Good Morning Gators!
It’s LATE! 8AM! We are here a few minutes before 8 but Diane spotted that they had already opened. She went in while I took the required exterior photos and here they are…
As it turned out they weren’t quite ready for visitors. The chairs were on the tables and the floor was being mopped. Our very friendly server Alyssa took the chairs down at the table we chose. Diane parked got menued up and ordered Coffee. I took the required interior shots and here they are…
As you can see the interior is Black Brown and white. It’s sleek modern and carpet free. They DO have “The Bench” (See rant page) but the tables are spread far enough apart that sitting next to your neighbor is not an issue here. 9 The music is contemporary coffeehouse classics. EH 7
The coffee is a tough call. It was unlike anything Ive had. I couldn’t decide if it was quality beans with improper prep or low quality beans. It was strong but skunky 7
The first thing I thought when we walked in was that the space was clean and open and crisply decorated, clean floors and windows with lots of room for the staff to get around, which is nice for a change after visiting communal table places. The bathroom was shiny bleach clean too. Great start. 8
They are very relaxed yet bustle about at the same time. Once I found a well lit table, Alyssa walked up with a huge smile and menus in hand. I noticed how the staff worked together to get set up for Sunday breakfast clients, joking and chatting each other. However they all moved about on a mission. To me this is a sign of a well run establishment. Get the job done efficiently yet have fun doing it 9
There is an extensive Brunch menu as well as a listing on separate sheet of daily specials. Hot coffee was poured and found to be strong brew. They also have a specialty coffee menu with many choices of flavored lattes as well as Greek coffee. Prices noted to be reasonable. 8
Lokma (Turkish), loukoumades (Greek: λουκουμάδες, singular λουκουμάς, loukoumas), zalabyieh (Arabic: زلابية), or bāmiyeh are pastries made of deep fried dough soaked in syrup, chocolate sauce or honey, with cinnamon and sometimes sprinkled with sesame or grated walnuts. The common ancestor of Lokma varieties originates in Ottoman Empire.
Flavor of the month is Elvis. Peanut butter and Bacon. Hot Damn Tamale Baby!
These were crispy chewy soft tasty morsels with a super smooth peanut buttery sauce then sprinkled with smokey bacon bits. I expected much sweetness from this dish but as it turned out it was hardly sweet at all. It was actually borderline savory. It was a tasty way to start our day. 8
The Loukamades are on the menu, yet the dish we ordered was a special of the day… they were made fresh so plan on a 15-20 wait. The plate looked fabulous and to see the peanut butter sauce melting down the hot little morsels of fried dough made me swoon. The bacon was good quality, smoky and meaty. However there was a sweet factor missing, as the light dusting of confectioners sugar did little to counter the salty bacon/ Peanut butter sauce. I would like to see either a drizzle of good quality honey or some dark chocolate curls atop this beauty of a dish 8
Along with the donuts I ordered Greek Coffee (Turkish Coffee)
Turkish coffee refers to a method of brewing very finely ground coffee. Any coffee bean may be used; arabica varieties are considered best, but robusta or a blend is also used. The beans must be ground to a very fine powder, which is left in the coffee when served.
Turkish coffee is made by bringing very finely ground coffee beans with water and usually sugar to the boil in a special pot called cezve. As soon as the mixture begins to froth, and before it boils over, about one-third of the coffee is distributed to individual cups; the remaining amount is returned to the fire and distributed to the cups as soon as it starts to boil. The coffee is traditionally served in a special type of small porcelain cup called a kahve finjanı.
Sugar is added to Turkish coffee while brewing, so the amount of sugar must be specified when preparing the coffee. It may be served unsweetened (Turkish: sade kahve), with little or moderate sugar (Turkish: orta şekerli), or sweet (Turkish: tatlı). Plain coffee is usually served with Turkish delight, or sometimes a piece of rock candy. It may also be spiced with cardamom.
It’s like Gritty Coffee Gravy. It’s almost chewy. Super Extra Strength. Not for the timid or people with heart conditions. I really enjoyed it 8 The sludge in the bottom of the cup is so strong that it could probably be mixed in a quart of hot water to make a pot of Americanos. I liked the little anise flavored cookie that was served with it.
