Zorba's Greek Restaurant

River City Magazine | May / June 2019

THIS PLACE IS ON FIRE: The three-alarm fire of 2011 did nothing to hinder the success of Zorba’s Greek Restaurant (9068 W. Broad Street, Henrico). In fact, the devastation only lit a flame under them to build on their reputation as the well-known, highly patronized Greek and Italian Restaurant it has been since opening in 1990. Besides the year – almost to the day – of being out of business for repairs caused by the fire, Zorba’s has remained one of my favorite lunch and dinner spots for decades! The changes to the décor and kitchen layout after the fire elevated my take from “just great food” to a sophisticated, classy night-out destination. Their tiropita (layers of flaky phyllo filled with feta cheese) is a perfect start to any meal, and my favorite for lunch is the Baby Greek salad with grilled chicken.

It’s a perfectly sized portion with imported Greek feta, tomatoes, cucumbers, pepperoncini, olives, their homemade Greek vinaigrette dressing – and if you’d like, (and I do!) even anchovies! Beware: those never-ending hot yeast rolls that come out first are delicious, (insiders tip: ask for olive oil and parmesan for dipping) but if you eat more than one, you’ll be likely taking home leftovers! Which, I suppose, isn’t necessarily a bad thing...