Broward-Palm Beach New Times  Skorpios is cozy, unpretentious, and exceedingly cheerful. And there's not a drop of decent booze to be had in the place (my glass of house wine was atrocious — seeing I'd barely touched it, they sweetly offered to remove it from my bill). Skorpios II is full of Greeks eating the kind of food they remember from the old country, and those customers who aren't Greek begin to wish they were by the time they scrape up the last crumb of Skorpios' homemade butter cookies.

Dishes here are simply prepared and taste like something your grandmother would have fed you if you'd been lucky enough to have a Greek yaya: crunchy fried zucchini strips drizzled with pomegranate sauce ($5.95) and falafel rounds dipped in tahini that seem to melt on contact with your tongue; spicy, wine-braised Greek sausage flecked with orange rind (loukaniko, $14.95); and tiny and tender baby lamb chops ($17.95), lightly charred and perfectly grilled, that outshine the same dish at many upscale restaurants. Dinner entrées include a small, tart Greek salad loaded with crumbled feta and ripe olives, rice pilaf, a rather watery egg-lemon soup, and a vegetable (baked green beans the night we dined), so you won't walk away hungry. Also on the menu: Greek pizza, a pasta called pastichio made with chopped beef and béchamel (the Greek version of lasagna), moussaka, cheese pie, a variety of meze, and chicken or lamb shish kebabs. For dessert, homemade galactobureko ($3.75) is so good that it was lauded by Bon Appétit magazine: thin layers of filo layered with egg custard and suffused with honey. Included in the price of the entrée are a couple of crumbly, buttery Greek cookies (koudimbedes) dusted with confectioners' sugar. I don't know what the Greek term for "Yum!" is, but it should be the national exclamation. However you pronounce it, we South Floridians have finally earned the right to shout it from our rooftops.

Sep 25, 2009 | Posted by: roboblogger

Skorpios II is located in a strip mall on Lake Worth Road a short distance west of the intersection with Jog Road. Outside are tables with blue and white umbrellas. Inside, the blue and white theme continues broken only by the occasional Grecian country side mural. Blue skirt lighting near the ceiling adds ambience to the rooms.

The staff greet you like you are one of the family and anticipate your needs before you even know what they are. One such need is putting the salad dressing on the side so you can choose how much you want on your greens. Another is to use margarine instead of butter along with the traditional olive oil all good Greek food has at its heart.

The Goussis family starts cooking early in the morning, using the best ingredients (even if it costs extra for them) to give their guests the most flavorful experience they can have. Their attention to detail extends to the gyro meat which is flown in from Brooklyn, New York, the Greek food capital of the United States.

At Skorpios II, the flavors jump off the plate and into your mouth. Try Nick's Special ($19.95), a platter with spinach pie, Moussaka, Pastitsio, stuffed grape leaves, rice pilaf and vegetables. It comes with pita bread & tzatziki sauce (Greek yogurt dip with garlic, cucumbers and dill), salad, a choice of soup, and two desserts—Kourabiethes (almond cookies) and rice pudding.


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