I don’t even deserve to rate this since I merely dipped a clean spoon into Gene’s cup to sip. This is one crazy strong beverage, as my eyes popped and I felt a zingy tingly JOLT. Only the brave can handle a cup of this brew. Tasty yet strong as hell. Gene had fun with it!
(3) Mini pitas filled with egg, gyro, onion, tomato, topped with tzatziki. Served with diced red potato.
The mini Pita breads were fresh soft and had a good pita texture and chew. The scrambled eggs were NOT hammered. I was pleasantly surprised. The Gyro bits were seasoned perfectly. Raw red onion is a palette buster. One bite of it and all you can taste after it is onion. I kicked it all off before I took a bite. I think a bit of pickled onion would be a great substitute. The Tzatziki was killer. You could eat it alone with a spoon. Probably the best I’ve had in years. This combination was fantastic. It was simple but well executed. A difficult thing to pull off. I would order it again in a minute. 9 The potatoes were decent. They had a touch of heat and were seasoned ok. I would have been fine without them.
Once in awhile as we venture out to Gator a new place, we see a menu that has a few items that just stand out due to the creative combination of ingredients, or local purveyors that supply seasonal items we may not get to try again soon. We love to order these types of dishes. This was one because of the gyro with freshly made Tzatziki in a TACO….!! I love red onion sliced paper thin but agree that less is more. The symphony of flavors leave nothing more to be desired here. This was the most delicious little taco. The potatoes were very tasty and a tad spicy and a slight hint of lemon made them perfect plate for the Greek style taco 10
Flamed Cheese Bacon Green Onion Potatoes Hollandaise English Muffin Fruit Cup
This is on the “Specials” menu. The Hollandaise was OK. Had a decent citrus note and was smooth and had good mouth feel. There could have been more of it. 7 The poached eggs were overcooked. I suspect sitting on top of the Saganaki cooked them. There is not much that they could do about that except serve them on the side. 7 The Muffin was well toasted. This is actually pretty rare It looked like that it was grilled. 9 The cheese was classically prepared. Lightly floured and fried. This dish was another winner. 8 It was brutally salty as Saganaki is and the Bacon was really unnecessary but I enjoyed it just the same. The fruit cup was a good match. It gives you a break from the salt. Overall an original and inventive special.
Ahhhh Saganaki. I was introduced to it when I was an older teen working at the Prime Minister as a waitress on weekends. Coworkers disliked the pomp and circumstance with which we were trained to present this dish to customers. I loved the hot metal chafing dish, pouring brandy on top, lighting the cheese and squeezing lemon juice on it. We ordered this dish with high hopes that it would be delicious. I skipped the poached egg and English muffin but tested the Hollandaise. it was lemony and silky. This rating is for the cheese and presentation. 8
Filled with diced baklava pieces and milk chocolate. Topped with baklava, more chocolate and honey.
Sounds delicious doesn’t it? Well it IS!
The pancakes are light super fluffy and have an amazing honey flavor. It’s hard for me to believe that it’s just from liquid Honey. You can get powdered Honey now (I have some) and I bet that it’s involved in this dish somewhere. It has Baklava bits sprinkled on top and some elevated chocolate syrup. This is a Diabetic Coma on a plate. It’s Freakn” AMAZING 9 A definite re order. I’ve been dieting all week. I decimated my effort with this.
Baklava is delicious yet I believe a little goes a long way, and Briki gets this one right. The cakes are not standard box mix pancakes, they are tender and light and airy. There was just a bit of baklava in the batter…..perfect so as not to conflict with the pancake taste. The baklava chunks on top and mini dark chocolate chips were a fitting finish. I cannot wait to go back and order these. 9
Well That’s it Gators
Briki’s is a Super Greek establishment that doesn’t try to cover up their heritage. They have a good vibe and some delicious original inventive dishes. A friendly staff and Brandon has a Handle on the operation. Briki has earned a spot on the Gator Favorites List.
Get over there.
Thanks Christine for the Suggestion .
As for us? We are off to our next adventure!
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