Quick Eats: Taverna Tony

Restaurant: Taverna Tony

Location: 23410 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265, Tel: (310) 317-9667

Date: Dec 10, 2010

Cuisine: Greek


I have a weakness for Greek food. I spent big chunks of the summers of 1990 and 1991 in Greece, and a month in 2005. I know it isn’t always the fanciest (although in 2005 I had a brilliant modern Greek meal on the Island of Rhodos), but I love the flavor palette, particularly lamb and yoghurt. And Tzatziki, which I absolutely can’t get enough of. Here in LA our favorite Greek haunt is Taverna Tony. We haven’t exactly tried a zillion of them either, but Tony’s is fun.

The menu.

The serve one of the typical creamy greek spreads with their bread. This is one of the yogurt, garlic, eggplant, olive oil type ones. A guilty pleasure.

As big a wine snob as I am, I’m also a huge believer in drinking the local beverage. I actually like Greek wine. This one is a mainland wine made by monks, Tsantali Agioritikos. In my opinion the best Greek whites (I don’t really drink Greek reds) are from Santorini. If you want the really authentic flavor, go for Retsina — Tony has it — makes me remember my college summers in Greece, but not to everyone’s taste.

One thing about Tony’s, they have mega sized portions (to use the Greek). My wife always gets the “Vegetarian’s paradise” which is basically every dip and vegetarian appetizer known in Greece. It comes on two plates, the hot and cold. Don’t even think about trying to order an appetizer, or even a salad unless you have a lot of people. A partial list of what’s included is: Hummus, Tzatziki, Melitzanosalata, Tabouli, Spanakopita, Tiropita, Feta Cheese, Horta.

The hot plate of above. Spanakopita etc. You can see the ubiquitous rice and overcooked vegetables (I like them this way at Greek and Turkish places).

This is the “ROAST BABY LAMB KLEFTIKO, Baby Lamb, slow-roasted with Herbs, Garlic, Onions, Oregano – A House Specialty that melts in your mouth.” That pretty much says it all.

In case you couldn’t see the lamb itself well enough, here it is again!  Baah!

I always get a side of “TZATZIKI DIP  Fresh Yoghurt, Cucumber, Fresh Mint, Garlic.” Roast lamb is just not roast lamb unless slathered in Tzatziki.

It’s worth noting that the atmosphere is fun here, and they have very loud live Greek music. There seem to be an endless supply of families throwing some kind of big dinner’s with like 20-30 people at huge long tables laden with food — this also is very Greek. There might be better Greek food in town (if anyone knows please tell me), but I’m perfectly happy with my monthly dose of lamb, yogurt, and Greek wine.

You can see the band in the corner.

A giant table arrayed on the patio.

5 comments on “Quick Eats: Taverna Tony

  1. Giannakidis Dimitris says:

    Amazing A.gavin 🙂 i love the island Rhodos its so unique(Crete and Corfu its amazing to, but the best place in Greece is Mykonos) i love the mediteranian foods,its so healthy.About wines i prefer the yiannakohori kyr Gianni,is the best and the biblia hora is one of the best (red),but tsantali has all the greek flavor inside the bottle.Taverna Tony its so famus even heare in Greece, i stay in Thessaloniki capital of macedonia(no the fake one macedonia, in original one and only one greek macedonia, alexanders counry 🙂 )

    • agavin says:

      I’m partial to Santorini whites. 🙂 I’ve had good meals all over Greece, but it did seem in the time between 1990 and 2005 that things were more touristy and a lot of the authentic restaurants were harder to find.

  2. Giannakidis Dimitris says:

    yes thats right the white its magic on this island 🙂 the best restaurants you can find them in Athens and thessaloniki,and of course in islands.

    I dont now way,but i love the TGI FRIDAYS SOOOOOO MUCH 🙂 we have 2 of them in my city (thessaloniki)

    • agavin says:

      ug. TGIF? yuck. I hate chain’s 🙂 Besides the amazing place on Rhodos, in ’05I had a great meal in Mykonos, and a place in Oia in Santorini whose name was a number, but it was really good. Food in Istanbul/Constantinople was really really good too, but if you’re Greek I know that is sacrilegious 🙂 Like when someone in Corfu (i think it was) told me that the Turkish delight wasn’t Turkish delight (I think they called it Lokum).

  3. Giannakidis Dimitris says:

    Hahaha 🙂 yes the lokum be long to Greece from many centuries ago 🙂 yes i know about constantinople foods because my grandparents was from this city(when the time ago be long to us 😦 ).As i see A.gavin do you went on best Islands of my country 🙂 cooool :)ok i know TGIF yuck,but Applebees not ah ? hihihiihi :)_

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