RESTAURANT & GRILL
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Mrs. Rhonda Browning White
Call Me a Fresko Foodie!
While I frequently play at being an amateur foodie, it’s been quite a while since I’ve written a restaurant review about my culinary adventures. Fortunately, our recent meal at Fresko Restaurant & Grill on South Ridgewood Avenue in South Daytona proved scrumptious enough to bring my taste buds and pen out of hiding. Fresko recently opened their authentic Greek-cuisine restaurant in the space locals know as the old US 1 Restaurant.
My husband Randy and I stopped in relatively late on a Friday evening with friends Ron and Paula. Updated décor includes a royal-blue-and-white color scheme replete with Greek key motifs and traditional stoneware adding charm to rustic brick walls, plus tables graced with floral arrangements designed by a family member of one of the owners. Near the restaurant’s entrance, a Greek market is being built, and shelves were already lined with canned goods, sweets, and spices, and a glass display case promises freshly made offerings, as well. Outside, a tiki bar was temporarily closed, but we were told it would soon be open and staffed.
Between the four of us, we sampled several dishes. From the orektika (appetizers) menu, I chose a personal Greek favorite, saganaki, a pan-fried Greek cheese topped with a splash of ouzo, flambéed and finished with freshly squeezed lemon juice. Because the ceilings in the restaurant are low, our server was unable to flame the cheese at our table (an initial letdown), but she served it piping hot—crisp on the outside and oozing on the inside—along with tasty wedges of warm, grilled pita wedges. After only one bite, we quickly forgot to be disappointed in the lack of a fire show.
Randy ordered soutroukakla (Greek meatballs) to share, and these light, flavorful, football-shaped meatballs simmered in a well-seasoned tomato sauce arrived topped with crumbles of melting feta cheese and several large cubes of fresh-baked bread. The order included four large meatballs—plenty to share with our famished group with a little left over.
Ron selected the gyros pikilia, a heaping platter of sliced, juicy gyro, surrounded by grilled pita wedges and topped with a hefty slathering of tzatziki ( a creamy cucumber and garlic dip made with Greek yogurt and onions). The lovely presentation included thinly sliced Roma tomatoes. The four of us worked hard to devour this yummy platter, but we still had enough to take home for lunch. This would be a perfect take-out dish to carry to a party. So cool and refreshing!
A cup of avgolemono (egg and lemon soup) arrived steaming and chock full of chunks of chicken. The soup was tangy and thick—more like a stew—and served with large, fresh bread cubes for tearing and dipping. Paula and Ron each ordered gyro wraps served in grilled pita bread. Each tzatziki-topped wrap could easily serve two people. Paula selected a side of over-roasted potatoes, which were a bit crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Ron’s side of orzo was flavored with tomato sauce that gave the dish a comforting spaghetti-like flavor.
We arrived hungry, yet we never expected each of our dishes to be so generous in portion-size, nor so hearty and filling. We each took home boxes for lunch the next day, and no one had room to sample from the dessert menu that includes, among an impressive list of choices like baklava, rice pudding, Greek chocolate cake (sokolatina), and sweet Mavrodaphne wine.
Have I used the word fresh too much? I could say it a dozen times when describing each bite we tasted, and still not convey how truly fresh the food proved to be. We’re so impressed that we’re already planning our next trip to Fresko. Hope to see you there!
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I've eaten in once and carried out twice. I have not been disappointed at all (and I grew up eating Greek food). The staff are very nice, the ambiance is perfectly Greek, and the menu has wonderful choices. I am looking forward to coming on a belly-dancing night! Best wishes to them as I love having a Greek restaurant near my home.Type your paragraph here.
Some of the freshest authentic Greek food we have had. What a great casual atmosphere. We felt at home from the moment we stepped in. Looking forward to working our way through the menu! Thanks Fresko!
This site has been many things, but Fresko is the real deal! Grilled octopus, lamb dishes and mousaka were delicious. Pleasant service and decor. Full bar service, even an outdoor bar. Greek bakery coming soon. Finally good Greek food in Daytona!
The gyros and fries are awesome. I am a VERY picky french fry person and theirs are perfect. Lamb Shank is fall off the bone yummy. Salads are a great choice for lunch and have an added flair, not quite the same as anywhere else. I LOVE THIS PLACE. I feel like home! Great Tiki bar too in the nice weather. Wonderful place to hang out and enjoy great food and friends.
We enjoyed fresh Greek specialties outside on the patio. We feasted on lamb shanks, spanakopita and delicious baklava with a lovely presentation.
Great service, yummy food and a dog friendly atmosphere. The tiki bar looks fun too!
Food was delicious and it is the only real Greek restaurant in the area (no, diners serving pre-made gyros with sour cream based sauces don't count). I would highly recommend.
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