends new place – Close to you."
I really like the walk up and patio bar (open to the restaurant). The finish-out (by Bolsa design team Plan B) is very handsome and so welcoming… I immediately fell for the space. The bar is awesome. Time to eat:
^Mediterranean Shrimp in Garlic, Lemon and Wine; ^Meat Tiropitas – flaky fillo stuffed with ground meat flavored with garlic.
^Crespella Taverna – crepes stuffed with ground meat, served on Italian plum tomatoes and baked with béchamel
^Trio Platter – Artichoke Hummus, Tarama and Eggplant Dip with grilled pita; ^ Tamara - a Mediterranean caviar spread.
^Mushroom and Arugula Flatbread; ^a BIG bowl of Creamy Avgolemono w/ Meatballs - garlic, thyme, egg and lemon with orzo.
^Slow-Braised Free-Range Lamb Shank; ^Gigante Beans baked with plum tomatoes, Feta and pancetta.
^Cast Iron Potatoes baked with onions, Feta and Pancetta; ^"Baklava" Cheesecake.
This stuff is rich, flavorful, and yes – cheesy. Very satisfying. A few doors down at Kenny's Wood Fired Grill, chef Kenny Bowers has really hit the right note with the local market – offering well done, oversized, big flavor fare. I'd like to see some of that crowd spill over and give Volos a shot, as well. Comfort ain't a bad thing – not at all.