If you’re looking for some culinary action this week, head over to Lourdas (50 N. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-520-0288, lourdasgreektaverna.com) for a homestyle Greek meal. If you’ve never dined at Lourdas, the restaurant specializes in seafood dishes and is BYOB. You’ll enjoy the laid-back ambiance and the myriad of Mediterranean flavors. I had the pan-fried sardines with extra virgin olive oil and lemon the last time I went, and they were lip-smacking good. While you’re there, pick up a copy of chef/owner Marina Kamilatos’ new cookbook, Lourdas: A Greek Family Cookbook. (Chances are she’ll give you her John Hancock.)
Now, Kamilatos probably isn’t going to like the fact that my current favorite gyro in town (well, it’s been my favorite for at least four months) is the feta and spicy lamb (or duck, which I had the other night) version at Teresa’s Next Door (124 N. Wayne Ave., Wayne; 610-293-9909, teresas-cafe.com). Packed with thinly sliced, medium-rare lamb, cabbage, carrots, tomato, red onion and creamy/tangy tzatziki, along with a generous dose of sriracha hot chili sauce, this is one of my most revered comfort foods. Recently, TND was offering fried green tomatoes as a special and, to my palate’s content, the crunchy texture and soft, warm tomatoes were a delicious accompaniment to the gyro. If you haven’t sampled the fried artichokes, I can assure you that there are none better anywhere on the Main Line. Go and tell Andy, Roger or Drew that Dawn sent you. Oh, and if you like Old-Fashioneds or Manhattans (yes, you can get other libations than beer!), you’ll get your money’s worth here.
My other new discovery is Ginza (801 Montgomery Ave., Narberth, 610-668-9959). An inconspicuous, non-trendy sushi restaurant that’s more wallet-friendly than most, this place delivers a great lunch. I went last week for a meeting and really enjoyed the simple but excellent-quality chef’s sushi plate (about $14) that came with miso soup. We also had the avocado salad, which was as good as any I’ve eaten elsewhere. The avocados were AMAZINGLY ripe—how do they do it?! The complimentary edamame is a nice touch, the staff is very friendly, and the quiet atmosphere is good for a low-key lunch meeting. In my humble opinion, Ginza is underrated for both sushi value and quality for the price.