Thursday, October 24, 2013

Classic Fifties Diner Experience at Zoe's in Harvard Square

Tucked away in the basement level of a building on Mass Ave. near Harvard Square is a little gem of your all-American classic diner, Zoe's Restaurant. In addition to serving breakfast all day, Zoe's offer Greek cuisine in a retro atmosphere topped with chrome and vinyl, a jukebox, and flavored sodas.

For an appetizer, we decided to share an order of "Famous" Homemade Spanakopita ($4.49), or paper thin phyllo stuffed with spinach and Feta cheese wrapped in paper thin phyllo dough. We were a bit taken aback by the presentation--literally, we received a plate with one big fat piece of spanakopita.

Inside the crispy phyllo dough was a generous mush of spinach and Feta cheese. I liked the ratio between the phyllo dough and the spinach/cheese filling. I am glad we ordered just one serving because too much of it would have been a bit cheesy for my liking.

For my entree, I decided to go with Zoe's "specialty" of Mix'n Match Kabob ($15.99). I chose the beef and shrimp kebob. All kebobs are served with choice of potato or rice and vegetable.

The amount of beef and shrimp was just right for my liking! A true surf'n turf, indeed. The marinated chunks of sirloin in Zoe's special seasoning was tender and juicy, while the shrimp marinated in a light honey Dijon was plump. The kebobs were also skewered with vegetables like onion and bell pepper.

I chose to get rice on the side with green beans. The rice had some sort of tomato marinara sauce on top. I would have much preferred fresh green beans, but these were soaked in some nasty, oily red sauce.

It would be a shame to come to a diner and not order something from the breakfast menu. The Smoked Salmon Benedict ($11.99) had two dropped eggs with Atlantic smoked salmon and grilled tomato topped with hollandaise sauce on English muffin. These were served with homefries. I didn't try the dish but it certainly looked rich and filling!

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